So late last year I got 2 USA center beam cars , and while they are well short of most modern stuff I like their look. But they were empty and the loads they sell are quite spendy. So looking online there was the craft stick option or wrapping something to make wrapped lumber. Since I have 2 cars I am making one with green lumber, unwrapped and one with either wrapped lumber or maybe wrapped laminated beams.
So Looking on line I found boxes of craft sticks for a reasonable price, 2,000 for $25. plus shipping only “problem" is they are 4.5” long, and have round ends. Cutting the ends off makes a just about 10’ board. While a whole car of 10’ isn’t out of the question I went a little farther down the rabbithole and I am making a load of 8, 10 , 16, 18 & 20’ units. While I will NOT be doing the whole load I will make a spacer to fill out and have the lumber units 1 craft stick wide on the outside and across the top. Lots of sawing and gluing I have finished one side
Still need to work on the filler behind the lumber, but I have some ideas on how to accomplish this part. My jig with marks for cutting the various sizes and lots of gluing and clamping to get the 4.5" sticks to represent a 16-20’ board. best guess is it took around 100 sticks to make what sits on the car right now. 3 10’ units, 2 16’, and 1 8’ , 18’ ,and 20’ .