INSPIRATION PROVIDED BY JOLIEN BREBELS.
I'm about to become a grandpa for the first time. The baby is due around Thanksgiving. I know I jumped the gun, but I had to make him his first wooden toy. Making a locomotive was the perfect choice. I can always add other cars.
Jolien Brebels makes fantastic wooden vehicles. I selected the locomotive.
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Step 1: WHEELS
I started by cutting out 6 wheels
Step 2: BOILER
I rummaged through my box of hardwood cut-offs. For the boiler, I selected a chunk of purpleheart. I added a dowel for the smokestack, a wooden plug for the headlight, and rouned off the top edges.
Step 3: CHASSIS AND CAB
I cut a cow catcher on the chassis. I made a simple cab with two side portals. Planning ahead, I added a coupler to be used for adding additional train cars.
Step 4: DRY FITTING ALL THE PARTS
I dry fit everything.
Step 5: GLUING AND ADDING TUNG OIL
I glued all the parts. When dry, I finished with Tung Oil.
Step 6: WHAT'S NEXT?
The most logical car to build next will be the coal car. Thanks for taking the time to view my Instructable. If you enjoyed this, please visit Jolien Brebels' work. She does phenomenal vehicles.
Step 7: ADDING TRAIN CARS
I built couplers to use to connect the additional cars. Then I added the COAL CAR and a CABOOSE.
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