- Start cutting the wood pieces for chassis A. Cut the cowcatcher prior cutting the chassis because sometimes the component isn’t fit right in the middle at first try. For your information, the cowcatcher is the component beveled front the train which is used to get rid of occasional cow, fallen branches, or snow from the train tracks. Cut a halfway in 30 degrees at the chassis’ other end. Make slight saw slit at chassis bottom around 3 7/16” from front end.
- Cut the pieces to make the cab (B) and also the tender (D). Use ¾” drill bit to make the hole throughout the cab as for the train windows.
- Cut the pieces to make the roof (C) and also the wood box (E). In the roof piece, make 45 degree cut at one edge up to ½” flat. It will be used as the roof back.
- Make a drill hole at the tender as for the train water filler (J). Drill eight holes at the chassis as for the train wheels. Glue the train pieces altogether.
- Smooth the rings located at the boiler’s bottom (F) with sandpaper. Continue sanding until the rings become small flat with ½” width all over the bottom. It will be used to give the glue strip.
- Make ¼” drill hole in the middle of the boiler’s front end as for the train headlight (I).
- On the smoke box top, drill ¼” hole as for the smokestack (G). This smokestack is located in the middle of first two train rings. Glue the boiler in its place. Then, drill the hole throughout the boiler up to the chassis. Attach the dowel as additional supports.
- Make second drill hole as for the train whistle (H). The whistle for this project is cribbage peg. Drill the hole carefully to match the size of the peg. Wrap ½” masking tape strip all around the peg tip, just in case. This strip will be very helpful to make the peg centered while being glued. Make the trims for the headlight and the smokestack as for the bases. These two trims may hamper each other during the assembly. Glue the train pieces altogether.
- Make the trim for the axles so that they can gather in the middle. Two axles dedicated for the big wheels need to be 1/16” longer compared to other six axles for smaller train wheels. Cut the wide slot of the axle in a thin cardboard and then place this thin axle between the wheel and the chassis while gluing the axle. Turn the wheel until the glue is dry and then take out the cardboard or else it will be the train’s permanent part.
Give some finishing touch to the train. Stain or paint the train. Don’t forget to apply some coat. If you want, you can also leave the train into its natural wooden color.