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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 01:55 AM

Still taking time off from working in the garage and building things for my "future" train layout.

This time I decided to tackle a little bigger project and build a small factory.
The base is built out of a 24x24 inch piece of 3/4 plywood that has 1-1/2 inch square strips of wood glued to the underside.

Then I cut the outline for the factory out of 3/8 inch plywood.
I didn't have a piece large enough for this so it is made out of three pieces that are glued together.
This will also help to keep the factory base from warping over time.
The factory outline is located on the 3/4 inch base with two wooden dowels.
This allows me to remove it for working on it and keeps it in position on the base.

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The walls for the factory are cut out of 1/8 inch Masonite.
I've ordered some factory windows so this is as far as I can go on the walls until the windows get here.

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There are going to be two large storage tanks along side the factory.
I'm going to make them out of plastic drain pipe fittings.
Using two pipe connectors and an end cap ( as shown on the right ), I'll put them together to make the tanks ( like the one on the left ).
I've ordered plastic pipe, elbows, valves, ladders and handrails for these tanks also.

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While I'm waiting for those orders to come in. I decided to build the water tank that will set on top of the factory roof because I have all the parts for that.
I'm using the cap off this small paint can for the tank.

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The roof for the tank is being turned out of a piece of wood.

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Here's how they look mated together.

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Adding the support legs to the tank.
I glued a piece of wood to the inside of the bottom of the tank so the legs have a more solid mount than just the thin wall of the plastic paint cap.

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The bottom of the legs are mounted to a base and the center water pipe and the bracing for the legs are put on.

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Here is the finished water tank.

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In O-scale, this is a 8 foot diameter tank.

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 02:32 AM

Ray, that is awesome work. Mabey one of these days I can make a replica of the Quick MFG plant, as soon as I find a picture, since the structure has been gone for quite some time.

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 07:21 AM

Nice work Ray! Your layout will be awesome.

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 07:22 AM

Nice job, Ray. That water tower looks great!

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 08:38 AM

Awesome job Ray! :bounce:

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 09:07 AM

Awesome work as usual Ray. Do you use a scroll saw to cut out some of your pieces or do you use a jig saw?

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 10:13 AM

I don't know what else to say,that is awesome Ray.

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 10:53 AM

Really nice work Ray, thanks for sharing.
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Posted February 26, 2011 - 11:06 AM

Ray, Once again, that is AMAZING !!! Thanks for sharing..

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 11:44 AM

Ray, that is great. Very nice work.

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 01:39 PM

Do you use a scroll saw to cut out some of your pieces or do you use a jig saw?

I have this small band saw for cutting most pieces.

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For cutting out blind holes like window openings, I use this saber saw that is mounted to the underside of a metal plate.

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