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||Posted - 07/14/2012 : 08:50:00 AM
I recently sold off a bunch of leftover HO parts on eBay. I ordered the correct Sn3 Andrews trucks for my steel underframe rolling stock and now want to stock up on scale lumber. I know I'll need 3" and 6" scribed siding, but what else do you guys use. 2X4s, 4x4s, plain sheets for plywood, check. What about other commonly used dimensional lumber for scratch building? Thanks, Guys!
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||Posted - 07/14/2012 : 3:56:00 PM
I've not bought from NESL for quite long time, although I do like the Mt. Albert stuff since theirs does conveniently get to the Timonium show so when I need that lonely single pack of 1" x 4", I know I can get it there.
Kappler however does have sizes that the others do not, and has done some custom work for me at times - scribed on both side siding, for example.
I wish that NESL would bring back all of their milled RR shapes & stuff as well as their line of special shapes. Finding those little "Z" & "L" sections is getting tough. I may run out some day.....
||Posted - 07/14/2012 : 2:04:00 PM
I've used all 3 of NESL, Kappler and Mt Albert. For a while NESL's quality had slipped (their wood was 'fuzzier'), but they seem to have fixed that problem.
||Posted - 07/14/2012 : 12:30:16 PM
Here is another source:
||Posted - 07/14/2012 : 11:58:26 AM
I literally have just about every size that Kappler sells in O scale and a good proportion/selection of the HO lumber as well. I buy in bulk quantities taking Dave's advise to a bit of an extreme, but then it's rare that I run out of any size other than the smaller 1"x stock.
The HO and smaller dimensional lumber:
About 1/3 of the O Scale lumber:
I had 2 more of those shipping cartons in the picture filled that I've expanded into storage racks.
I've also got a shelf dedicated to scribed siding of several spacing and thicknesses on hand.
||Posted - 07/14/2012 : 09:41:54 AM
I think it's worth getting one package in each size! There's nothing like having the exact right size when you need it.
But I find I use 2x6, 2x8, 2x10, 4x4 and 4x8 in scale sizes and 1/16 and 1/8 square. The 1/16 square makes great corner or trim pieces for 1/16 scribed siding, and 1/8 square is the minimum size for inside bracing.
||Posted - 07/14/2012 : 09:01:58 AM
Russ, I use a lot of 1/32" thick basswood for my O scale building. That would be 1 1/2" in O scale and probably 2" thick in S scale.
I buy the basswood in 3" or 4" by 24" sheets and cut my own widths....a lot cheaper this way. You could also get some 1/64" sheets for use as your 1" boards and cut it to width too. But now you're getting pretty close the the thickness of heavy card stock, which would also work.
But in the thinner materials, look at buying it in sheets to save money. Why pay to have someone else cut it to width. And generally the price break is in the 3 or 4 inch widths.