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post #41 of 87 Old 05-05-2019, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Another 9 hours in the shop today working on the train. I've put the engine and the coal car aside for now and turned my attention to the passenger car. I spend the day making seats, milling cherry and cutting windows. Time well spent an now I'm spent.

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Today's work on the train took a bit of a science experiment twist. I've been toying with how to make the coal for the coal car so I got a metal coffee can and stuffed it with pieces of wood. I wasn't concerned about species or size and in fact, this stuff was just some kindling that I had lying around. I placed the can upside down to minimize the amount of oxygen that would be able to get into the can and then I lit the wood stove around the can and let it burn. Unfortunately for me, living where I do, I still need to use the stove for heat as the shop was chilly this morning when I went in to work in there. I eventually just let it burn out and cool and when I was done, I had some awesome piece of charcoal that I can now use to make the coal for my coal car. Extreme? Maybe, but I had a blast doing it. While I was waiting for my coal to burn and cool, I worked on the passenger car and turned the barrel stove and installed it as well as assembling the passenger car. I also cut the end windows and added the door trim. Next, I got the front and rear axles made and installed. And that, was another 8 hours done. I'm really looking forward to the work tomorrow as this thing is going to start coming together at that point.

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Personally, I'd have used a hammer on a charcoal briquette, but the results of your projects compared to mine say everything.
Rock on Sir!
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Personally, I'd have used a hammer on a charcoal briquette, but the results of your projects compared to mine say everything.
Rock on Sir!
I considered that Bob. But then I got to wondering if I could just make my own. Apparently, I can.
I've got (what I think) is a great idea for this coal car so stay tuned sir.
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That's the difference between you and I.
When asked, I'd shrug my shoulders and admit I found the easy way out.
Where you would give detailed instructions on how you created your own.
I've said before, your work is inspiration. Thank you.
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Chugging right along and looking good I see. What do you do with your completed models? Do you use some or all of them as gifts, sell them or do you keep them all? Some how I imagine a room with a miniature wooden world of amazing handmade models all around.
If you keep some then one day you should take a few pics of your favorites and share them with us.

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I can't help but to envision a single charcoal briquette in a blender bought from Goodwill for $5 set on "puree" for about 20 seconds........
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Chugging right along and looking good I see. What do you do with your completed models? Do you use some or all of them as gifts, sell them or do you keep them all? Some how I imagine a room with a miniature wooden world of amazing handmade models all around.
If you keep some then one day you should take a few pics of your favorites and share them with us.
I keep all of the models and don't sell any of them. No one wants to pay the price for the amount of material and labour that goes into one and they all want it for nothing so I just keep them myself. I make floating shelves with welded heavy duty bracket to hold them and they get displayed in one room. I'm almost out of space on the one wall and will have to start on the opposite wall soon. LOL.

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I keep all of the models and don't sell any of them. No one wants to pay the price for the amount of material and labour that goes into one and they all want it for nothing so I just keep them myself. I make floating shelves with welded heavy duty bracket to hold them and they get displayed in one room. I'm almost out of space on the one wall and will have to start on the opposite wall soon. LOL.

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I was right, you do have a room full of amazing wooden models!! I love it. I bet the Abrams was a challenge and the tires on the Willys Jeep had to be hard to make.

I can easily see someone looking at one of your models and thinking an offer of $50-100 as being generous. All they see is a wooden toy that doesnt have flashing lights, a siren or a remote control to drive it with. What they dont see is the hours you spent making sure every little detail is the absolute best you can make it. I considered myself a craftsman at a job where I built things with my own two hands and I had never really considered the value of wood products. Now after I have built a few things out of wood I have a much better understanding of the true costs involved in woodworking.
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I was right, you do have a room full of amazing wooden models!! I love it. I bet the Abrams was a challenge and the tires on the Willys Jeep had to be hard to make.

I can easily see someone looking at one of your models and thinking an offer of $50-100 as being generous. All they see is a wooden toy that doesnt have flashing lights, a siren or a remote control to drive it with. What they dont see is the hours you spent making sure every little detail is the absolute best you can make it. I considered myself a craftsman at a job where I built things with my own two hands and I had never really considered the value of wood products. Now after I have built a few things out of wood I have a much better understanding of the true costs involved in woodworking.
And THAT is exactly why I don't sell them. Nobody understands the effort that goes into making these because we live in a disposable world.
As for the Abrahms tank and the Jeep, both of those builds were also posted here on the forum.

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The build continued today with another 8 hours in the shop. I started off with cutting, shaping and installing the side trim for the passenger car and then I turned my attention to the wheels. Cutting the blanks, drilling out the recess and then turning each wheel individually on the lathe. Having one blow apart and smack me squarely in the middle of the face, made me very glad that I always wear my face shield on the lathe. No harm, no foul. Once they were installed, I cut, assembled and installed the four stair cases that were needed for the passengers to access the car. The coal car experiment continued by making a mold from scrap pine, lining it with cellophane and then filling it with expanding spray foam. Now, we need to wait for that to dry. But that was it for this week.

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Looking good Ken. Outstanding work.
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Would you say that your skills are improving over time? When you look at your first couple models, do you see ways that you could do a better job now?
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Would you say that your skills are improving over time? When you look at your first couple models, do you see ways that you could do a better job now?
Come now, surely youve heard the stories! Kenbo was born into this world with a chisel and mallet in hand, his first act on this earth was to build his own crib which made every carpenter in the area weep for the sheer beauty of it.

The rumors say he taught a CNC machine to feel love, simply by showing it a model it could never hope to recreate
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^ I literally just spit beer all over my phone.
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Would you say that your skills are improving over time? When you look at your first couple models, do you see ways that you could do a better job now?

There is always room for improvement on every project that I do. I don't look at it and think "I could have done a better job", I look at it and say "that was the project that took me to the next level".
It is inevitable that a person's skills will improve when they continue to work at it.
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Regarding the coal issue - why not get a bag of lump charcoal? There are normally lots of small bits and the bigger lumps are easily broken up. Lump charcoal is a better option than briquettes which are compressed powder. Also you can grill some steaks with the left over charcoal.

Enjoy your projects - you are one patient guy.
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O.k. This wins the Internet today.
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Regarding the coal issue - why not get a bag of lump charcoal? There are normally lots of small bits and the bigger lumps are easily broken up. Lump charcoal is a better option than briquettes which are compressed powder. Also you can grill some steaks with the left over charcoal.

Enjoy your projects - you are one patient guy.
I considered it Terry but thought that making my own would be more fun and more challenging. After all, ANYONE can purchase charcoal and use it in a project. But how many people would go that extra mile and make their own for the project? Not to many I would think and that is what I like about my builds. Doing it because I honestly think that I can.

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Happy to help lads!

Ive got a huge amount of respect for Kenbos work, the amount of detail he puts into these models is mind blowing. Easily my favorite threads to see
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