1949 Reading Steam Train
My three year old son loves everything to do with trains so I decided it was time for us (my son, six year old daughter and me) to make one out of wood. I wanted a fairly detailed plan and found one from Gattoplans.com. Next was the type of wood to use – about four years ago I cut down a cherry tree in the back yard and milled it up on a friends lumber mill so it was dry enough by now. So off we went...
fs008.jpg The plans
fs009.jpg Pieces of the under carriage of the train
First time taking a square piece of wood and making it round. Used my step father’s mastercraft lathe that has been buried in his basement for years. It is now buried again. If and when I decide to try turning some more I will have to get a better setup.
fs032.jpgMost of the steam drum and under carriage done and starting on the wheels.
A few more wheels and ladders, cow catcher and steam cylinders.
fs049.jpgHere is the engine almost done with three coats of circa 1850 Antique Danish Oil.
fs054.jpg View of the front.
fs060.jpgStart of the coal tender.
fs072.jpgStart of the lettering.
fs070.jpgReady for some assembly.
fs087.jpgCompleted. It was a gloomy day today and couldn’t get very good natural light and as you can see I am not much of a photographer anyway.
fs058.jpgThis is the scrap pile that was left over.
fs067.jpgAnd the kids favorite part what they made with the scrap pile.
So as a recap
-1949 Reading Steam Train
-Materials- cherry, maple, walnut, brass
-Finish- 3 coats circa 1850 Antique Danish Oil
The whole project took around 6 months to complete and I estimate around 80 hours sometimes working on it for hours at a time or for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. I wish I had taken more pictures of the build which I will try to do more of on my next project (carved rocking horse for my daughter)
Thanks for looking