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    • April 29, 2019 10:18 PM EDT
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Wow, you packed a lot of activity in that sawmill and it looks awesome.  Great job, Bill.

       

      thanks Dan, still working on the mason bogie, Bill

       

    • April 29, 2019 6:43 PM EDT
    • Wow, you packed a lot of activity in that sawmill and it looks awesome.  Great job, Bill.

    • April 29, 2019 6:35 PM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      good idea

      well made

      fine result

      congratulations!

      Thanks much, Bill

       

    • April 29, 2019 6:34 PM EDT
    • John Bouck said:

      Now that is a cool little saw mill!  Well done!

       

      Thanks John

       

       

    • April 29, 2019 5:25 PM EDT
    • good idea

      well made

      fine result

      congratulations!

    • April 29, 2019 5:05 PM EDT
    • Now that is a cool little saw mill!  Well done!

    • April 29, 2019 4:29 PM EDT
    • wigwam

      Playmobil sawmill part # 4

        Thinking back about this project, what have I learned? A little more advanced planning would have probably been a good idea. Building should have been larger, if one had to work in there someone was going to get cut. Could have made it bigger but only had so much playmobil parts and wanted to save enough to build a Florida cracker house. While the project is not correct to operation it is probably close enough for most people and most important to me is it is pretty much weather proof. The wigwam or sawdust burner is still go a little work to do yet but the idea is there, it is made from a canning strainer designed to separate seeds from juice and pulp, covered it with metal furnace tape and will have a small jewelry ultrasonic basket on the top to catch the embers. Had to cut some of the figures in order to have them do things like carry lumber, the sawyer (main blade guy) is a space man figure from probably star wars that I painted bib overhauls on. Still have to spread around some sawdust and accent pieces but all and all pretty much done. Learned a lot about old sawmills and the project took a little longer than expected, but that is what happens when you plan as you go. Thanks for looking Bill  loading side main blade roller table log loading end air shot

    • April 29, 2019 4:15 PM EDT
    • loading end of boiler log end

      Sawmill part # 3

       
      Playmobil Sawmill part # 3
       
         Attentions turned to painting and roof section. The main roof is a factory Playmobil with crinkled aluminum can glued on top. Used a Friskers paper crimper to make the corrugated metal roof. The roof over the boiler is Kydex plastic and is heat resistant, smooth on 1 side and pebbly on the other, using the pebbly side I painted it white and let dry for a couple of days, then painted black. After drying I block sanded it to expose dots of white but leaving overall black, giving the look of a gravel roof. Used several different colors of Krylon rattle can and then went over with several coats of brushed acrylic paints and some colored ink pens. everything is sealed with Krylon matt finish. Although Playmobil is plastic and rot proof, one of my main requirements, it's not UV proof so it is important to paint areas exposed to the sun.
         Turned to detail parts, made the logs from the tubes that the LED solar powered lights that I use to light my buildings with, scoring the sides with a saw blade and sealing the ends with styrene, remember 10' rule. Smaller logs used for log chute were made from window blind wand detailed the same way as the other. Table legs and flat surfaces, if wood, are all scored the same way. The lumber was made with window blind painted to look scored by saw blade, and like most thinks I do, if unseen, don't look for finished. Another words don't turn the board over. Smaller detail parts were most likely purchased like the saw blades and the hose, faucet and nozzle by he boiler room. Got all done with the water tank on top of the roof and was unsure where to put the intake for the for the boiler, had the faucet hose assy left over from doll house project for granddaughter and figured that it was a low dollar operation and they just used a garden hose. Water tank is a PVC coupling, again no rot, covered with widow blind pieces and secured with PVC glue. Again painter with acrylates, bands are copper solid strand wire. The water pipes are 1/4" styrene tube with small 1/8" brass wire inserted then bent, pipe joints are 2/56" nut, drilled out to fit over the tubing and cemented into place.   loading lumber pulling a log  back side

    • April 29, 2019 10:44 AM EDT
    • 3 belts boiler

      boiler room to right

      Sawmill part # 2

      Starting to look like something, but noticed that the inside was getting crowed, good thing for the side shed. Turning my attention to powering the mill, I have always been fascinated  with belt driven factories and the boiler from a stanza provided the start. Shortened the boiler and placed it on a LGB bridge pillar, it gave a nice look when painted looking like fire proof brick. Use the side rod and cylinder from a Lionel gold rush 0-6-0. Made a governor from styrene then turned my attention  to the drive system. Unable to find suitable pulleys I made them out of Tim Holtz gears and wheels kit. Cut close to size PVC pipe and glued the wheels to them, and after a little red and silver paint I had some rather decent looking pulleys. Had 2 different sizes to work with so it gave it a little variety. As I moved along with the pulley system I found I needed some thing different, and tried to logically figure out how power got from one place to another. Ah below the floor, out of site out of mind. The first one I tackled was the log puller and found a gear looking wheel in the kit that small chain would fit on the cogs and figured I would let the ends drop below the floor. Added a drum and cable. Second one was the cutoff saw which I had to turn the table sideways cause I was running out of room which I use again wheels with a much smaller piece of PVC pipe then used a girls pony tail elastic holder for the belt. Last 2 were the same idea transferring the power from wide pulley to small width. Unable to get the pony tail holder below the floor with out cutting and trying to secure, I used small styrene tubing with a paper clip straightened and inserted in it then bent to the curvature of the pulley and dropped thru appropriate placed holes in the deck. used this in 2 places 1 being the saw blade drive. The wide pulleys I used elastic banding used for sewing in waist bands of slips and such.   main blade and log puller cut off saw

    • April 29, 2019 9:28 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Not sure how I missed this but here we go again!!      ................

      Yeah...and he always has that one thing off by a scale 1/8” too (and never fixes it!) 

       

      Right. 

      Beautiful work, Cliff!  (We were hoping to see you at KOPS)

    • April 29, 2019 8:15 PM EDT
    • Not sure how I missed this but here we go again!!      ................

    • April 29, 2019 8:12 PM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Kewl!  How long is this? What are the implications of non-compression?

       

      Jim, I'm in a better position to respond to your question now. Here's the frame, with a Hartland flat on the left and an LGB on the right. The derrick is 1:24, and I'd thought it would seem small. Now I'm concerned it'll make it around my layout without knocking into something, haha!

       

       

      ===>Cliffy

       

       

    • April 29, 2019 8:07 PM EDT
    • Bruce D. Chandler said:
      mike dorsch said:

        Am following in awe Cliff , fantastic skills ! Its gonna be a real masterpiece .

      Fantastic indeed - while he takes very good pictures, his models look  even better in person.  

       

      (Although I do believe that the 17th hole in that jig must be at least 1/8” scale to the right of where it’s supposed to be.)

       

      Thanks Bruce! You're being too generous, but thanks bro, means a lot. 

    • April 29, 2019 8:01 PM EDT
    • Dan Hilyer said:
      Cliff Jennings said:
      John Caughey said:

      Don't chuck on the flutes, they are hardened and may break.

      For the ore cars make a template in 20 ga. sheet brass, keeping the tubes from wandering puts your fingers at risk

       

      Oh. That's why that happens.... 

      Good idea! And a laser'ed jig could locate the pilot drills. Then there'd be precision and durability. 

       

       What size pilot drill do you use for a 1/32" hole? 

      Touche!

    • April 29, 2019 6:27 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:
      John Caughey said:

      Don't chuck on the flutes, they are hardened and may break.

      For the ore cars make a template in 20 ga. sheet brass, keeping the tubes from wandering puts your fingers at risk

       

      Oh. That's why that happens.... 

      Good idea! And a laser'ed jig could locate the pilot drills. Then there'd be precision and durability. 

       

       What size pilot drill do you use for a 1/32" hole? 

    • April 29, 2019 5:54 PM EDT
    • mike dorsch said:

        Am following in awe Cliff , fantastic skills ! Its gonna be a real masterpiece .

      Fantastic indeed - while he takes very good pictures, his models look  even better in person.  

       

      (Although I do believe that the 17th hole in that jig must be at least 1/8” scale to the right of where it’s supposed to be.)

    • April 29, 2019 5:06 PM EDT
    • mike dorsch said:

        Am following in awe Cliff , fantastic skills ! Its gonna be a real masterpiece .

      Thanks Mike!!

      I sure appreciate the encouragement, and will try hard to live up to your generous words!

    • April 29, 2019 5:03 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      Don't chuck on the flutes, they are hardened and may break.

      For the ore cars make a template in 20 ga. sheet brass, keeping the tubes from wandering puts your fingers at risk

       

      Oh. That's why that happens.... 

      Good idea! And a laser'ed jig could locate the pilot drills. Then there'd be precision and durability. 

       

       

       

    • April 28, 2019 8:50 PM EDT
    •   Am following in awe Cliff , fantastic skills ! Its gonna be a real masterpiece .

    • April 28, 2019 9:04 PM EDT
    • Nice job Matt it looks Great and from your photo I'd say it passes the 2 foot rule.