|Written by Paul D. Race for Family Garden Trains(tm)
Making Corrugated Metal Panels from Disposable Aluminum PansI drink a lot of soda, some of it from aluminum cans. I recycle when it's reasonably possible. And I like getting building materials for my garden railroad free. So I am indebted to George Shreyer's excellent description of how to use aluminum cans and a Fiskars paper crimper to create free corrugated aluminum panels to build with. Unfortunately, I seldom have enough time to cut up the cans or to roast them in the oven (it makes them less shiny and easier to crimp). Fortunately I've found an easy-to-use substitute.
ConclusionThis is the latest in a series of money-saving suggestions I've researched for the sake of folks who are trying to build a railroad on a tight budget. I haven't had a chance to build anything with this material yet, but I wanted to get the idea "out there" in case any of our readers might find it useful for their winter projects.
As soon as I finished this article, I went back to George's article to check on something and discovered that he has recently done a structure using aluminum from a disposable pan, too. Now that I know how well this works, I'll be more careful about saving these pans when I come across them.
George has built several structures using recycled, crimped aluminum, however, so his pages should give you some ideas of what is possible.
If you have any interesting or money-saving structure tips or projects you'd like to share with our fellow readers, please contact me with the details, and I'll be glad to post them, giving you full credit, of course.
Reader ResponseReader Deane Dvoracek used soda cans and went through two Fiskar crimpers to get enough crimped aluminum to build a 28"-tall model of a real grain elevator he photographed on vacation in Montana. He says his hands are sore, but the results are worth it. I agree.
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