Tuesday, April 18, 2017

next 3 feet

Tonight I moved on to installing track outside the shed.  I made it three feet.  Because I have it I am using 4x4's for the first ways, with both tracks attached one set of long ties. same what I am doing inside the shed.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The first 16 feet

 Today I started laying rail on the railroad.  I started in the shed carbarn.  First I made five oak gauge blocks 7-9/16ths.  Then with Nancy's help we used a string line to give myself a centerline to follow.  The ties are two by sixes and other old wood we scavenged from a neighbors trash pile.  The kids enjoying their first ride.  pushing back and fourth.
Like the storage at the Maryland garage I used the 5/4 plywood as a shelf above the track.  The tracks, two of them, extend out the back.  There is no lift, and the floor of the carbarn is chipboard that is well warped and not up to the task.  The ties bridge from joist to joist but I still had to shim as the joist sags.

The troublesome tanks, coal car and blue flat are currently on the track, freeing up space on the floor of the shed.  Later I will bring the pink flat down from the garage.  I have a gist of a ROW outside but need to do a little planning to confirm it is a good choice.  The end goal is a loop with a siding, and a few spurs.  Only about 500 feet of track total.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Joint bars

I guess the above picture could be titled before the railroad the kids could only play with logs.  Soon they will have options.
But to have those options we need parts.  The first part is track.  Ties, Rails, Spikes, and joint bolts were all on hand.  But we needed to have joint bars.  Nancy picked up two lengths of 1/8th by 1/2" aluminum.  And I cut it to length with the bandsaw.  Then I Made a drilling fixture.  As I made the 18 sets of joint bars I refined the fixture.  It stared out just as two 3/16th plywood attached to a piece of 3/4" plywood.  I clamped the board to the drill press, then held the plate in place to drill.  I got tired of that so I added another 3/16th and a cross piece to hold the bar in place.  Then I only needed to shove the bar in and hold against the stop.  Then I added a relief at the end of the slot for the chips to fall out of the way of the bar.  Last I added two tall screws to catch any large spiraling chips so they did not hit my hand.  Making all the joint bars went quickly.
I used a tool with a hooked end to pull the finished joint bar out and into a large tub set on the floor.  The drilling order was all of hole one, then all of hole four, then back to two and last three.  This let the part cool between drilling for the sake of my finger.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

White Creek First visit of the season

Today Robb and I visited White Creek for the first time of the year.  I started out at the shop talking with the guys, there was about 10 people total.  Then I went out with Russ and we did some track maintenance... I removed sticks from the sidings while he and another guy fixed some low spots, twists, and other issues with the track.  Robb meanwhile was running his Clishay.  He made it about 2000 feet before loosing a bolt.  Then Robb and I went out with the electrics, my SBT and his boxcab.  The SBT made it about two miles before running out of juice, pulling the clishay riding car which has friction bearings that are not well greased.  Robb then double headed and helped me back to the station, where we loaded it all back up into his van and jumped his van and waited for my passkey to reset before going home.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

shelf done

The shelf is done.  And loaded.  Soon I will unload it, sort through all the boxes, organize and then reload it in a more organized manner.

Or I may just leave it and go on to other projects.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


 I continued adding the shelf at the end of the room.  The idea is to stack the white boxes on top double.  It is a tight fit but it will work.
I will add a few more braces, and one bolt to each joint to add some strength.  I already have bolts in the back four supports, need to add for the front four, and cut a board for the left side of the shelf.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

two more days two more walls

I continued the installing of the ductwork.

 Of main trunk lines I am done, I have to install the gates and branches to the machines.
I measured the airflow at the Y by the drill press at 37mph and at the chop saw at 41mph both are six inch ducts.  I have to measure at the bandsaw where it is also a six inch duct.

Next is to make the shelves that go along the short wall of the shop.  I started tonight by installing bracing in the ceiling for one hanging shelf that will be two white boxes tall.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

One wall done

Tonight I continued with the dust collection pipes.  The pipe is done, I need to make some gates and a box for the chop saw.  I may do the other direction first.

I also wonder if the first three outlets are too close together.

The first 4" is for the planer, the middle 5 inch is for the table saw and router, and the last 4 inch is for the joiner.  Then at the end a six inch opening for the chop saw.

I used the old railroad shelf brackets and two by fours as support brackets.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

continued dust collection

This past weekend the family and I trundled down to Toledo, while there I bought a 7-7-7 wye for my system.  Yesterday I started by putting in the 7-7-4 and a short 7 straight, tonight I followed up with the new wye and two corners to make a shallow 90.  I also installed one of the 4 inch gates on what will be the overhead to the table saw and router.

I also have been avoiding dust as I have been seeing a Dr about my sinus issues.  I had two weeks of antibiotics, and tuesday a CT scan.... 1.5 hours of waiting for a 2 minute scan... and 350 dollars out of my pocket.  I keep hearing deviated septum, small passageways, post nasal drip...

I told Nancy my plan is for two pieces each night.  I think that includes brackets.  Tomorrow I need to separate that wye on the left hand side of the picture from its pipe... if the last one was any indication... it will take a while.  I also need to install brackets to hold the next few pieces.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Dust Collection System

Tonight I started messing around with the dust collection system.  I capped the openings in the garage and attached the chip drum.  Then with the flow meter set to MPH I did some tests.  The photo above is at the first opening in the basement.  7 inch diameter is .276 ft2 and 43mph is 3784 mph  or 1011 cuft/minute

I added six elbows in a row and the speed dropped to 35MPH or 823CUFT/min

Next I added two four inch pipes.
First is the y pipe with the straight open.  It was 823cfm.
From the straight pipe with y open I got 500CFM
 And blocking off the y so all air was going through the 4 inch pipe.  97 MPH!!! or 743CFM.  About the same as I would have with 7 inch pipe and 12 sharp elbows.
The Y leg on it's own was not as impressive only 591 CFM.
Last here is a video of the y leg moving sawdust when the straight leg is blocked.
In other good news with the system on air was still flowing up the furnace chimney.  I was worried there would be a backdraft of makeup air.  Granted there is a windstorm outside so I will check on a calm day, and with the garage door open.