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  • First Steam Engine

    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.

    Walt

  • #2
    the engine turning looks beutiful, nice job.

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    • #3
      The engine turning is a nice touch in addition to the polished and painted surfaces. good looking job
      Glen
      Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
      I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
      All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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      • #4
        Hi PT

        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
        Mogens Kilde
        http://m_kilde.skysite.dk/

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        • #5
          Or you could show us how you "Jeweled" the Engines surface.

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          • #6
            Thanks, guys!

            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!

            Walt

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            • #7
              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
              Glen
              Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
              I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
              All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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              • #8
                DB:
                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
                Tin
                Ad maiorem dei gloriam - Ad vitam paramus

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                • #9
                  Nice work dancing bear. I like the way you finished your engine, looks really good.
                  Paul in NE Ohio

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                  • #10
                    Very nice work

                    Dancingbear:

                    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.
                    Errol Groff

                    New England Model Engineering Society
                    http://neme-s.org/

                    YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GroffErrol?feature=mhee

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                    • #11
                      How to engine turn

                      Thanks again for all your kind replies. For those who asked about the engine turning, I've started a thread, complete with 11 pictures.

                      http://www.homeshopmachinist.net/bbs...ad.php?t=19336

                      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.

                      Walt

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