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    Originally posted by railman28


    It going to look so good when your done.


    Bob,

    Thank you. Your machine shop construction thread of a couple years ago has been a real help, both for inspiration and methods.

    Mike
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    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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    • Mike,

      Love the massive internal posts and beams with the use of the horizontal studs.

      This is going to be a great machine shop!

      Dave
      Dave

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      • Dave,

        Thank you. Some of the post dimensions follow prototype, others are a little oversized to accommodate building the shop as a series of assemblies so that the roof and sides can be removable.

        Mike
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        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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        • Somehow I have missed your threads before, probably because I haven't had a real interest in that time period (even though at my age I should ). Is this HO standard gauge?

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          • looks great

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            • Kyle, thank you.

              Mike, thank you for stopping by. Yes, HO standard gauge, although everything is so small I've had visitors to my layout think it was narrow gauge until I cleared things up.

              Mike
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              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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              • I remember a few months or more ago, somebody asked about cutting mats, whether we used the grid imprinted on most. Was that grid really necessary. I recalled this conversation today while drilling holes in trusses for rods. It is not such a critical operation as to require a jig. I found the mat useful for lining things up, shown in these photos.

                I line up the base of the truss along a grid line, then line up my drill bit along a perpendicular grid line:



                Inserting the tie rod, I align the truss along the edge of the mat, again using a grid line as a reference for my drill bit:



                The result once the ends of the tie rod are trimmed:



                Not exact, but pretty darn good.

                Now if there was a mat marked off in HO dimension. Yeah right. That will happen about the same time somebody manufactures a metal scale rule with HO dimensions on all four edges so that however you pick it up you have the scale you need.

                Mike
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                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                • Well you impressed me enough with that tip to finally go get one. Sources?

                  Bernd
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                  • Bernd,

                    Mine is from Michaels. I think most art and craft stores sell them.

                    Mike
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                    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                    • Nice tip. How many rafters do you have to do? Gpod job here, a nice, but often overlooked detail, these compression rods.
                      It's only make-believe

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                      • I got a mat with the same yellow-on-green color scheme from a tool dealer at W. Springfield a couple of years ago.
                        James

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                        • quote:


                          Originally posted by railman28


                          Nice tip. How many rafters do you have to do? Gpod job here, a nice, but often overlooked detail, these compression rods.


                          Bob,
                          Thank you. I did a total of 8 truss assembles. Many more and a jig would have been the way to go.

                          I find the rods add a lot to a model, similar to nbw's on trestles etc.

                          Mike
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                          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                          • quote:


                            Originally posted by jbvb


                            I got a mat with the same yellow-on-green color scheme from a tool dealer at W. Springfield a couple of years ago.


                            James,
                            Good point. I think I've also seen them at shows.

                            Mike
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                            Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                            • I have a few mats of different sizes. Michaels, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, all carry them. I got my last one on line (Amazon).
                              Bruce

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                              • Mike, I find I occasionally use the lines on my mat to keep things square - better than trying by eye.

                                George
                                "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect." Captain A. G. Lamplugh

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