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Martin Fischer
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Posted - 01/26/2018 :  02:49:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Martin Fischer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

for a recent project I need to create two triangular wood strips, each about 3" long. This is in HO scale, the short sides should be 6 scale inches.

I have a disk sander, a miniature table saw and the usual hand tools on hand.

I wonder what would be the easiest way to go. What would you recommend?


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Posted - 01/26/2018 :  07:24:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Martin,

I'd shave a 1/16" X 1/16" X 4" piece (an inch to hang on to) with an x-acto knife at a 60 degree angle on two sides. .062" is very close to the 1.75 mm that's your scale 6" in HO. Watch your fingers.


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Posted - 01/26/2018 :  09:41:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used my Proxxon tilt-arbor table saw to produce similar triangle strips. (I use the tilt feature maybe once per year, but when I need it, it's the best tool for the job.)


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Karl Osolinski

Posted - 01/26/2018 :  10:23:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Hi Martin,

I'm not sure what you're building but I thought that maybe Plastruct Triangle stock would be a possibility. I know you said wood but an .060 strip of this stuff would be pretty easy to color and match to your wood. It comes in .030 to .125 sizes. The .080 piece in this photo is greatly enlarged.

Karl O.
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Posted - 01/26/2018 :  11:35:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Martin, You may be interested in looking at "Specialized Balsa Wood.COM." Lots of assorted sizes of wood. Also, many different triangles in a variety of sizes. Very nice high quality woods, reasonably priced. Excellent service. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.

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Martin Fischer
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Posted - 01/28/2018 :  04:14:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Martin Fischer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jim, Dave, Karl and quartergauger48, thanks for your tips and ideas.

Finally I decided to follow Dave's idea and use my table saw. I started with a piece of stripwood with the desired thickness but larger width. With two cuts I got strips of sufficient precision.


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Posted - 01/29/2018 :  1:14:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A few years ago, I made some HO scale caboose sun shades which are positioned above the windows. To make these I used a file to shape some styrene square stock into the triangular cross-section, but I used a simple sanding fixture to get a uniform shape. It consisted of a small sheet of styrene with another strip of the correct height cemented at the needed distant from the edge. Using the two edges gave me the guidance to get the uniform cross-section. A more durable fixture could be made with brass strips.

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