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#1 Sawdust OFFLINE  

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Posted September 21, 2013 - 10:08 PM

Since we have some train folks on here I'm going to start my own thread & share some of my stuff. I'm a carpenter by trade & I like building rustic structures. I use a lot of poplar from cabinets & cedar for some exterior work & I save my scraps for this. I have a vintage Rockwell Homecraft 10" cast iron table saw I converted to a hobby saw. I have a lot to share because trains have always been my favorite hobby until recently I got the GT fever :D  I will start out with a rail car load I made using some HO Scale tractors. I did a little painting on these they were all red. I did some silver & black to highlight some of the details. Thanks for looking & I'll have more later.

 

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Posted September 21, 2013 - 11:38 PM

I am like you I have had trains all my life, but they have talen a back seat since I have contacted tractor fever. I collect American Flyer S gauge. I am also from Cincinnati. Do they still have the big train layout at Union Terminal? Keep the pictures coming!!


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Posted September 22, 2013 - 05:57 AM

love the trains


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Posted September 22, 2013 - 06:27 AM

Nice looking flat car load.  I remember seeing something very similar written up in MR magazine once, was that you?  I converted my attic space into a train room with floor and walls.  That was where I used to put my energy until I found the Massey lawn tractors.  My kids love going up and playing with trains.


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Posted September 22, 2013 - 06:32 AM

I always enjoyed seeing people like yourself make models and displays that make you look twice because they look so real ! Please post more for us to enjoy .
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Posted September 22, 2013 - 07:00 AM

Nice flatcar and tractors. I had trains when I was a boy. My FIL had a pretty large layout but sold it all when he had to move to an apartment. Thanks for posting and I would like to see more! 


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Posted September 22, 2013 - 07:57 AM

Trains and tractors,it doesn't get any better! Nice detail work on the farmalls!


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Posted September 22, 2013 - 08:49 AM

Great work on those Farmalls.  That extra detailing makes a great looking picture.  I can't wait to see more.  I was an N scale train man before my divorce.  They are all in a box somewhere now.  I might have to switch to HO with my eyesight what it is now.


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Posted September 30, 2013 - 06:42 PM

Being a carpenter by trade I wanted a saw mill on my layout. The problem was this turned out to be such a large area & we are hoping to move soon I never placed it on my layout. I will share some of the buildings over the next few posts.

 

The log dump that will dump the logs into the pond to be floated to the mill conveyor.

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I needed a couple of water tanks because fires were a big problem at the mills.

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The main building that the logs go into to be milled & sorted to be sent to the kilns.

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Hope you enjoyed I have a lot more to share.


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Posted September 30, 2013 - 07:41 PM

Jim, those are terrific.  Thanks for sharing those great photographs and I'm looking forward to seeing more.  Good luck with the move if it's gonna be soon.

 

Great work. :thumbs:


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Posted October 15, 2013 - 09:19 PM

Not only do I like building structures I also enjoy cutting scaled lumber. I save my scrap pieces of poplar & cedar from my jobs. I have a little HomeCraft 10" cast iron table saw by Rockwell. I have converted it to a hobby saw using a 6 1/2" blade for a cordless saw. This blade gives me a very thin kerf cut....cutting wood this small I could easily end up with more sawdust than materials.lol 

 

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Scrap pile before

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Many different sizes of scaled lumber...Hobby shop value around $300.

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The above saw mill buildings along with my other scratch built projects are made using my scaled lumber.


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Posted October 16, 2013 - 05:07 AM

Those are neat buildings, love the detail. Having the scaled lumber is a neat idea for getting started. :thumbs:


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 12:24 PM

Old trucks in HO scale with a lot of details can be expensive $20.+ Sometimes I buy a cheap truck for a few bucks at swap meets & build my own. I needed a couple of coal trucks for my mining scene so here is what I done.

 

The donor truck for $4.00

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The bed using styrene.

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The cabs primed  & the finished result.

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A quick before & after.

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Hope you enjoyed because I have a log truck coming up next.


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 10:52 PM

Sawdust, you are one talented man! Wish I had found this thread sooner--- I could have been enjoying it longer.


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 07:39 AM

Awesome detail work! The coolest part is you making the scale lumber yourself! :thumbs:

 

 

 

 

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