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Wooden refrigerator car

Post by hoppercar » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:09 pm

Hi all, I am wanting to build a couple old wooden refrigerator cars. Does anyone know of a source for wood planking, for the sides of these cars...I have even looked at model ship builder websites, and doll house builder websites...no luck yet

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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by SZuiderveen » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:35 pm

Go to Home Depot. Look for what they call pole wrap.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Pole-Wrap-9 ... /100395916

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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by hoppercar » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:18 pm

Thanks, I'll look into that !!

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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by SZuiderveen » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:13 pm

My caboose built by Scott Lindsey with this kind of material.
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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by cp4449 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:07 am

That is very cool stuff. What scale is the caboose? Would it look right in 1”?
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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by Berkman » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:14 am

has anyone used aluminum that's been cut/milled to simulate the wood paneling look? That way its a more weather resistant metal car but with the look of wood.

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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by johnluke » Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:28 am

We have bought 3/8 sheets of cedar and grooved it on a router table. Looks similar to the Home Depot pic but can be modified for any scale.

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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by Gary Armitstead » Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:56 am

cp4449 wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:07 am
That is very cool stuff. What scale is the caboose? Would it look right in 1”?
If this caboose was built by Scott Lindsay, it is most likely 1-1/2 inch scale. I'm not sure it would look "right" for 1 inch scale because the "planks" are 1/2 inch wide. They would be a "little wide" for even 1-1/2 inch scale, but it IS nice stuff :). Sure beats cutting grooves in wood siding for cars though. :)
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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by FLSTEAM » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:07 pm

How thick is the Pole Wrap?

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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by SZuiderveen » Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:12 pm

SZuiderveen wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:13 pm
My caboose built by Scott Lindsay with this kind of material.

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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by Pipescs » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:17 pm

I will mention that a forty eight inch caboose would require $120.00 or so for the planks in the above method.

A somewhat less expensive method can be accomplished if you have a planner, table saw with a thin saw blade and a router table with a 45 degree bit.

I built my Bobber caboose using twelve to twenty four inch end cuts from a local cabinet shop. Mostly Poplar but as it was to be painted, I did use cherry and pine also.

I first ran the boards thru a 12 inch Delta plainer, then ran the two edges of the board across the router table to put the bevel on the four edges. after the whole stack of boards was beveled I ran them across the table saw to slice a board off each side. The ran the process again and again until I had a large stack of 1/2" wide and 1/6" thick planks. Time consuming but very attractive. As I am in this as a hobby time does not matter.

The planks were then glued to the plywood body using Elmer's wood glue.

I am on my second car using this method. .
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Re: Wooden refrigerator car

Post by BudBudzien » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:32 am

Before you run off to THD, look up Tambour Wood. One of the vendors there, Surfacing Solutions, has a cross section that might better replicate car siding. Quite a variety of sizes & specie offered.
My question to the guys that have used it is how did you cut it? And, before applying it or after?

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