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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted January 15, 2011 - 04:06 PM

The box car was a fast and simple project and it gave me something to work on while I was waiting for some O-scale doors and windows to arrive in the mail.
The supplies that I have in the house are for constructing buildings so that is what I'm going to work on next.


This will be a store front with an apartment up stairs.
First I cut the main wall sections out of a sheet of 1/4 inch plywood.
These sections are cut out on the band saw.

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The windows and door openings are then cut out.

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I started out by trying to cut the window openings out with a saber saw.
It didn't take me long to figure out that just wasn't going to work very well.
It was hard to hold the piece of wood with one hand while the saber saw was bouncing all over the place in my other hand.

So I dug up a piece of aluminum plate and made this jig saw stand.
The saber saw fastens to the underside of the aluminum plate with the blade sticking up.
This keeps the saber saw from bouncing around and I can use booth hands to move the wood around and cut out the openings.

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With the windows and doors cut out, I glued the roof support sections to the inside of the front section.
The side wall was cut out under the stairs so it can be inset the width of the stairs.

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I set up two side walls and the rear wall section first.
The wall sections are drilled at the bottom so they can be fastened to the base with small screws.
Once all the screw holes are located, then I apply glue to all the edges and screw the sections in place.

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When that part is dry, then I did the same to the other wall and the front section.
Here's what the frame work looks like.

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The outside of the building is going to look like it has board siding on it.
First I cut the wall section out of poster board.
Then I draw parallel lines on it to represent the edges of the boards.
The window openings are then cut out with a razor knife

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The section of poster board is glued to the frame work with spray adhesive.

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The same process is used to make the rest of the wall siding sections.
Here's how it looks with the outside sided.

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I set in a couple of windows and a door so you can get an idea of how they will look when finished.
Once the structure is all built, it will be painted with out the windows and doors in place.
The windows and doors will then pe painted and installed into the structure.

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Posted January 15, 2011 - 04:13 PM

You have absolutely amazing building skills Ray! :worshippy1:
Great Job!


I have a little collection for the HO scale trains. I tried building some stuff but that is a smaller scale and my fingers didn't want to cooperate LOL
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Posted January 16, 2011 - 06:06 AM

What Brian said,you have skills that most can only dream about.
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Posted January 16, 2011 - 06:47 AM

Great job. Looks like a fun project!

Good idea using the the under-mounted jig saw for the window cut outs... much easier than having to put the blade on and off of a scroll saw.
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Posted January 18, 2011 - 06:54 AM

Your craftmanship shows in everything you do Ray, NICE JOB.
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Posted January 01, 2013 - 12:11 PM

that is great work!
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Posted January 01, 2013 - 01:38 PM

Looking good. I need to build more for the new layout, But time will tell. Still trying to figure out the track that I have ( was on 12X14 ) but I want more curves in the new one. LOL


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