Regular Trains #1: A Simple Train

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Blog entry by Alan posted 05-06-2008 07:40 AM 966 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After the Circus Train I wanted to make a regular train. Band saw and drill press are the tools used, step one:

Then a few coats of milk based paint (blue, black and red) and acrylic (orange and green). I like the milk paints, go on nice and cover well and have a smooth finish.

Now to design some of my own using this style. I also need to find a better way to cut wheels, I may use dowels rather than cutting the out with a hole saw.

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#1 posted 05-06-2008 08:27 AM

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#2 posted 05-06-2008 10:56 AM


Thanks for the post. I have enjoyed looking at these posts. This one helps clarify some of the construction of these toys.

Well done.

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

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#3 posted 05-06-2008 12:10 PM

I just love these little trains. Fast and rewarding projects. Good work my friend.

As for cutting wheels, there is a tool that can be put in your drill pres and used to cut small circles/wheels.
This is one I have from Lee Valley, works fairly well, but I have seen the same thing advertised a little cheaper elsewhere.

Lee Valley Wheel Cutter

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 05-06-2008 05:58 PM

Thanks toyguy! That may be just what I need. The hole saw leaves such a rough edge to the wheels and even with the little jig I made to mount them to the drill press to sand them they get a bit uneven since the pressure I’m exerting when I press the paper to them isn’t consistent I’m sure.

OR I just need better quality hole saws.

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#5 posted 05-07-2008 03:31 AM

Here is an even better tool for the job if you are interested. I don’t have one and have never used it but I have been told by some of the other toy makers that it works great…
Check it out….........

The Wheel Wright.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 05-07-2008 04:16 AM

Great toy Alan, anything to keep the kids away from the TV.

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

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#7 posted 05-07-2008 05:03 AM

I love these kinds of projects. Quick and dirty. You did a good job on them.

-- JJohn

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#8 posted 05-07-2008 05:20 AM

Great project. I’m big on trains and this like a neat one.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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