The good news is on Monday, I spent the afternoon cutting all of the parts needed for the balance of the station. The bad news is that, while cutting the last part on the table saw. I also cut my left thumb with the moving saw blade. It required 5 stitches. So, I will be out of action for a while.

Randy Harrison,

President of the:

Great Northeastern Railway

The Standard Railroad of the Basement



 

 

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The good news is on Monday, I spent the afternoon cutting all of the parts needed for the balance of the station. The bad news is that, while cutting the last part on the table saw. I also cut my left thumb with the moving saw blade. It required 5 stitches. So, I will be out of action for a while.

Ouch!! Heal quickly. 5 stitches sounds better than the alternative though...

In the future, set your guides and use a push rod. 

George

Though I have an immobilized left thumb and thought that more table saw work was not a good Idea, I stained the small wooden parts that I cut for the station ticket office and the train information desk/dispatch board. When the parts dry, I will glue them together and spray them with Testor's Gloss Coat. Photos will follow when the assembly of these parts comes to fruition.

Randy Harrison,

President of the:

Great Northeastern Railway

The Standard Railroad of the Basement



 

 

Randy Harrison posted:

Though I have an immobilized left thumb and thought that more table saw work was not a good Idea, I stained the small wooden parts that I cut for the station ticket office and the train information desk/dispatch board. When the parts dry, I will glue them together and spray them with Testor's Gloss Coat. Photos will follow when the assembly of these parts comes to fruition.

Knew you couldn't stay away from it. Anyway, I hear the hobby is good medicine while you are healing.

George

I made another small step toward the completion (which is still many steps further) of my Union Station model. I gave the parts for the ticket window and the information counter/dispatch board another coat of dark walnut stain. A suggestion that I offer as a result of making the mistake myself, is to stain any parts before gluing them together. If you glue first and stain later, any glue that gets on the surface of the wood to be stained will seal the bare wood parts an will not accept stain causing an uneven, blotchy finish.

I also created framework for around the perimeter of my arch-top windows. The unframed windows can be seen below.

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I cut a form out of 1/2 inch plywood. I tried soaking and bending 3/8" bass wood sticks, but, the bend was too sharp and they broke in the bending process. So, at my brass musical instrument repair shop, I had a small inventory of 3/8" square brass rod. First I annealed the rod to soften the metal for ease of bending. Once the straight rod had cooled to room temperature, I cut the rod to appropriate Lengths to go around the plywood form that I made. Then I bent the rods around the form. The end result is below.

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These (I still have one more to make) will be trimmed to size and glued around each window. as in the photos below.

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The brass will remain unpolished in that it will be sprayed with the same stone-textured paint as the rest of the building. For contrast, the photo below shows the same window with no frame.

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The two side windows will also have a decorative sill as do the front windows in the photo below.

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Stay tuned. There will be more in the near future.

Randy Harrison,

President of the:

Great Northeastern Railway

The Standard Railroad of the Basement



 

 

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I stained and assemble some of the interior details for the station today, the information counter/dispatch board and the ticket office. There are still a few more details to be added such as the sign and bars for the windows.

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The information counter in front of the dispatch board was made from 3 pieces of Home Depot molding glued together on a stained piece of 1/4 Luan plywood. The dispatch board was made using Microsoft Word forming a text box and selecting a black, background fill for the text box with white font color.  It was printed on a B&W laser printer, glued to a solid black, Gator Foam board and glued to the back of the information counter.

The ticket office is also made of 1/4 inch Luan plywood and Home Depot molding. It was stained, assembled and will be sprayed with Rustoleum clear gloss. Other details to be added to the ticket office is the fabrication of bar-cage-like windows similar to that of an old bank tellers window. The cage will be made out of 16 AWG aluminum wire from the jewelry department of Michael's craft store, cut, assembled using Sinbad glue, sprayed gloss black and inserted into the two window openings. Interior lighting will also be installed.

The following are photos showing the intended location of ticket office and dispatch board inside the station structure.

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The marbleized floor also was found at Michaels in the decorative paper aisle of the scrap-booking department. Craft stores are a GREAT source for structure detailing items.

More photos will follow as further progress is made.

Randy Harrison,

President of the:

Great Northeastern Railway

The Standard Railroad of the Basement



 

 

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Today, as my injured thumb is still healing, I spent almost 1/2 hour assembling a two-sided wooden bench on which the stain had dried. It reminded me of the large waiting room seats in Pennsylvania Station. Baltimore, Maryland when I was a smaller child (I am a big one, now). I also made parts for the roof of the station and began assembling them. This is minor progress but not enough to photograph. I will have more to report tomorrow with photos.

Randy Harrison,

President of the:

Great Northeastern Railway

The Standard Railroad of the Basement



 

 

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