Sawdust Piles

Sawdust Piles

Post by Gene Workm » Sat, 22 May 1999 04:00:00



I am finishing a lumber mill area and it looks TOO clean and neat.  All the
mills I ever saw had piles of sawdust everywhere.  Anyone ever model a pile
of sawdust?  Any suggestions?  I am thinking of some kind of form (?)
covered with real sawdust which has been treated with a
gray wash.
Gene

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Post by HO RR f » Sun, 23 May 1999 04:00:00


<< I am thinking of some kind of form (?)
covered with real sawdust which has been treated with a gray wash.>>

...........................this sounds like the way i would approach
it............put some conical piles to simulate conveyor belt drops, and
incorporate gray and straw colored washes to simulate old and new
cuttings......HO RR fan

 
 
 

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Post by john a dalt » Sun, 23 May 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
><< I am thinking of some kind of form (?)
>covered with real sawdust which has been treated with a gray wash.>>

>...........................this sounds like the way i would approach
>it............put some conical piles to simulate conveyor belt drops, and
>incorporate gray and straw colored washes to simulate old and new
>cuttings......HO RR fan

...we live in a log home...it is clear-finished with a urethane spar
varnish, similar to a Chris-Craft boat...the carpenter bees, which
look like regular bumblebees, will come up to a log, survey it for
about 2 minutes, then back their behind up to the log, and try to BORE
in...the only thing is that the poor bee just BOUNCES off the log !!!.
...disconcerted, the bee will go thru the same routine 50 times,before
giving up...i've watched them, fascinated (since i have little else to
do)...    :))

...BUT, occasionally, you will see a pile of sawdust on the porch
floor, where the entrerprising bee has found a "tiny" spot underneath
the porch railing, that's not sealed...to think how long and how hard,
and how many fruitless tries a bee must make before they hit
paydirt...

...it's almost like modeling where you change something 6 times till
you get it like you want it...anybody else do that ?...

...big john...   :))

 
 
 

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Post by Michael Usof » Sun, 23 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


> ><< I am thinking of some kind of form (?)
> >covered with real sawdust which has been treated with a gray wash.>>

> >...........................this sounds like the way i would approach
> >it............put some conical piles to simulate conveyor belt drops, and
> >incorporate gray and straw colored washes to simulate old and new
> >cuttings......HO RR fan

> ...we live in a log home...it is clear-finished with a urethane spar
> varnish, similar to a Chris-Craft boat...the carpenter bees, which
> look like regular bumblebees, will come up to a log, survey it for
> about 2 minutes, then back their behind up to the log, and try to BORE
> in...the only thing is that the poor bee just BOUNCES off the log !!!.
> ...disconcerted, the bee will go thru the same routine 50 times,before
> giving up...i've watched them, fascinated (since i have little else to
> do)...    :))

> ...BUT, occasionally, you will see a pile of sawdust on the porch
> floor, where the entrerprising bee has found a "tiny" spot underneath
> the porch railing, that's not sealed...to think how long and how hard,
> and how many fruitless tries a bee must make before they hit
> paydirt...

> ...it's almost like modeling where you change something 6 times till
> you get it like you want it...anybody else do that ?...

> ...big john...   :))

Learning is an intricate process, makes both
ends sore!!  :>))  Mike U.
 
 
 

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Post by TOM » Sun, 23 May 1999 04:00:00


You might want to make conical forms and glue the fine sawdust to
them... Your idea with the wash should work great...

You can obtain your sawdust by sanding a board... This "sawdust" should
be fine enough to be scale... Actual sawdust would be way too coarse,
even for G Gauge...

<><><> TOM <><><>
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Post by John P Sargean » Sun, 23 May 1999 04:00:00


I think I've had the same experience as the "bee", while trying to put
those little grab irons on a tanker car. .............
 
 
 

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Post by MHintz11 » Mon, 24 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>You might want to make conical forms and glue the fine sawdust to
>them...

Try a craft shop; they have all kinds of styrofoam shapes.  These could be used
as your basic form, and would save a ton of time trying to make one.  Also,
they tend to be cheap, as in several for a dollar price range.

Marty

 
 
 

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Post by Rusty Keen » Mon, 24 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>...it's almost like modeling where you change something 6 times till
>you get it like you want it...anybody else do that ?...

You mean like make a misteak? Naw!.  I have bounced my backside off a
number of porch railings, though...
 
 
 

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Post by Mark Math » Mon, 24 May 1999 04:00:00


MHintz1136 wrote ...

Quote:
>>You might want to make conical forms and glue the fine sawdust to
>>them...

>Try a craft shop; they have all kinds of styrofoam shapes.  These could be used
>as your basic form, and would save a ton of time trying to make one.  Also,
>they tend to be cheap, as in several for a dollar price range.

It doesn't take much time at all to make a conical form.

Just cut a circle of appropriate size from paper or cardstock to a size
appropriate for your scale and then cut a pie-shaped wedge out of it.  By gluing
the two edges you just created to each other you have a simple conical form that
can be covered with sawdust, coal, sand, what have you.  Just vary the circle
size and size of the wedge that you cut out to vary the pile size and slope of
the supported material.

 
 
 

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Post by Alan Have » Mon, 24 May 1999 04:00:00




Quote:

snip

> ...it's almost like modeling where you change something 6 times till
> you get it like you want it...anybody else do that ?...

> ...big john...   :))

You mean there's another way to do it???

Alan

 
 
 

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Post by TOM » Mon, 24 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> >You might want to make conical forms and glue the fine sawdust to
> >them...

> Try a craft shop; they have all kinds of styrofoam shapes.  These could be used
> as your basic form, and would save a ton of time trying to make one.  Also,
> they tend to be cheap, as in several for a dollar price range.

> Marty

Excelent idea!!! That's what I love about RMR!!!

<><><> TOM <><><>
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Post by TOM » Mon, 24 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> MHintz1136 wrote ...
> >>You might want to make conical forms and glue the fine sawdust to
> >>them...

> >Try a craft shop; they have all kinds of styrofoam shapes.  These could be used
> >as your basic form, and would save a ton of time trying to make one.  Also,
> >they tend to be cheap, as in several for a dollar price range.

> It doesn't take much time at all to make a conical form.

> Just cut a circle of appropriate size from paper or cardstock to a size
> appropriate for your scale and then cut a pie-shaped wedge out of it.  By gluing
> the two edges you just created to each other you have a simple conical form that
> can be covered with sawdust, coal, sand, what have you.  Just vary the circle
> size and size of the wedge that you cut out to vary the pile size and slope of
> the supported material.

Another good idea!!!

<><><> TOM <><><>
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Post by Gene » Tue, 25 May 1999 04:00:00




Quote:

> > >You might want to make conical forms and glue the fine sawdust to
> > >them...

> > Try a craft shop; they have all kinds of styrofoam shapes.  These
could be used
> > as your basic form, and would save a ton of time trying to make
one.  Also,
> > they tend to be cheap, as in several for a dollar price range.

> > Marty

> Excelent idea!!! That's what I love about RMR!!!

> <><><> TOM <><><>
> -----------------

I can't think of any question that hasn't resulted in several really
good ideas.  Thanks to all.
Gene

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Post by Alan Bo » Tue, 25 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


>> MHintz1136 wrote ...
>> >>You might want to make conical forms and glue the fine sawdust to
>> >>them...

   A variation is to make  conical forms in different sizes, cut from
a tin can, and glue sawdust to the outside.     The cone can be lifted
by a bar magnet so that the sawdust pile size can be changed daily  -
after all, in prototype, the pile varies in size over time.   To
replace, put in position, hold down lightly with one finger, remove
magnet  - no damage to cone.

   For my woodchip cars loads, I have a foam core with a tin plate
stuck on top with hot melt glue.  Sawdust is piled on the tin plate
and glued on with PVA.   Car goes out loaded, at end of journey the
load is removed with magnet and car returns empty for refill.