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    Cool 1860 Steam Train

    This will be a scratch built Stream train in the style of the 1860ís or there about.
    Something like this.

    Hereís where I got to today.

    I have three partial days in it, one of those spit and sputter builds.
    I have the plans for both Toys and Joys trains but wanted it to have a longer look to the boiler.
    I have built both the wood and coal T&Jís Trains.
    Started with the frame.

    The back is 3/4Ē and went back and thinned the front part down to 1/2Ē, I used dowels to hold the parts together and will add a lot a strength to it.
    Donít faint but I used the Shop Smithís lathe tools to build these parts. lol






    Back in the 1980ís I had a one man shop and built many house and restaurant cabinets.
    I used very simple tools a Sears RA saw and table saw and my SS was used for my drill press and any disk sanding that came along.
    But what I want to show is how I did my face frames back then and what I used today for the train frame.
    I have a Dowel Crafter doweling jig and it make quick work of doweling for face frames and fast quick doors.
    First you mark the center of the face of the two boards.


    Mark one board as x and the other as o.
    In this picture Iím going to drill the x board first.
    Line the board center up with the dowelers center and drill the two holes.
    Then flip the doweler around and drill the o board with two holes.






    The top of the boards are flush with each other, If the board were of different thicknesses would make no difference they would be flush.

    Using the kreg system works the same way but uses screws to hold it all together but it hadnít come out yet when I was building cabinets.
    The Dowel Crafter isnít made any more but can be found on Ebay for around $25.
    You can also build your own jig of wood that will work just fine.
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    Won't be long at this rate before this beauty is steaming down the track Bruce...
    Looking good sir ...
    Cheers, Peter

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    Nice work Bruce

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    Got a little more done.


    Found out my tread making jig also does a pretty good job at making spoke wheels, sure saves a lot a time I would have to be drawing all the points needed to drill. Just add a blank and drill, once the jig is centered to the bit.

    The indexer is set up for cutting 36 treads but as you can see I have it marked for every other hole or as I did this time every third hole.

    As you can see the backer plate gets pretty chewed up when making the different sizes and angled treads.

    Then I glued the parts to some card board to keep every thing lined up and glued in the spokes.




    I forgot to mention I added a walk way before I started the wheels.

    I really have fun adding all the dodads inside the cab.

    Then I wasnít going to do it but added the wheel Guides to the bottom of the wheels. Sorry donít know what you call them, but I built them!!! lol




    Up next will be the cow catcher, I always have fun figuring it out. #4 over and out
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    G'Day Bruce, You make it it so easy but in fact I know the skill & patience it takes to do the wheels so well; Top Marks Sir... Cheers, Peter

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    how many went ebaying for a dowell crafter, Ebay au brings up all sorts of stupid things (what a surprise) but not the real deal, plenty in USA though
    Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

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    Love the build.
    I wonder how many cows you will catch with your cow catcher?
    The wheel guides are called flanges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyz View Post
    how many went ebaying for a dowell crafter, Ebay au brings up all sorts of stupid things (what a surprise) but not the real deal, plenty in USA though
    I guess it's a US thing like the Shop Smith tons of them sold but only in the Us.
    Tonyz I blog it first on Lumber Jocks then copy and paste it here.
    I used to rewrite it here but found out I could just copy and paste and got to lazy to edit it for you all. SORRY!!!
    Here's an interesting site that shows how to make your own dowellers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyjack View Post
    Love the build.
    I wonder how many cows you will catch with your cow catcher?
    The wheel guides are called flanges.
    A close friend used to own buffaloes, and I could have tried catching one of those but he quit messing with them as they have a mind of their own and can hardly be controlled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crowie View Post
    G'Day Bruce, You make it it so easy but in fact I know the skill & patience it takes to do the wheels so well; Top Marks Sir... Cheers, Peter
    Crowie I may make it sound easy but just 4 years ago I would not be able to under stand let alone do some of the things I do every week building these models.
    I have learned so much hanging around these model building sites picking up a tip here and there and combining them to build my projects.
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    I like the simple clever way you did the ďcow catchersĒ Bruce; well done sir!
    cheers, Peter

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    Top work as always Bruce

    Accidentally pushed Request for picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith_1 View Post

    Accidentally pushed Request for picture

    Regards

    Keith
    You want more pictures I got them. LOL!!!


    Got the hand rails done and didn't like the front wheels I made way to modern looking so made some spokes, which as small as they are was a pain.
    I got looking at the picture of the real General train and it has spoke wheels on the front.


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    Thanks Bruce.

    You are doing a great job

    Regards

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