My first caboose build

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Re: My first caboose build

Post by BigDumbDinosaur » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:33 pm

OddDuck wrote:Thanks BDD, hopefully my hamfisted paint job will cover my woodworking sins, there always seems to be one piece that gets cracked just as you finished with it, and the glue is setting and it's too late to take it off.
Happens in metalworking as well, except fixing the boo-boos is a bit more difficult. :D However, as Pierre L'Bougér, the French race car mechanic noted, paint can hide a thousand sins. :shock:
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:30 pm

Since I am tech challenged, I am going to post the link to my facebook post for an update pic. Got the windows done (finally...) after a couple of weeks of off again, on again shop time. Next will be the frame and undercarriage.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by PRR5406 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:42 am

"Eyebrow" windows, yes, but very much what an old shortline bobber from the late 1890's might look like, especially when resold to a backwoods or industrial-rural line. You might consider doing the roof material next, to get those wood screws under cover.
What are you going to to use for frame material?
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:21 am

Oak, I'm not going to finish the roof quite yet, I've got to roll it over and I don't want to bang it up. Once the underneath is done I'll probably take care of that.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:06 pm

I got the frames mostly cut today, I'll post pics tomorrow with some details.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:00 pm

As promised, pics of the frame. It's made of 1 1/2"x3/4" oak. I didn't take pics of the end sills, they are still in progress. I had to inlet the back to allow for the pedestals to sit on the frame correctly. It was an easy job, I used my little horizontal mill. I am going to bevel the ends of the cross pieces, next couple of days.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by jscarmozza » Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:49 pm

Nice work, looking good!!

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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:10 pm

The frame is done and attached, complete with end beams.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:08 pm

Progress pics, been a few weeks. The wires between the leaf springs and the other parts were only for the pictures, I still have to make the links, haven't quite figured those out yet.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by PRR5406 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:11 am

That arrangement is quite sophisticated and a bit complex! I really like it! Going to be a nice car at events.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Sun May 14, 2017 12:17 pm

Got it complete enough to display in public, took it to the Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society train show in Bartlett NH this past weekend. Ran out of time for the small details, but I got the spring rigging mostly done. I also have a bunch of signs that I will be posting in the sale section in the next few days.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by jscarmozza » Tue May 16, 2017 8:51 am

Hello OddDuck, are your castings green sand or are you using a different technique? I'm planning to pour some detailed and rather small parts, and I'm leaning towards casting them in sand core molds. I don't do investment casting and I see you turn out some nice castings in what appears to be some type of sand mold, care to share your secret? Thanks, John

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