Video Shorts


  Stoneworks Stuff    
How to Assemble Styrene Windows & Doors How to Assemble and glue styrene windows & doors. Shows alignment and the use of small clamps, super glue and the interlocking sills. Also included the creation of "knockouts" when modeling with Stone & Cement. 1:11
Casting a Concrete Roof - 2 Pours Create a concrete roof using the "Stone & Cement" technique using 2 pours. These roofs survive hail, rain, ice and UV and won't fall apart when left outside on your garden railroad. Explains "Casting Masters", formwork, mold resist, reinforcing wire and Quikcrete® Vinyl Concrete Patcher. 1:56
Stone & Cement - Single Pour Shows the "single pour" of the "Stone & Cement" technique used for tunnel portals, station platforms, stone bridges, retaining walls, etc. Explains "Casting Masters", formwork, mold resist, reinforcing wire and Quikcrete® Vinyl Concrete Patcher. 1:40
Brick Chimney Assembly and Painting How to Assemble and Paint the laser cut chimney (#4140, #4194 and in kits). Shows the removal of slag created when a laser cuts styrene. Painting uses 2 colors - the "mortar" color and the brick color. Application with a sponge brush. 1:20
2041 Wheel Assembly Recall: Shows new assembly of waterwheel using new cardboard collars (included free in new kit). Corrects some modeling problems noted in 6-2012 1:43
4th of July - Table Rock Lake RR Our Annual Open House is for families, grandkids, neighbors and friends. They come to watch, sip lemonade, chat and to see "what's new" on our Colorado Narrow-Gauge railroad. July, 2013 3:31
4 Waterwheel Mills - 1:24
Mills, raceways and sluices are modeled in real stone and concrete using the "Stone & Cement" Quikrete® Vinyl Cement Patcher technique. 2:55
  OGRS Layouts & Features    
Sawin" in the Ozarks - Steam Powered Saw Mill'
This saw mill was demonstrated at the 52nd Steam-O-Rama in Republic, MO. The steam tractor - belt driven mill was considered "mobile" and could be moved to a different location.On exhibit was the 1917 Ottawa cross-cut saw. 3:57
OGRS at Steam-O-Rama
At the 52nd Steam-O-Rama in Republic, MO, OGRS joined in the fun of "steam"! For several years, Ozark Garden Railway Society has participated with it's mobile G-Scale train layout. 2013 3:13
"His & Her" Frisco Backyard Railroad
Photographed on a chilly March day, this young 400' "Frisco Backyard Railroad" is garden railroad enjoyed together by both husband and wife. The husband loves rolling stock, track, wiring and railroading while the wife loves the plants, ponds and drip systems for watering. 3:56
German Town Railroad in Branson.
"German Town Railroad" was created with a extensive 25-year collection of LGB (European) Trains and Buildings. The railroad features unique rolling stock with fire, circus, mining, passenger and freight engines and trains. 1:52
The Grandkids run the trains.
Here's a garden railroad where the grandkids run the large scale trains with a train engineer remote. The kids have been doing it at grandma's and grandpa's since they were 3-years-old. 2:42

Keeps Us Broke R.R.
Mountain Home, AR

Began 2004. 1500' of track. Structures - Round House, Mill, Depot, Firestation, etc made with Stone & Cement Technique. Excellent loco sound. 4:18
Crooked Creek R.R.
Osage Beach, MO
The degree of detail and plantings, not to mention the infrastructure for water feature, wiring and irrigation, was achieved in 3 years 3:21

 

Questions???

What is real stone? Stoneworks' Fieldstone and Quarry stones come from quarries. They are labeled in the "State" the quarry is located. We diamond wet saw our quarry stone to 1/2" thick, then "cleave" it for modeling 1/16" to 5/8" thick into stone sticks (see photo). Then, you can shape each stick using ceramic tile nippers. We also offer a thin fieldstone.

Can I find real stone locally? You can usually locate your own fieldstone locally – dried stream bed or bank, landscaping outlet, alongside a road from a "highway cut" through the top of a hill, and maybe in your driveway. A 5 gallon pail usually yields 50 lbs. That's a LOT of projects! A stone portal usually takes around 7 lbs.

Stone modeling? Fifteen years ago we developed the Quikrete® Vinyl Patcher Technique for modeling garden railroad structures that remain outside year-round. You can finish a model in about 2 weeks by pouring in the evenings. It's fun to do, easy on the wallet and extremely durable outside (we call it "all-weather"). The step-by-step technique with full instructions is found our book #7051 How to model in Stone and Cement. Our #7051-13 2013 Update DVD is a 17-minute DVD to show the techniques and what's new since 2003. However, our plans for models can use wood, steel or foam substrates.

What is the difference between Stoneworks and JigStones? With JigStones . . . you are making your own stones using RTV rubber molds that they sell you. To do this, you're using a fast setting concrete with gypsum in it. Then you have to assemble the stones you've made . . . and paint them. If your planning to leave these buildings on your garden railway, then it's recommended that you water seal the "jig stone" or they will deteriorate and fall apart over time. Stoneworks developed a technique for modeling with Quikrete® Vinyl Patcher Cement - a concrete product that's made of portland cement. This patcher cement – used to repair your driveway – requires NO sealing. It "sets up" slowly – like real concrete truck cement and has a "green stage", too. During the green stage is when you can shape and carve in it, etc. Real quarried stones held together by this cement require no painting. When mixed to pancake batter consistency . . . and poured . . . you can cast different building textures - sidings and roofs.

How do you buy stone from us? We sell our quarry stone sticks "by-the-pound". Each order is custom, hand-cut to your needs. Quarry sticks have two parallel and smooth edges at approx. 1/2" apart. Placed flat to flat, these form even rows or "courses".

Coverage? One pound of thin cut course stone covers approx. 26 to 30 sq. inches. This coverage will vary as some stone is lighter by weight (#58 OH sandstone) so you get more stone "coverage" per pound. The heavier stone lays less of an area (#19NY Bluestone).

Paint? In the past, we have said "outdoor enamel spray can" and have recommended using a primer. This is for styrene plastic and for cement models and roofs. However, not all paints are "good quality". We're recommending for cement projects, apply one coat of Thompson's water seal before painting. Wait 5 days. Then paint with the "outdoor enamel spray can". For paints without UV protection, a fellow modeler suggested spraying "Crystal Clear -Indoor/Outdoor protective, non-yellowing Clear Finish". We're even coating our real-redwood split shake roofs for more protection.

Glues? In the past we recommended GE Silicone Caulk (clear) to replace a stone that didn't cast well . . . or got loosened when it was removed from the formwork or for installing windows/doors. We've had a few windows pop out after abou 5 to 7 years on the layout. Others have praised the merits of Gorilla Glue (ouside) but it yellows and expands. We're currently of the opinion . . . cast windows/door into cement when ever possible. For stones and "framed" windows that fill knockouts we're now using 5-Minute Epoxy - 2 part mix. After 2 years, it's still holding.

Ordering? Select the stone you would like (samples are available) and include this number with either the "pounds" needed or area coverage required. We'll be happy to discuss your project and the amount of stone you may need.

Pictures? Click on link Stone Model Gallery - RR models and Building Structures