View Full Version : Wobbler steam engine--Back to the beginning---

brian Rupnow
01-02-2011, 03:38 PM
Seems that MetalButcher isn't the only one longing for a wobbler these days. I have a fellow engineer who has an 11 year old kid who is fascinated with small engines. He wanted to build one for a school science project, but 11 year old kids are pretty limited in what machinery they can run. I gave him a peice of 1/4" aluminum plateand one of Elmer Verburgs drawings, and told him that if he could mark out and saw out the base and main frame, and drill and tap the assembly holes, that I would make the lathe/mill parts for him. I figured that he couldn't get in too much trouble with hacksaw, file, and an electric drill. Sure enough, in about 2 weeks the kid came back to my house and dropped of the assembled frame.----So, yesterday and this morning I put together the rest of the parts he needed. The one with the air hose is the new one, actually running in the picture---The one setting in the background is the very first engine I built, when I started into this machining game about 3 years ago. The kid hasn't seen "his" engine yet, but I'm sure he will be thrilled. I really don't approve of adults completely "doing" a kids project for them, and believe me, William is going to really get quizzed by me on what he has learned about steam engines and how they run.---Brian

01-02-2011, 03:42 PM
That's a great project and service, Brian. Those hands-on opportunities don't seem to be as common as they were when I was a kid.

Al Messer
01-02-2011, 03:42 PM
Brian, based on what I can see of the base, he already has a pretty good grasp of using hand tools. I think that you have found a "keeper". Keep up the good work and encourage him to keep learning!