I need tinker toy parts, can you help?

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by Gil Finn, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Join Date: Aug 2005
    Location: W Va
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    [​IMG] WTB Tinker toy pieces
    [​IMG] I need some tinker toy parts...a couple of round pieces and some shafts for a saw mill I am making.

    Can anyone help me out?

    The idea is to use them for pulleys and heat a hack saw blade and bend it to fit over them like a band saw.


    Iwill pay postage and what ever you think is reasonable.
  2. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    Gil, a blade from a small Bandsaw clipped to size might be easier than trying to heat and form a hacksaw blade.Ussually easy to get if you know any woodworking type guys.
    Wood woring guys never seem to throw away anything even if it would never be usable again it gets hung on a peg :)

    The smaller and thinner blades would likely be easier to work with .
    Perhaps a cabinet shop or machine shop would also have an old one and if you knew the length you needed they may even be able to cut it and weld it in a few seconds (Many larger machines have built in blade welders)

    Pullys can be salvaged out of many old pieces of electronics equipment as can many differant gears etc.Video cassette players etc can often be gotten free at garage sales or sometimes at electronics repair shops.Lots of goodies can be had inside them cases.
    While checking garage sales dont forget to check the old jewelry. For 25 to 50 cents you may find some good scale chain which you'll need hanging around here and there.( I managed to get about 40' of chain in 4 different sizes for a couple bucks one day)
    Much cheaper than 2.00 a foot at the hobby shop and a variety of link sizes can be had :)

    I'd love to see pictures as you build your mill as I have a similar project in my future for an On30 layout. :)

    Will you be working from Plans??
  3. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Great ideas, I will file them and email you when I get it under way.

    First I am starting a coal tipple, that will be easier.

    No plans, will look at some phots and just go to work.
  4. silver

    silver Member

    Reciprocating Jig saw blades I think are more what you are looking for. They are smaller and closer to scale. They carry them at most good hardware stores they are cheaper partly because they do break often because of thier size. I would think that a wood worker knows when it is time to through out a blade and not keep them around. Dull blade are worse than useless.

    As far as Tinker Toy parts. Toys Are Us carries new sets in the building toy area. Hope this helps.
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    How about a scroll saw blade? Longer than a jigsaw blade, and more flexible too...

  6. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    You might want to look for a coping saw blade. They're about the same size (thickness, width, tooth size) as a scroll saw, but longer. You might also check second hand or thrift shops for tinker toys. They often get bagged with other misc. small toys and sold for pocket change.
  7. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    I checked scale on my bandsaw blades. 24t is to small in 1:48 but the 18t is as close as i'll ever need to perfect!!
  8. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    what does "t" mean?
  9. silver

    silver Member

    I would guess teeth to the inch.

    Am I right?
  10. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    Yes, that is how all saw blades are sold.
    Even hack saw blades will be 24t 36t 60t etc :)

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