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  • Larryc
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    Thanks Bill it's much appreciated. The link for the rest of my Shop rebuild, and Jerry's, is listed above your post so please stop on by.

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  • Bill_Gill
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    Larry, I missed your restart of the machine shop. Your new floor looks terrific. Great coloring. Watching to see the progress.

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  • Larryc
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    There's been a slight change of plans. Jerry wants to finish his Shop and since I'm rebuilding mine, we decided
    to do a joint thread. Of course anything else for the CC&W will be posted here.

    Hope you all come along for the ride it should be fun, so here's the link: https://railroad-line.com/node/1014237.

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  • TRAINS1941
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    Your welcome Larry.

    Besides my dock scene I've been working or trying to work on my Machine Shop could be we help each other along the way!

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  • Larryc
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    Karl thanks; I think it needs to be done and now is as a good a time as any.

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  • k9wrangler
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    Thumbs up on the updated plans.

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  • Larryc
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    Mike thank you. I'm excited about revamping that end of the layout. Hopefully
    it'll improve the overall look.

    Dave thanks for stopping by. The machines will be run by a belt line; to me that's half
    the charm of a Machine Shop. I do like your idea of drawing up a floor plan to see how
    things will fit; I may have to borrow that since there is a finite amount of space.

    Philip thanks. I do have some definite ideas not only for the revamp but also for the
    layout in general which should keep me busy for a long time to come.

    Rick thank you. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks my skills have improved.

    Michael thanks. That's half the fun of this hobby.....trying to always improve.

    Louis thanks. I'm guilty of the same thing....not getting around the forum enough.

    Jerry thank you, the kind comments are much appreciated.

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  • TRAINS1941
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    Great start Larry. And yes you've come a long way but that's a good thing.

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  • desertdrover
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    Great to see you back at it Larry. Maybe I can keep up with it all this time.
    I have a habit of falling off the wagon from time to time.

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    Larry,

    The new shop is off to a great start.

    It's been interesting to see how you're modeling has gotten better and better. Good observation on your part.

    Mike

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  • friscomike
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    Larry, have fun rehabilitating the left end of the layout. That sounds like a lot of fun. The shop floor looks terrific.

  • Rick
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    Larry, first of all it's nice to see you working on the layout again.
    And I agree with you that your modeling has gotten better.
    You're off to a good start with the floor.

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  • Philip
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    Four car garage and were still building on! Sweet start Larry!

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  • deemery
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    Are you planning to use belt-drive for the machines, or will this be sufficiently modern that each is powered by electricity?

    What I did when planning a machine shop was draw a floor plan for the space, then set the machines (or at least a template for each machine's footprint.) I tried various combinations until I liked the result, in particular drawing in the belt line shaft. Don't forget to leave space for the machinists to move around, and for at least some materials storage.

    There are great photos on-line from the EBT's machine shop. Bill Gustafson's book on the Sierra RR Machine Shop is The Reference to get if you want to do more research.

    dave

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  • Larryc
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    It's been five months since I posted anything on the layout; time sure does seem to fly but the break
    from it got the juices flowing once again.

    I had lots of time just looking at the layout while working on the Repair Shed and realized that the left
    end, which I started first, didn't look nearly as good as the right end that is slated to be finished. That being
    said I've made an "executive" decision......I'm going to redo and upgrade the left end.

    The place I'm going to start is the Machine Shop. "Not to toot my own horn" but I think my skills have improved
    to the point where I can do a much better job to make it look as good as the right end of the layout. Matter of fact that
    entire area is going to get a revamp.

    So with the Machine Shop being the first man up here's what I've been working on the past few days:

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    The new J.D.'s went from 36 ft to 46 ft in length which will fit nicely in the same spot that the current Shop now enjoys. However the water
    tank will need a new home which I have already figured out. It also went from 24 ft deep to 27 ft deep but will be a little lower
    at 15 ft high from 18 ft high.

    The foundation is made from scale 3x12's which were cut and glued to a piece of thin card. Once the entire floor is assembled
    it will be quite strong. Also I grained, colored, and weathered some 2x12's for the floor. Now it's time to get to work.

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    The flooring was colored using the following formula: black chalk, liberal amount of clear alcohol, A&I, and a scraping of dark
    tan chalk immediately worked in with a soft brush. Just about every row was put in with two or more pieces to create joints
    as opposed to making each row all one piece. There are a few holes in the floor but didn't want to over due it.

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    Here is another shot of the floor. Nails holes were added at each joint even though they don't show up that well in the photo.
    Also I added some "scrapes" on the floor at the joints. The vibe I'm going for is an old, well used floor with dark worn areas. I
    want people to hear "the floor creek" when they look at the Shop.

    With the extra real estate I hope to make the Shop look much better without having the machines cramped together. Also I
    want to add some details that aren't in the original. Next up is starting to construct the back wall and this time add details
    before I glue the building together. As always thanks for stopping by.


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