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  • bobg
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    Greeetings everyone. I have been spending a lot of time cutting my own strip wood and the results have been pretty good. I am using my 10" table saw equipped with a 7 1/4" Freud think kerf blade and an Incra Fence. I would like to refine the dimensions of the wood by putting it thru a thickness sander. Has anyone tried their hand and been successful at making a thickness sander that is sized to work on the small, thin pieces of stripwood that we use in our scratch building projects? Any leads would be very much appreciated.

    Regards,

    Bob

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  • NBTrainDude
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    I picked up one of these from one of the home improvement stores. I found it was quite good at cutting scale wood, and it uses replaceable blades. I think it is used to cut vinyl tile.


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  • BigLars
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    How did I miss this one. Brand new hockey pucks destroyed without even being fired in anger.[:-censored]

    I have made lots of training aids out of used pucks, maybe I will try one of these but with a well worn puck. The really good worn ones look like the dog chewed them up.

    Larry

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  • CieloVistaRy
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    Louis,

    I think Larry will take umbrage over this!

    Arthur

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  • desertdrover
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    A week ago Friday or so, in the crew lounge, I posted this picture of a use for hockey pucks. I thought I'd post it here for all to see if you might want it for yourself.

    I got myself some hockey pucks and drilled out the center with a fostner drill bit, they make good holders for my Floquil paints, paint cleaners, paint thinners and also make good glue bottle holders. They hold film canisters both metal and plastic types and the green can with lid that I got at a dollar store, like four in a package. These hockey pucks keep things from spilling over after a few.id="blue">


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  • belg
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    KP, thanks for the info on the coloring I did not see it till this new info was just added. Pat

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  • rtbaron
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    The most important lesson I have learned is that you WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN. Dont rely on your

    memory to recall what stain or paint you used on a particular segment of the building process.

    This is especially true when doint test pieces of wall or stain.

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  • rtbaron
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    The most important lesson I have learned is that you WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN.

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  • UKGuy
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    Bob, I dont think there would be any conversion needed as the files would be in a standard format, as long as you have the program or a compatable one, as you say all you would need to do is hook up a 5 1/4 drive to a mac and copy the files to the hard drive, then either open them or save to a CD, Do we still have "Apple Centers" ???? or maybe a Kinko's could do it.

    I would imagine, but could be wrong, that even a 'pc' with a 5 1/4 could at least pull the files from the disk and copy them to a CD, even if it couldnt 'understand' the apple lingo, it is after all just a bunch of 1's and 0's.

    Karl.A

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  • hon3_rr
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    Pat, Sorry for the delay in responding to you. I don't have all that many Mainline Modeler magazines, and am always watching for them. You would really have to read about 3-4 magazines to get a 'feel' for Bob's style. Each issue seemed to have something new or different in the way the build was approached, and some small technique would be explained. I guess my best suggestion is to try to obtain a few old issues from your LHS or see if some friends can loan you a copy or two. If you can run down an index, you may be able to get copies of some of the articles from your library. As an alternative, if you would like, you can PM me your address and I'll make copies of a couple of articles for you to review.

    As for coloring styrene, the best article/tutorial (IMHO) which I have seen was in the Short Line and Narrow Gauge Gazette, Painting & Weathering Styrene Freight Cars by Keith Brown on page 67 in the July/Aug '82 issue. If you can, get a color copy of the article if you do not have or are unable to locate a back issue of the Gazette. I did a scratch HOn3 CS gon using this painting technique, and fooled several folks in that the car was not wood. And that was my first attempt at the technique.

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  • Bob_Hunt
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    Pat: I don't keep a loose leaf notebook but at one point I developed a directory of all the MM articles. Unfortunatley, I saved that on those old 5-1/4" floppies for an Apple II e. How's that for foresight?! If anybody knows how to convert old Apple 5-1/4' floppies to modern-day files, lemmee know. I think it would involve an old Apple standalone drive and some miraculous software for the conversion. What's really scary is that I still have those old floppies. Bob

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  • belg
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    Guys, I don't do much modeling with styrene but have just gotten my feet wet with a couple of barn doors, which I'm pretty happy with now that I have just about finished coloring them. I would like to expand on this did you guys accumulate any of these articles? I like to keep all these kinds of things in a looseleaf notebook and wonder if thats something you do as well. Thanks Pat

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  • Bob_Hunt
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    KP: Add me to the major bummer list when suddenly Mainline Modeler [July, 2006?] stopped printing with little to no warning. I took MM for exactly the same reason you did. I didn't subscribe but made that my justification for a monthly trek to my LHS. They were the ones who told me. I loved the every expanding list of methods for getting styrene to look like wood. My eyebrows would go up and I would find myself murmuring, "Oh, so that's the way you do that!!" I even called MM once with a question and had a nice conversation with Robert L. Wonder what happened. Anyway, the T-square, precision measurements, and extremely sharp blades seem to be the secret. I go back and re-read lots of those articles. I really need to get to that stock of Evergreen products I have on hand. Bob

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  • hon3_rr
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    I, for one, was on the major bummer list when MainMine Modeler stopped printing. I used to take the magazine just for the styrene tips and techniques which Bob (and others) used to describe in the building articles. I really enjoyed the scratch building aspect always presented. I really, really miss the magazine!! And this is comming from someone who has only done narrow guage for some 35 years. So, I guess that even though I use mainly wood, I am also comfortable with styrene.

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  • Dutchman
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    Bob,

    I'm not familiar with the 'Hundman' techniques, but I have used the 'etch and snap' techniques that John Nehrich wrote about to make window and door openings in structures. It is a great technique, especially if you are laminating a 'brick' surface over the styrene sub-wall.

    I used it on this project: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...hTerms=Welding

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