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Old 30-01-18, 08:37 PM   #1
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I'm after members advice on which wood is the best for building a new trolley for transporting and showing my Lister B, the one the engine came on is full of woodworm and is slowly but surely turning to dust!! Some one suggested solid oak but i was unsure if the trolley should have a bit of give in it, i.e a softer wood, so that it wont shake its self to bits if the engine is running for a long time, any advice or tips would be great.
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Old 30-01-18, 08:54 PM   #2
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Steel trolleys have no give in them. We have used softwood, Douglas fir, Mahogany substitutes etc.
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Old 30-01-18, 09:00 PM   #3
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Listers used oak or close-grained pine for their trolleys. Timber size is 2 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches. I also have a Lister trolley (pumping set) made with C section iron girder 2 by 4 inches.

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I like steel it doesn't burn when you try and weld it like wood does.
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Old 30-01-18, 09:38 PM   #5
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I have a couple of engines using Oak trolleys, they work quite nicely, and also a few with Beech, which again works well, but needs to be well sealed to protect it from water.

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I use steel, it's easier to weld
However I have just bought some American White Oak for a small trolley build.
Not started yet, but the wood is extremely dense and rot resistant, it's also much more expensive then steel

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Old 30-01-18, 10:05 PM   #7
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I would use larch...... only because I am making everything from it. It is quite resinous and durable but only the heartwood. Insects and rot love the sap wood.
How it is sawn from a log will give you nice looking grain or not.
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See this link,

http://www.stationary-engine.net/for...=trolley+build

I hope the photos work for you, I cant see them although have looked in the past at the build, lovely work,

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See this link,

http://www.stationary-engine.net/for...=trolley+build

I hope the photos work for you, I cant see them although have looked in the past at the build, lovely work,

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The photos don't show up for me... but they often don't anyway
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Old 30-01-18, 11:59 PM   #10
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Apologies - that's my old trolley building thread. The pictures are all hosted on Photobucket, so will only be visible if: (a) You're using a PC, and (b) You download the fix for Chrome.

The thread shows the build of a few of my earlier trolleys (I haven't added to it for a long time)but to summarise, they are built from English Oak, Sapele or Iroko - all of which are amply strong for a little B-type, as would be just about any hardwood (except perhaps Balsa!) and many softwoods.

As Phillip said, the original trolleys were English Oak or Pitch Pine. If you are building a replica of the original (I hope so!) then any of the dense resinous softwoods would be suitable: Pitch Pine, Larch, Spruce, etc.

The other alternative is to wait and keep your eyes open; original Lister A/B trolleys come along surprisingly frequently.

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