Toy Trains for Christmas

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Project by Rick George posted 01-10-2012 05:27 AM 1772 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 2nd set of toys for Christmas. Taken from some plans I found in a book, I found that this was a fun and challenging project. The author warned that I needed to be prepared to spend some time in the shop, but I had no idea! The only tool I didn’t use was my router.

All of the material used I found in my shop. The primary wood is Ponderosa Pine with accent pieces made of mahagony. Most of the engine components were turned. The large wheels were made using a circle cutter while the smaller wheels were made using hole saws.

The grandchildren love it and I had great time being Santa’s elf. My son and daughter-in-law like it, too, but they would have prefered that I omit the whistle.

-- Rick

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 05:41 AM

Very cool, what a great gift. A fantastic use of “scrap”!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 07:39 AM

Wow why wouldn’t your grand kids love it why cool.


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#3 posted 01-10-2012 01:09 PM

Very nice job!!! I like the accent wood you added. It’s balanced and really makes the pieces pop!

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 01:11 PM

way cool…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 01:31 PM

That’s a very nice miniature. I like it and you did a fine job on it.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 03:47 PM

Wow, I bet the grandchildren do love this!! Fantastic work

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 05:11 PM

Thanks for the supporting comments.

-- Rick

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#8 posted 01-12-2012 04:23 AM

Great detail

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 02-07-2012 06:31 AM

That is beautiful. You did a great job.

-- Danielle -

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