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    • December 13, 2017 4:42 PM EST
      • Saint Johns, Florida
         
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      John,

      That sounds painful! Were you wearing appropriate eye wear? First your toe last week now this. Be careful!

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    • December 13, 2017 6:34 PM EST
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      Joe Zullo said:

      John,

      That sounds painful! Were you wearing appropriate eye wear? First your toe last week now this. Be careful!

      That's the foolish part, an inch and a quarter north and it's a different story.

      I was taken aback by my foolishness and walked away ...

      I will be wearing my face shield, have one in the casting room ... foolish.

       

      edit to add; no bruising, no pain now. 'cept that ego thing...

      This post was edited by John Caughey at December 13, 2017 6:34 PM EST
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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • December 14, 2017 6:54 AM EST
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      Glad your wound is healing up and wasn't further North   I've done similar foolish things working on the railroad. Get a great idea and spring into action without thinking it through. I once tried to use the Ramset .22 powered nails on rock. The rock laughed when I fired at it and the bullet velocity nail ricocheted off zinging past my head. Fortunately it missed me, but I learned a lesson that day.

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    • December 14, 2017 7:18 AM EST
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      Dang John, those air guns are nasty. My finger tip caught one from my pin nailer when the pin hit a tight grain area. Fortunately only a 1/4" of pin broke through the wood.

    • December 14, 2017 7:27 PM EST
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      Good News!

      I survived!

      I used that piece of flashing to deflect the many ricochets .... 

      On the side of the car barn, I want to make tiles that depicts the modern barrio ...'

      No gaps between the buildings other than entry ways or walled in yards. Bright colors and artsy touches ...

      Well that's my plan, now to find a senior center with a kiln!

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    • March 7, 2018 7:02 PM EST
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      The Mik Internationals just ended and I won a bridge! It's in the background. A simple design I've captured in 3 variations ...

      They go together so fast and the careful angle cuts are covered ...Above is ready for stringers and ties.

      Also strong, for a 'primitive' bridge.

      Slightly skewed.

       

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    • March 7, 2018 7:32 PM EST
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      That looks pretty darn good, John.  I like the way you built a curved bridge out of straight wood .

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    • March 10, 2018 12:32 PM EST
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      Well there is some bend, but hidden.. 7 degrees by eyeball.

      Having the stringers centered over the side uprights stabilized them.

      The stringers are 'close enough' because my engineer assures me; "the use of close set ties makes up for it."

      I'm going out to notch 3 ties for the joiners and then it's glue the ties time ...

      See ya later.

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    • March 10, 2018 2:33 PM EST
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      Didya miss me? Dang...

      Anyway, I have one more to build, so this one is done, until I spike them both.

      I like the Family look...

      It's either use wooden guards on the tie ends or buy more rail...

      See ya.

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    • March 10, 2018 2:56 PM EST
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      Those look great John!  Having 2 bridges near each other in the same general style but with different details really helps make the scene...

       

    • March 11, 2018 9:40 AM EDT
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      Very nice John.  Your railroad has a unique look that I really like.

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    • March 14, 2018 8:21 PM EDT
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      I used to do repetitious production work ... 

      Presenting Variation 03, in the Korm Kaution stage; Where are the triangles??? Their boxcar was bad ordered with 4 hot boxes, invisible Aristo grease .... soon.

      First I have a bunch of angled cuts to make, don't let that hand saw fool ya, it just notched a spot for a leg... all angles are done on the band saw around back of the house...

      The flat top trusses provide strength in the middle ... so the approaches can angle in...

      The bit of stringer on the right gets whittled down to slide under at that spot.

       

      For my birthday yesterday, my doctor's office called to say my biopsy showed pre-cancerous growth ... as soon as they can they are going to give me another endoscope and freeze it off ... do I know how to live it up or what?

       

      I did the only thing that makes sense, I'm building another bridge!

      This post was edited by John Caughey at March 14, 2018 9:13 PM EDT
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    • March 14, 2018 10:49 PM EDT
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      Sorry about the diagnosis John. That sucks. My best wishes for a painless and quick procedure.

       

      But yeah, bridges are a bit therapeutic, and you are on a roll with these bridges. They make a nice collection. I also like (in the other 2, and presumably this one too) the close spaced ties. Really sets the bridge off from the regular track.

       

    • March 15, 2018 12:14 AM EDT
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         I'm liking the sound of pre-cancerous better than the Big C. Keep us posted and we'll keep our fingers crossed.

       

       

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    • March 15, 2018 9:30 AM EDT
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      Some of use if we didn't have bad luck we wouldn't have any luck @ all !

      Gee ... Carry on...

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      The light in the tunnel might not be an engine , but a light in the caboose of my own train on my Roundy Round Rail Road !    My empire is complete...I think...

    • March 15, 2018 10:20 PM EDT
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      Well, John, its a blessing they caught it early.  Hopefully they can go back in and remove it and you will be good as new.  You'll certainly be in our thoughts and prayers.

       

      You are getting good at building these neat little bridges.  I like the fact that they are similar but yet different.  Continue on ...

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    • March 15, 2018 10:48 PM EDT
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      Dan Hilyer said:
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       "You are getting good at building these neat little bridges.  I like the fact that they are similar but yet different.  Continue on ..."

       

      Aye aye, my captain ... I have one more variation, but I don't have a place for line that can't haul ore ... love the pic tho'

      The spikes are in ties, the other boards are filler!

       

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    • March 16, 2018 7:31 PM EDT
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      3rd bridge, nearly done...

      My toes....

      Still have the close spaced out ties to do, but those ties aren't quite right ... ya but I'd know...

      Welcome to the backside!

       

      I found the right cribbing to recycle for the correct ties, but it's my break and then maybe rain. So I put the tools away....

      This post was edited by John Caughey at March 16, 2018 9:19 PM EDT
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    • March 17, 2018 9:44 AM EDT
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      Nice toes, John.  Oh, the bridge looks great too 

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    • March 17, 2018 10:11 AM EDT
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      John,

      The bridges are looking really good!

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