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Making Real Lumber for an HO-Scale Scratchbuilt Culvert

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Posted by mbinsewi on Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:45 PM

OK, well your culvert looks good.  I think of a culvert as a round steel, or square /rectangle concrete structure, and not timbers placed across a small creek.

I admire your total scratch building efferts.

Mike

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:08 PM
Thank you. I gave the literature reference for this culvert where it is discussed in detail. I use my library of railroad modelling magazines from the 1950s to the present quite extensively. I admire the skills of the modellers 60 years ago when I was only 3 years old. I am working on achieving some of their skills.
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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:31 PM

Just a note on future posts on the progress of my scratchbuilt freelance HO layout, it is called Cheverie Mountain Railroad (CMRX) featuring Nova Scotia mining and industry from the past, present and into the near future. Two railroad companies are involved: Canadian National and the fictitious Cheverie Mountain Railroad. The real Cheverie Mountain in Nova Scotia is the centrepiece of my layout. I make regular field trips into my real layout area bordering the coastline of Minas Basin in the Bay of Fundy to take pictures, videos, and collect real building materials. Ok that's it for this thread. Thank you all for your great comments!

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Posted by zstripe on Friday, April 21, 2017 1:38 AM

UNCLEBUTCH

How do you hold that small of a ''log'' thru the saw to get uniform boards and walk away with all your fingers? 

 Have you got a jig or something like a carrage to hold them ?

I have cut scale lumber on my band saw,but off a good size pieace, when I nolonger feel comfortable, I'll toss that one and grab a nother big one.

 

A rule of thumb that I actually follow religiously.....Is to rip 36'' sizes on the 10'' table saw and on the 4'' rip saw with fence....I only go to 28'' in length..keeping 8'' well away from the blade. The 2'' table saw is basically the same. All the 8'' pieces I use for other projects. Not unusual for Me to make a jig....just for cutting a couple sizes. I have been doing it for a long time though. Started in 1952 when I was ten yr.s old. In Chicago they had a Chicago Boys Club, that You can go to after school for a quarter a week. They had a great wood shop with professional teachers for you to learn all about wood working machines, Table saws, band saws, jig saws, scroll saws and even wood lathes. All you really needed was Parents permission, 10 yr. age minimun and willing to learn. Did a lot of work with plastic's, back then also.......was even an Eagle Scout.

Old school.....I see You have the Photo inserting down pat....Good for You! Also some interesting work You are doing.......Also So I don't forget again....Welcome To The Forums.......

Take Care! Big Smile

Frank

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Posted by mlehman on Friday, April 21, 2017 2:37 AM

Nice work on the culvert!Yes

Mike Lehman

Urbana, IL

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, April 21, 2017 4:26 AM
Thank you.

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