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05-20-2006, 09:28 PM
Visiting NAMES this year got me interested in building a steam engine. I picked up the plans and materials for a simple oscillating engine at littlemachineshop's booth, and got to work. Here's the result.


A view of the flywheel side...


I've run it on compressed air and the 'canned air' they sell for dusting keyboards and such. It runs pretty well, though it jumps around a lot at high speed.

Hope you enjoy.


05-20-2006, 09:30 PM
the engine turning looks beutiful, nice job.

05-21-2006, 05:18 AM
The engine turning is a nice touch in addition to the polished and painted surfaces. good looking job :D

05-21-2006, 05:29 AM

Nice work ! Can't wait to see your next project.

Could you maybe post pics of how you made the nice looking circular grinding on the surface

05-21-2006, 06:49 AM
Or you could show us how you "Jeweled" the Engines surface.

05-21-2006, 09:30 AM
Thanks for the kind words. The engine turning is far from perfect if you look real close, but for a first effort I'm pretty happy with it. I'll put together some pics of my setup and post them tonight, hopefully. It's a messy process.

Well, gotta go move a tree for SWMBO. Later!


05-21-2006, 10:37 AM
Mogen Have No Idea what you are refering to Most people don't polish the unpainted metal surfaces, the painted polished surfaces make it look good. The engine turned surfaces as thrid surface set the enging off :D

Tin Falcon
05-21-2006, 06:46 PM
Nice work . Those occilators are fun. Have built a few myself.
POI www.littlemachineshop.com has plans for that or a similar one as a download

05-21-2006, 07:25 PM
Nice work dancing bear. I like the way you finished your engine, looks really good.

Errol Groff
05-21-2006, 07:49 PM

Congradulations on a fine first effort. Looks very clean and nice.

For the most part only you know where the blemishes are. Let others admire your work and vow to do even better on the next project.

05-21-2006, 10:49 PM
Thanks again for all your kind replies. For those who asked about the engine turning, I've started a thread, complete with 11 pictures.


Tin Falcon: That's the one! I beveled the edges of the cylinder, in retrospect I should have only done the front edges, it now leaks air on the power stroke. Doesn't affect how it runs, but it is less efficient. :rolleyes: