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  1. Toy train for my youngest shop helper

    Simple toy train for my youngest daughter, Evi (2 1/2 yrs). Pine with Shellac finish.
  2. Toy Train

    My friend asked me to make a toy train for her son's birthday. I think she had something simpler in mind but I thought it would be fun excuse to use a combination of tools in my shop (table saw, band saw, lathe, drill press, sander) and try and come up with something special. The train is made...
  3. Steam Locomotive

    Steam locomotive Reading When I started this project using Gatto plans, the second day I was asking myself what in the world have I got myself into??? As I've said in my blog this project starts with a ton a little bitty parts and ends the same way. I'm very happy with the way it turned out and...
  4. Gatto Train Passenger Car

    Well got it done, so now have built the whole Gatto car set for the Reading train. Tony said the whole set is 7 foot long, just the passenger and Caboose is 32". It is made with walnut and maple and finished it with Danish oil which looks wet in the picture but will flaten out as it dries, see...
  5. Toy train with wagons

    IF you want to see how I made the locomotive: If you want to see how I made the wagons:
  6. the santa in me-CHOO CHOO TRAIN

    THIS HAS BEEN SO MUCH FUN FOR ME, ITS A SMALL TRAIN SET MADE FOR A FRIENDS GRANDSON, THE ENGINE IS MADE FROM WALNUT, RED CEDAR AND DOG WOOD AND HEART PINE, AND THE CARS ARE MADE WITH ANTIQUE SOUTHERN HEART PINE AND WALNUT. I PAINTED A FIRE BOX WITH FLAMES IN IT , THIS LITTLE BOY IS FIVE YEARS...
  7. Coal Train

    Well I finally made some track for the train so it's time to post it up. It all started with the Caboose with no plans to make any other cars but once I got started I couldn't stop. Caboose blog http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/83562 Train engine blog http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/84770 This...
  8. Woodworking Skill Share
    I have a Victoria extending dining table which is also our kitchen table. It came with a house we bought and the whole family used it for evening from carpentry (when I want looking) to painting and home work. After the children left home I had it re - polished with a 'hard' shellac top coat...
  9. Designing Woodworking Projects
    In the early 80's I made a toy train for my kids. It was a neat train. It had engine, coal car, box car, flatbed and caboose. Each car was 8-12" long. The boiler was made from a rolling pin and it utilized stock parts for wheels and people. Mine was maple and walnut. I was sure that the plans...
  10. Blogs
    Prototype/Interim around the tree (with pix) Just to give the payoff early, here's a video, no sound, skip to the last third if you want to see the fold-up action: I like model railroads. When I was a kid, my dad worked with a guy named Bill Kennedy who had the Ramapo Valley Railroad in his...
  11. Blogs
    Part 2 - Making the boiler Making the boiler (or the round part that gives a steam train it's distinctive look) was started in another blog, not part of this series, so at the risk of repeating myself, here goes: Decided to make a cylinder "Cooper Style" (that's what I call it) in the way that...
  12. Blogs
    Another toy BullDozer Been playing with another wood toy project. Bought and down loaded the plans for the Bull Dozer from Wood Store Net. I was looking at the High Gear Dozer from Toys and Joys but you have to order the plans which is fine but I wanted to get started now not two weeks from...
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  13. Designing Woodworking Projects
    I have a 42×18 x 1 3/8" piece of Myrtlewood and a 52×14 x 1 1/8" piece of Walnut with live edges that I'd like to make into a coffee table that stands at 18" high to the top of the table. The Myrtlewood is to be the top. I was thinking two wide (14") Walnut legs. I will use all the live edges on...
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