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Tommatthews
Fireman

8404 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  8:36:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No sense of adventure ....[:-shake]



If only I had the saw mill to cut some lumber ...



There will be three RR bridges crossing the stream ... The other two will be a King Post and a Queen Post ...
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Randy May
Crew Chief

668 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  8:49:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now that will be a very unique bridge for your layout,
that will be a very good focal point of intrest.
a very good option.
I like it!
Randy
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BigLars
Engineer

USA
9071 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  8:53:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom.
Looking forward to the bridge build.

Larry
CEO Tagish & Marsh Lake RR
CFO Yukon Northern RR
COO JR Mining
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visman48
Fireman

USA
5310 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  9:30:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit visman48's Homepage  Click to see visman48's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Tom
as you are building this bridge, remember you can use large scale tools...like cutoff saws, band saws. Also consider hot glue to stick the sticks together. Think too if you have a brad nailer, using it too. I found on the bridge that I built, the wood was green and got lots of twist so drying is good. Belt sander fro the top where your ties will go, and you will have sand the top flatish too.

Les

My forum build links;
Big Horn and Moose Creek :http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22704&whichpage=1
Locomotives: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=20279
Railcars: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=17827
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BigLars
Engineer

USA
9071 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  9:37:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by visman48

I found on the bridge that I built, the wood was green and got lots of twist so drying is good.

Les



My solution to the green wood. Zap it in the microwave for a minute or two. I have an old one in the basement I use. Or if the wife is not looking the big one in the kitchen gets a work out.

Larry
CEO Tagish & Marsh Lake RR
CFO Yukon Northern RR
COO JR Mining
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Geezer
Engineer

USA
10156 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  9:46:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LOL! You live dangerously Larry!


Bill
The only "REAL" Geezer

"Before you say it's my fault, Are you SURE it was my job?"

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elwoodblues
Fireman

Canada
5755 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  10:29:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Larry,

The last time I got caught using the microwave to heat up circuit board etchant it cost me a new microwave.[:-bigeyes] the microwave has since bit the dust so I'm reduced to using the kitchen microwave again. I just make sure that the Mrs is not home when I do it.

Tom, that is going to be a very interesting bridge when it is completed.

Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca

Edited by - elwoodblues on 10/21/2009 10:36:48 PM
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Tommatthews
Fireman

8404 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  10:33:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll try and find some dead spruce limbs ....
when does the wife work next?
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Tommatthews
Fireman

8404 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  10:39:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Spruce trees - 40 - 60 ft. tall: do you purchase them or make them ... I'll need 20 -30 to start and probably 150 - 200 before I am finished ... thoughts?
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elwoodblues
Fireman

Canada
5755 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2009 :  11:09:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Tom you got quite a project there. Considering the size (10 - 15" high) you might be better making them with balsa trunks, easy to carve and stain. I've been looking for tall trees and finding them is like finding a needle in a haystack. I have decided to make my own tall trees.

Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca
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Tommatthews
Fireman

8404 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2009 :  7:36:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ron,

I found some trees but at $10.00 ea. I will be making some. Randy pointed me to a couple of sites that have tutorials on making trees.

Once I get the edges of stream bed carved out how do I seal the bottom before pouring magic water or liquid Future floor wax. I understand that if there is a small opening the liquid "water" will find it.
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Sully
Fireman

USA
2610 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2009 :  8:34:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Sully's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tom, my vote is to make them. You do need to find suitable trunks. Back east we have Nandina shrubs that have 1-11/2" trunks. I use them for my evergreens. My limbs are cut offs from boxwoods or similar shrubs. I use WS dark foliage for the inital foliage and the spray glue on some ground foam.
That said scale 6' trunks may not make it for you West Coast guys [:-bigeyes]!
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Tommatthews
Fireman

8404 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2009 :  10:03:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom,

The trees I want are east northern Maine and New Brunswick. 1 1/2 - 2 ft. dia.

I glued down 15 feet of cork road bed today ...

Then I played with the stream and bridge ...



The trees are from a diorama I built last fall.
They are basswood and caspia. They are a little to tall and need the limbs added closer to the ground. They are fun to make but very time consuming.



I could cut an inch or two off the bottom.
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Geezer
Engineer

USA
10156 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2009 :  04:34:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good Move Tom (Cut a inch or two off bottom) - recycle! ;-)
Good progress.....


Bill
The only "REAL" Geezer

"Before you say it's my fault, Are you SURE it was my job?"

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elwoodblues
Fireman

Canada
5755 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2009 :  09:42:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Tom,

Those trees look good, also the bridge is coming along nicely too. I think the logs you have already does the trick quite nicely. Looks like you will be able to get the "uneveness" out by sanding down the ties. With the trees it will make a great scene when completed.

As for sealing the river bed, I typically paint the river bottom and banks a suitable color with latex house paint. And your right about the magic water, it there is a pin hole it will find it.

Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca
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