New way to make the boiler for the toy train

by Stuart Anderson
(East Branxton, NSW, 2335, Australia)

This will be my first toy train. I will use a hole saw to make slices of the boiler. What is its circumference the plan does not say.

I will have fun as they say

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May 05, 2017
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to make a train boiler as I don't have a lathe
by: Peter

I've done similar to make a train boiler as I don't have a lathe.
After cutting all the individual disks I've glued them together clamping them using a short length of "allthread rod" and a couple of mudguard washers.
Once the glue was dry I left the stack in the "allthread rod" fitting in a hole on a clamped piece of timber on the drill press table with the other end in the drill chuck.
The allowed me to use sandpaper to clean up the glues stack for finishing....
Cheers....

May 04, 2017
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Diameter of Boiler
by: Tony

Hi Stuart, thanks for asking.

Sounds like a good idea to use a hole saw to make slices.

I have checked the diameter, it works out to about 80mm across.

Wasn't sure if there is a hole saw that size, so did a quick search.

Seems like they are available up to six inches! - probably better suited to plasterboard and other relatively soft material.

I'm sure you have already worked it out, that the size quoted is the outside diameter, and because we will be using the inside, it will be a tad smaller.

Of course, the size of the boiler is not critical, it could be a little bigger of smaller.

By the way, will you be making the boiler hollow? I'm sure you could turn the "slices" into "rings"

Thanks for the idea, I shall add it to the plans with your name if that's OK.

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