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This is a fun little project. I made it about a month ago in two days. I made it for a school project. It was actually all made of 2X4’s and a few dowel rods. I had to cut around all the knots in the 2X4 and if you look, there is absolutely no knots in the front car. There was a knot in the second car but I hid it right behind the wheel. My bandsaw came in handy for these tiny cuts. I went off of a picture I saw, and modified it a little and I made the smoke stack in a very interesting way. I don’t have a lathe, so that was out of the question, and I didn’t buy it, I actually took a peice of 1 5/8 inch dowel rod and I drilled a hole in the center. Then I put a bolt through it with a nut on the end. After this I mounted it in my drill press. I then clamped a peice of scrap to the side, kind of like a tool rest, and used a chisle to shape it. It was pretty cool. I did the same method for the rounding of the wheel exept with sandpaper instead of a chisle. I wish I had a lathe because I want to start turning bowls and pens for the most part and I have a really cool plan for a orniment in my WOOD magazine. I was going to paint this train, but I figured that It was a school project, plus then I would have to prime it, and I was to lazy to do all of that work so I just left it the way it is. I also didn’t want to stain or finish it because I have tried staining part of a 2X4 and it doens’t look that great so. I think it came out well even though it has no color.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#1 posted 02-28-2008 12:53 AM

Looks good Tyler. I think I like it unfinished too. When you think about it, if a toddler or small child got a hold of it to play with, the first thing they’d want to do is pop it in their mouth. This way there’s nothing to worry about as far as the finish is concerned. Another good project.

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#2 posted 02-28-2008 01:11 AM

Nice job, Tyler!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 01:48 AM

This is a really cool project, Tyler. Very innovative job on the smoke stack. You are an intelligent and resourceful young man.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-28-2008 01:59 AM

Great train Tyler. Well done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 02-28-2008 02:11 AM

Tyler, great thinking on the stack. Woodworkers are some of the most innovative people I know and you just proved that point. Careful what you wish for on the lathe. You will find that it is addictive. I bought my first lathe a few years ago and now everyone I know either has one of my pens or wants one. Once you start turning you have caught the sickness. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#6 posted 02-28-2008 04:45 AM

A tip of the Hat to you Tyler:

A an age of 13 you have have already shown a great deal of innovation in your thinking…. Heck I was almost 40 before I thought to use my drill press like a lathe. Your toy trian looks great and will make a small kid very happy sometime… Keep up the great work.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 02-28-2008 08:30 AM

Tyler you are a breath of fresh air. Your work and thought process is way beyond your young age. You are destined for great things if you work hard and keep that positive “can do” spirit. I really enjoy not only your work, but your writing abilities as well. Your family must be proud of you.

I am just really impressed with the youngsters posting work here – Dave just posted a Blue Ribbon table and he’s even younger than you. Woodworking is in for a treat in the future – which is you guys.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Jiri Parkman

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#8 posted 02-28-2008 02:44 PM

Very nice. Good inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#9 posted 02-28-2008 03:09 PM

that’s awesome! Love the train and I really enjoyed reading about how you made it.

My favourite part: then I would have to prime it, and I was to lazy to do all of that work so I just left it the way it is … haha my kind of thinking!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 02-29-2008 12:05 AM

Hi! Tyler
Great post! Keep them coming. Nice Train.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#11 posted 02-29-2008 09:59 PM

chu chu !!!

-- A. Molloy

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#12 posted 11-12-2010 11:40 PM

Nice toy. Nice and clean work.

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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