I liked the wooden center pier, so I decided to make an abutment.
Tools and materials list
X-acto handle with a new blade
I cut my abutment on the bandsaw because I wanted it to have a slightly curved front, something unique to Northern Maryland Ry abutments.
I used my bridge story stick to measure the height of the abutment taking into account the bridge tie 8x8s and the steel beams. I cut the piece off a scrap of 2×4, then cut the front on my bandsaw following the slight curve I drew.
The next thing to do is to lay out the courses of the cut rock onto the block.
remember to mark which way is up and where they belong!
You are now ready to use your imagination and a sharp blade to create cut rocks on the wood.
Scrap wood is useful!©
H. Mathews, July 2016