A Laser Cut Trolley
d. bodnar 1-28-2020
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Stop Back Soon!
|I have scratch built a number of Mr.
Rogers style trolleys that are running at
Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital
and at the
Children's Library in Mt. Lebanon, PA.
Over the years of building them I gradually moved to making some of the parts with my laser cutters. I finally decided that it would be an interesting challenge to do 100% (or close to it) of the build using laser cut parts.
The base was cut from 1/4" plywood and 1/8" acrylic. The top section (upper right image) has a cutout for the motor block as well as square holes for the grab poles and front/back curved skirts.
Three of the part in the upper left were cut from 1/4" plywood and one of the larger section (lower left) was cut from 1/8" acrylic. The lower right part goes above the grab poles.
|The Grab Poles
The poles and grab handles are made from 1/8" plywood. Ten are needed.
|The Curved Front & Back
What I thought would be a very challenging part turned out to be easily accomplished.
|The Interior Benches
The trolley has five benches, three are double sided and two are single sided.
|The Main Roof - Laser Cut Clamps, Too!
The design has a large roof and a smaller one that sits atop the clerestory.
|The Clerestory and its Roof
The clerestory is a simple design with a number of windows. Its roof is constructed in the same manner as the main roof.
|Construction & Painting
The parts of the trolley were all primed then painted. I used red, black and green spray paint