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Bogstandards "Paddleducks" engine by Shred « on: February 28, 2009, 11:13:17 PM »


It's sort of traditional when I get a new machine I use it to make a simple engine to get a feel for how it works and what all the knobs do. This time around I decided to try Bogstandard's "Piston Valve Engine from mainly junk materials" -- it's a little 2-cylinder twin engine that I'd been meaning to give a go for a while now. Plans and text are posted in the download section. With any luck I can finish it in less than the year the my loco took. Of course the plans are metric and while the new machine has a DRO that will speak metric, I still don't have metric drills, reamers or stock material, so I get to adapt and improvise. So far that's been limited to switching the bore for 3/8", changing the piston rods to 1/8" with 5-40 and 4-40 threads as well as 3/16" crosshead guides. Anyway, after Day 1, I got the block bored, the glands, caps and piston made, plus started in on the cross head blocks and broke one tap. We'll see how square everything ended up later.

Tried to hack the crossheads out of the blocks today. That didn't go so well. Looks like the piston hole is considerably off-center. Oh well, it's good practice with the new machine. I'll carry on a bit and see when I need to make a new set.

One thing that did turn out ok was rounding the parts using some filing buttons on the belt sander. If you've not run across filing buttons, they're easy and useful for this sort of thing-take some drill rod, turn it down to the size you want, drill it out, then harden it, but don't bother tempering-- then you have some super-hard (but brittle) buttons. Just the thing to slide up next to your part on a rod and file or sand away. When the level of the part gets down to the level of the buttons, they are too hard for the file to dig into, so it stops cutting. If you are using a sander, make sure they can roll or they will get ground down eventually.

Here's the crossheads with some rounding applied—

Got the 2nd set of crossheads done tonight. Much better than the first set. They still need a date with the bling-fairy, but are good enough as-is for me to move on to the next part. Made a little more progress on the 'ducks engine. Got the top plate made, partly blinged and tapped 22 #2-56 holes in the block.

The engine turning was a bit of an experiment but it came out nice and is pretty easy (though a little tedious)

I got a little time on the Paddleducks engine today. but that broke right at the end. I will be needing some thin ones later on) For future reference and other de-metricifyers. Bogs uses grinding paste. I used a little DremelTM craytex bit. but I can't find them. but I did a lot of tweaking and assembly. it's tough to tell by looking at it how rough the indexing was-. In your thread there is mention of the plans in the down load section.0 -.. Is that were you got them? Scope through this thread: http://www.com/index. fasteners and threads. The crosshead rods are 3/16" and the piston rod is 1/8". Didn't make much beyond the crosshead rods. Even though it wasn't 100% precise. Dremel has discontinued their little metal end-brush that I was about to try). I just bail out on drills. then one crank of the Y at the end of a row. so no pictures of any operations (note to any following along.it's easy enough for me to switch digital calipers and the DRO to metric.php?topic=615. I'm building this using the same de-metricification I used on the Slightly Loco-holes. Unfortunately the battery was dead in my shop camera. threads and stock like drill-rod are converted to a convenient imperial size.the links are there along with a bunch more pics of the originals (note that contrary to what I wrote then. .I did it on the mill just to play with the concept and quickly realized the way to index the plate was to ignore the DRO and just use "one crank" of the X handle per swirl.I was off by a 1/8 turn several times. hopefully making a note of it so I don't hose myself later on. so I'm going to try some other options next (annoyingly.homemodelenginemachinist. the rest remains metric-. but I'd rather not mess with getting that all over the mill. The top end is all assembled and running on air (a squirt in the appropriate port slaps the piston & crosshead to the other end). I have several craytex sticks but would need to whip up a holder for them since they're way too whippy as-is. you might want to make the piston rods a few mm longer to easier accommodate the cross-head lock nuts. I went with #2-56 for the crosshead bars and #4-40 for the piston rod thread.

the crank bore would be very close to the eccentric strap with a 1/4" shaft. Of course if I do that.Made four little square blocks of brass for the bearing blocks today. Got the bearing blocks cranked out of the squared blocks I made yesterday and a start on the base plate.1/4" and 3/16". Not for nothing does it slightly resemble the Alamo Note the vice stop.7mm) and possibly 9/16 (14. contributions and idle thoughts welcome--Originally I thought to have the main crank shaft be 1/4" drill rod. . In this case I just set the corner rounding bit where I wanted it once and kept putting blocks in the stop. flip and cut again. Zero the DRO on it and the fixed jaw and it really helps speed things along. it means I have to turn off the machines. 1/2" (12. But that eccentric strap is 14mm and I'm not likely to make 14mm eccentric straps unless I have to. then I may have to redo the eccentric geometry because I suspect it may throw the throw out. but looking at the little raw bearing blocks (for some reason whenever I work in metric my mental image of the parts-to-be-made is always about 25% too large) it seems that 3/16" would be a better fit to the originally spec-ed 5mm (those are my options-. making a nice safety interlock) The next bit of thinking revolves around de-metrification. reaming and tapping (#2-56) the blocks. cut. so the big end pins will likely be 3/16" as well) I don't think that matters much except looking at the eccentrics. Gave me something useful to do whilst on a two hour conference call with Asia that I only needed to be involved with occasionally (since I have to talk.3mm) are far more likely to be in my drill repertoire. Here's a decorative contour pass after drilling. Most handy when doing 4 sets of bearing blocks.

face to the nut and go get the next one. face to the nut. and set the in feed once with the compound you can crank 'em all out quickly if you were reasonably careful with the width (I used 3/8" material which worked nicely as a just-under 10mm width) -. flip.Over to the lathe and being bolted onto a headless #10-32 bolt for the boss cut (3/16" crankshaft ~= #10 bolt) If you lock everything but the cross-slide down.just bolt them on. .

Plain as day. so off to the band saw.After checking that the crank bore is in the right spot. we'll actually mark it out this time. 15mm. and for good measure. it's on the edge. one hundred and what?!?> This plate is 100mm long. Here's the story-... Drive Y to 5mm and run along X along spotting them as needed. There is an important lesson here for those inclined to take shortcuts. Well.... Crud. (plate #2).. rats. This is the fourth base plate of the night. 1mm too short. it's 99mm long. Aw Cr@p. I could probably use it as-is... 45mm.. it's time to make the base plate. it's 50mm x 110mm. one more time. 50mm x 100mm. slap down the old one in some of the now-diminishing available sheet. I have a decent stash of irregular 1/8" Alu sheet. wait.. I can use it as an extra support bolt. so I grabbed some and hacked off a bit (plate #1).. All I have to do is remember to drill one over on the other side as well. . Square that up all nice and neat. Son of a. And mark where the holes aren't supposed to go. Stick a spotting drill in the mill and away we go spotting the hole locations. Since we're a little torqued with ourselves today....Since I'm using the vice stop and DRO.. Keep going. so far... I re-marked Bogs base plate drawing to be origin in one corner instead of the datum line on center as he had it so I can just drive the DRO to the coordinates without fussing around marking-out. Cut slightly outside the lines to be sure I have enough for squaring. I overcut it squaring. Squared up the rough cuts and aw. slap it in a clean area of the Al sheet and draw around it with a marker to get a cut line. and I'd like to do it right. (plate #3) to realize immediately that we forgot to add the 10mm to the length. <erk. This time. 99mm. Well. Third location out and I spot somewhere that's not supposed to have a hole as I'm going off the X and Y at the sides of the drawing and that particular X is for another row. but I have a lot of Al and it didn't take long to get to this point. Time to go cut some more stock.<spot> 105mm. Look at the drawing again. <spot>. 5mm.. but this time with plenty of extra rough (plate #4).. since the first plate is just a little small. It's a success. outline it and cut it out..

after a couple rounds of cut-and-try. Too much flaking and oozing around and under the blocks. Spent most of the day playing outside. . though I did notice one glitch when I was editing the photos that will get fixed. wait for it to dry and cut to the white spaces. If you do these with a DRO. keep a pad of paper and pencil handy to write down what coordinates you're working on and getting back to. hose down the assembly with spray layout fluid. The reason for the mass amounts of Dykem on the blocks is I thought to bolt the blocks down. but got the flywheel done (and fixed the miss-cut). That didn't work as well as I hoped.Got the slots for the cranks cut without excess drama.

it would cut too much off. though for our kind of work usually good-enough is good enough. How do you account for the thickness of the drill bit itself? If you touch at the edge then go over to the center isn't the radius of the drill bit going to cause you to move over too far? This may not be the best way. or home. That way you can change cutters with abandon and not have to reset the zero. Don't understand a word of it. but that's kind of a pain since your zero is only good for the side of the cutter you zeroed on-. set it on parallels against the stop so the widest part of the wheel hits the stop. DRAWING ON NEXT PAGE: . That's sort of a nuisance with imperial cutters and metric measurements.no correction needed. Drilling is then dial-and-drill since the center of the hole is the hole coordinates. Measure the flywheel width and thickness. If I had a 3/8" cutter in the spindle and lowered the quill. but it takes a little more care and a lot more calculating if you've got imperial dials and are making metric parts.if you touched off on the right side of the cutter for example and then wanted to cut on the left side. it would cut a 3/8" hole centered on 0. I just leave the spindle zeroed on the center and correct for all the sides.want a cut 5mm from the stop-edge? Drive the DRO over to (5mm + cutter radius) and make the cut. The red dotted circle is a cutter zeroed on center-. I apply cutter size offsets for milling.a drill or end-mill. but were I trying to mill to the 10 line. its easy to find TDC to drill the set screw hole. That's correct.center on the x-y edges of the work piece using a standard edge finding practice. The same thing can be done with hand wheels. or whatever you call it. then drive over to half the width and half the thickness. so working off the center of the spindle works well-. You can zero off that.CNC machinists can get all wound up about cutter compensation. so you really want to know where it's edge is. and that is constant for any direction you cut until you change the cutter (you do.0 (which would take a semi-circle notch out of both the vise jaw and the stop. just change the 'correction-factor' you apply when milling. drill and tap.One more good use for the vice stop and DRO (and you don't even need the DRO)-. If I had a laser beam directly down the spindle.since it's zeroed on the fixed jaw and edge of the stop.0. so I avoid that). but it's what I learned playing with CNC machines-. Then you move in from both directions half the thickness and diameter of the work piece to find dead center. For side-milling to a dimension. need to know the cutting diameter of the cutter accurately enough to produce the desired results-. Then you drill or what ever at ground zero or 0. spot. you have to either touch off again or apply a correction. showing how for a drill hole. but makes sense in my brain and isn't too bad with a shop calculator handy-.I zeroed with an edge-finder such that the spindle center is at 0. it cuts where it's supposed to (assume it's the appropriate size for the hole). it would be exactly in the corner of the stop and vise jaw when the DRO says X=0 and Y=0. Drill holes are generally specified to the center of the hole and thus the center of the drill. My understanding: You simply zero out the dials and the spindle. however.) Here's a little crap-o-cad sketch that might help.0 or the sweet spot. you work with the side of the cutter.

faced the disks to 5mm and reamed the center hole. I bored out a set of soft jaws I had mounted on my Taig lathe chuck (it was handy and had soft jaws on it which are excellent for this sort of thing). Then I sliced off some 6mm-or-so slices.Started out making the crank shaft webs. To true them up and make them all 5mm thick. I had forgotten how useful that little thumb-screw carriage stop is on the Taig. Got a piece of 1-1/8" hex brass and whacked it down to 28mm diameter. Must make one for the 12x .

Somewhere along the way I made a 3/16" toolmaker's reamer to help with the holes. so I drilled them as a stack-. It came in handy finishing the second set of holes.. so here's the disk stack on the reamer.drill the top one. next. .. The third hole is less critical. pull it off (otherwise it can get loose and climb the drill). remove it. then the next.

Reassemble the stack and mill the sides of the webs Then two at a time on the rods for drilling and tapping #2-56 (the second web is only there to fill space so the vise stop doesn't hit the other jaw-. The lower hex piece is a tapping guide that I made after seeing some of Marv's on here-.once the first was tapped.the bottom half is drilled for a small-size tap shank. I flipped the set over and drilled and tapped the second web in the same location. I usually turn it with my fingers on small taps. . In use the dowel pin keeps it aligned and the guide slides down the pin as the threads are tapped. the upper drilled and reamed for a 1/8" dowel pin.

Then I drilled out a clearance hole for the squeeze bolt. I'm lazy and didn't. This is where disaster struck. Bogstandard wisely makes extra parts for reasons like this. make a new one or fix the old? May as well try and fix the old first. but.Then back over to be slit with a slitting saw. I'd put a clearance hole right through the web. So. but it got a little out of place on one and before I could stop it. I had a piece of metal (broken slitting saw blade) in the cut to stop the clearance drill from breaking through beyond the cut. You'll notice my saw didn't quite reach the small hole and I had to extend the cut a little with a jewelers saw. .. I scrounged up a little brass wire that fit ok and silver-soldered it into the side where the threads should go. Ack. Lucky for me the ugly cuts are pretty tough to see once it's all assembled.

Since I'm not using 4mm material for the straps.Cut off the excess and re-tap and you can't tell it was ever wrong (which means it's right) The only way I know which was fixed is the fire scale and that will be gone soon. make a good slotting/grooving cutter next time I have the cutter grinder going). I cut the slot to 3/16" which limits the available space for the set screw (mental note. Then on to the eccentrics. I chose to try re-using the cut off bolt and nut from turning the bearing block bosses instead of tapping a rod as in Bog's instructions and it worked well. . I'll be putting in a flat-blade screwdriver #2-56 set screw later.

Some running in and it'll be fine. This post is about making the support columns. it all fit and turns with only a little effort. The first (well. second try. I figured there wasn't a lot of metric on them to occupy my few free brain cells so I could play a little. Note they are long.Here's the crank webs and rods and eccentrics and flywheel all test-assembled to see if it's all going to work. . It's kinda late for me. I experimented with blinging them up from the plan stock rods and made square fluted columns. Amazingly enough. but first 'good' one) sample and raw stock for the next 3. so I'm just going to throw some pictures and a little text up and add commentary later as needed.

Were these cut to the 70mm final length. See the dark area in the middle bottom of the part where there's no material anymore. then flipped to the other to do the next two cuts with a 3/8" ball end mill. there wouldn't be much there to hang onto (see the next picture) The final columns drilled and tapped #4-40. The one in the vise has had one side cut.Here's why they're extra-long-.to give the vise something to hold onto at either end. .

maybe 1/32" either side. . (and one note-. the 6.And test-assembled to get all of the parts made to date attached into one glob. so I still await a chance to play with Marv's latest program. I think they'd look better in brass.5mm square dimension on the plans only had a very small amount of material surrounding the pins.) Made the con-rods and pins. So if something seems unclear. I can always color them later at painting time.. it's no problem to round the shaft in the lathe. did some tuning and running-in and put a couple sleepers on the bottom for now.You'll note a slightly different pin style versus the plans). but I had no 3/8" brass square stock handy. The only trick was turning the round section on the con-rods without fussing with a 4-jaw chuck. Alas the fluted con-rod test part I made was deemed ugly and/or out of place on this engine and straight turned ones were used. check there as well. I did that by milling the 5/16"x1/4" out of 3/8" round in a collet block. so I thickened the rods up a little at the big end to 5/16"x1/4" (the small end is on a 1/8" pin and is 3/16" wide-. With a holding/turning nub on the end.I'm tending to illustrate items not illustrated in Bogstandards' book. Due to my de-metrification of the crankshaft pins to 3/16".

I'll be putting in nicer screws or studs later as well. I went with #256 for the steam port threads.5mm steps in this size range. The rest of the holes are whatever number drill was close to the right measurement in mm. For the playing-along-at-home types. I expect that will loosen up with time. It turns over well on an electric drill with good compression but is still a little stiff turning by hand. but if so. on the theory I can always cut more off if I don't like it in the end. metric is the way to go for models this size-. .several more options). taps and screws are commonly available in 0. The ports were cut with a 3/32" end mill and the spool valve bore is 1/4" We're continuing the 'Alamo' bling style here with the rounding bit. and #4-40 to hold the blocks on (aside: I don't know if drills. At the moment they intentionally doesn't quite align with the top of the main block.got the valve blocks done.Here's my Lego guy showing what we have to date and trying to sort the eccentric timing. Latest update-.

Also in the picture is the valve spools I just got done with (they are somewhat less gnawed-outlooking than the pic). dummy!" They also get very fragile when drilled out-. . he means "Stuff that end far into the chuck and don't cut on it.no heavy cuts allowed. when he says "put the unthreaded end in the chuck".When reading the instructions. That took four tries to get two decent ones-. I was about to use a 1/8" end mill when I discovered the 3/32 hiding out in my tiny end mills box. but I suspect I can work that out based on the pictures) and cross-drilled with a 1/16" end-mill. I had no spotters or centers that were going to sneak down that far next to the collet block I used to drill them and 1/16" is only a little over 1. You can see the slots in this picture and get an idea how much space there is.5mm anyway.Shred would a 1/8 end mill be to big for the ports? I don't think it would matter much if you used a 1/8". There's enough metal around the slot as-is and it's just a way to get steam from one place to another. I tapped the end #4-40 (there doesn't seem to be any text about how the two female threaded ends get connected on the eccentric strap.

Remember not to do the final valve spool bore until after the cross holes are all drilled. Note on the plans the distance to the center of the eccentric strap is blurry and looks a little like 11. No big deal for me.. but that still looked too bulky. you may want to be more careful when drilling them in the first place. A tiny bit of threaded rod. I got a little more on them versus the plans. I used #2-56 for the strap bolts and 1/8" for the rod hole. but the eccentrics themselves weren't quite the same.5.. then made a toolmakers reamer out of the drill rod I'd made the spools from to do the final hole sizing (as seen here but leaving a small flat on the end of the reamer-.no need to harden for one or two-time use in brass). so I went for a little closer to the classic eccentric look and took some swoops out with a 3/8" ball end mill. . I considered going a lot further and doing a nut-n-bolt style setup.there doesn't seem to be any text about how the two female threaded ends get connected on the eccentric strap Top of page 53 and bottom of page 54 shows it all. For the de-metricers. Throw in a floppy boring head and it took a while of lapping with polish and hand work to get a good fit on both. The first corner cut I did with the rounding bit to match the other flourishes.5 if the overall width is 21mm. but if you care. It took a while to bore the holes (I did that before the bling cuts when it was still easier to hang onto) since not only wasn't it a convenient drill size.249" (I have an O/U reamer set). Obviously it's supposed to be 10. but so far stopped here. but if you take it steady and recheck everything you should be good. A few more bits to crank out and we should be close to the first run. I reamed mine . Those blocks have lots of places to mess up. Since I didn't pre-plan for this. I broke into the screw holes. Making a quick run-by to check what I did on something earlier. Here's the in-process eccentric straps to-date.

If you don't have a copy of the plans handy. De-metric notes: valve packing gland. but it could go all the way flush if desired. With a little plumbing (and reassembly) this thing would run. The joint sections are all reamed 1/8" except for one side of the outer joint.Got the rest of the valve string done. #2-56.1/4-28 thread. assemble the pieces. as usual. Joint pins 1/8" with #2-56 thread on one end. No worries about the nut tightening and locking up the joint since all it does is hold the pin in place. which is drilled to a #2 clearance. The rest of the joint gets to run on a nice piece of smooth finished 1/8" rod. I left some length on the off side to visually balance the nut. Maybe I can get on that after a mandatory yard-work break I also made the link pins according to the plans this time. stick the threaded pin all the way through and bolt it on. Notice I've loctited (using the uber-strong 'sleeve retainer') the top of the eccentric strap on versus silver soldering it for the time being until I decide if I want to bling it further. The pack nut was made from 1/4" hex rod which will feel a tad small if your valve stems are large. A slightly loose fit on the gland attachment screw through-holes may help with fitting up later. Attached to the block with. So. It's the first time I've tried this method and it works well. . the pin is a short length of 1/8" rod with a #2-56 thread on one end. albeit without the control block. Drilled to match spool valve stems.

net/~shred/gallery14/albums/album22/FirstRun1.as soon as something binds... WAITTAMINUTE! it turned over! Crap. It's kinda funny now.wmv It's running a temporary manifold for testing and about 40 PSI as I've yet to make the control block. On 80 PSI it buzzes like mad.Comment and video by Blogwitch: Go for it Shred. Not quite running. smoothing it out. This was getting tedious. No wonder it didn't want to run. give yourself a Cheshire cat grin. It's leaking air like a sieve as there's no packing.. Here's the trick-. . It Runs!After a couple evenings dinking with it. Then I went through re-timing it one more time (the built-up bolted together crankshaft is a bit of a nuisance when trying to get the thing going-. http://www.youtube. it throws the crank out and you have to fuss around re-setting the crank and the timing). but didn't run. running it in on a drill and having it almost-run on air. but here's where it is. timing it and re-timing it. piston rings or sealant anywhere. putting it back together.shred2. The control block and plumbing up top is yet to be done. PHIPHIPHIP.. but it runs along nicely. I finally got it sorted.com/watch?v=I8UCWr_BeqE&feature=player_embedded Continuing with Shred’s build…. as usual. I moved down to the other end to set it's eccentric and for some reason hit the air valve on the way before I set it.. it kicked when turned over by hand.set each eccentric with it's corresponding crank webs on the same side of the engine as the other one is set. I'd just torn it all the way down and polished and tweaked a little more on the crossheads and reassembled it and timed it yet again and as usual. After I set one end eccentric. are correct. but for some reason I had it in my head that they needed to be set opposite from each other (the instructions. tearing it down. It is just what you need at this stage to keep the momentum going after doing such great work. I've been setting the eccentrics wrong. it was me that mis-remembered them on the way from the PC to the shop) First Run Video: http://www. Seems so simple now.

Here I've already done one side and flipped the part to cut the other. but it's more than made up for in convenience. Experimenting on some scrap first is recommended. no doubt with a proper router-bit name like 'Roman Ogee with a Half Gainer' that I'm conveniently unaware of). I find it much easier to do edge-y things like this by setting the corner rounder (or chamfer or whatever) running along the fixed jaw of the vise and flip the part around as needed to catch all the edges. but it's not written on the obtained-surplus bit) centered on the jaw and 2.Steam control block made and blinged a little. I wanted bent tubing and have been sidetracked building Bogs'favorite tubing bender . The downside is you can't watch the cut. I think I got that tip from 'Machine Shop Trade Secrets". though sometimes in my limited corner-rounding experience I've moved the Y a bit to get the effect right (on this engine I've been 'abusing' the corner rounders by making them make a router-like cut with flats leading to a quarter-round section.25mm down in Z. These are with the rounding bit (I think it's 1/8" round.

I used a method of cutting half-round grooves taken from Frank Ford's FRETS pages-http://www. run the lathe in reverse (non-threaded chuck required) and cut on the bottom. Short length of hardened drill rod turned to size used as cutting bit Sharpening and putting a bit of rake into the bit. move it up.cut a little.html it's a bit of a hack. but it worked ok-.Pretty straightforward. In summary. but worked. though I simplified it a little and skipped a lot of the draw filing. A little rake helps but there's still no clearance. so cutting isn't great. he really likes his draw-filing (note there are a few dimensions missing and a couple incorrect metric->imperial conversions on the drawings-.if you build this one pay careful attention The most interesting part was making the rolls. load a round bit of the appropriate diameter into a QCTP holder and using the QC height adjustment as the 'in feed'.com/HomeShopTech/QuickTricks/ToolPostFile/toolpostfile.frets. cut a little more until you get the depth you want. Whoever "Torus" is. QC holder is upside down in this pic ..

.nothing soldered in yet. anybody know any good tricks for that? These pipes aren't quite identical. I'll try that when I get my RT going vertically.. PHOTO IS ON NEXT PAGE: .. the brass screws are just to make sure the pipes won't block the cross hole. Here it is mocked up-. but I'm suspecting that silver-soldering and subsequent fitting will get them bent up some more anyway.(lathe is in reverse) Making them with a RT and mill would probably be better. Cutting little bits of bent pipe identically is sort of irritating. Used the new bender to crank out some plumbing for a bent-pipe manifold..

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I detailed such a table in an earlier post. it's a heat-resistant ceramic paper material with a binder that burns off and smells like burnt sugar. several days). You'll get much better results doing this job and many others if you build an accessory table for your Dremel to provide the necessary alignment. I thought I would try tumbling the fire scale off after pickling in a vibratory tumbler.not even a smudge or flux drippings on the underlying block. The bit of hex rod over on the side was used previously to prop the bent tubes on for soldering to the flanges.Mklotz: Bogs is right on about cutting small or thin copper/brass tube. not bolted to the engine. produces a finished edge that needs not much more than a tiny bit of deburring... The bonus of being able to blast off some errant silver solder easily was handy too (if you bling-corner the block like I did. Since I bent then soldered the tube. http://www. that took forever and a day (well..php?topic=414. Available for a few dollars a square foot at glass shops catering to the glass fusing crowd (they call it 'fiber paper' of all things).0 Anyway for the past few weeks I've been faffing around soldering up the piping and control block. plenty good enough.com/index. then I saw one of the joints wasn't complete and had to go re-solder it.some solder ran off down the bling-channels instead of going up the proper spouts and would have been very difficult to remove without the blaster.) Here's a staged photo in the hearth (post-blasted block. etc): The burnt-looking torn piece under the block is a little scrap of 1/8" fiber paper.. it went into the micro blaster and five minutes later. . done carefully. Sometimes called 'fiberfrax'. watch out-. I use it for molten glass and underneath torch work and it works well-. Not wanting to tumble again. the hex gave the off-end a place to sit still in proper orientation to the flange which was flat on the hearth.homemodelenginemachinist. it was clean and while rather matte than shiny. A cutoff disk in a Dremel is the stress-free way to do it and.

less to get in the way. leaving me to suffer through to Monday ). Here's where we are today-. Sorry. When Bogs says it's going to take a while to get the spool right. sanding and polishing. I found my ER collet chuck in the lathe to be really handy for this step. John says!and make an air intake with some sort of in-line drip oiler. both for trimming the spool end and holding it when assembled to test-turn it and work it in. he really means it. A quick anneal and straighten should sort it out. so I'll probably take another spare flange (make extras. In the process some of the copper piping on the block got a little bent but nothing that can't be tweaked back into place later. a little more shop time.With that. Were I to do it again I might consider lapping before soldering on the plumbing to the control block-. Now it mostly needs a whole lot of elbow grease. Lapping the valve I think was a lot more effort than it should have been. I started with a 'just barely won't fit' and went from there. I got a start on the last bits for the control block. no pictures The piping is still askew from the beating it's taken the past few days. all the parts are made! I'll need to get some more 5/32" tubing to complete the exhaust if I ever want to run it on steam (why do I always run out of such things right after the stores closed on Saturday.made an arabesque lubricator to go with the general theme..very close to 4mm and by using the formulas in Kozo's New Shay book... The O-ring I decided on was one with just under a 5/32" ID-.At last. though I think the top and bottom pips may be a little out of character. That's pretty much all I did this evening. a 5/32" shaft should be just about right for a 10% squeeze. Got the control valve spool fitted and cut. . Steam may be a while yet anyway.

Finally got some video— http://www.com/watch?v=Se-6AZFyH70&feature=player_embedded Here's a couple more beauty shots after I hosed off most of the oil and grime: .youtube.

I like trying to 'save' parts that have mistakes in them. Wise advice. For things like the tubing flanges. If I'd had an extra crank web. there's not generally much point making an extra. . off-size. temporary. I could have used a couple more of them.. and just plain ugly parts-that-didn't-make-the-final-cut.. "Always make extras. Like Bogs says.. Fiddly things like packing glands you could pick the best 2 out of 3 instead of making do with only two. not because the first 6 were bad. If it's a one-off.. I could have saved a bunch of dinking around trying to save one when the drill pulled through on it and/or ditched the one with the ugly saw cut (nearly impossible to see. I pulled out the unused. defective. but this time I put most (there's a fair bit more malformed bits of copper tube flung somewhere) of them back into the engine project bin. when cleaning out the bin.Here's one for Carl.. doubly so if you've got a partly-made spare on hand.. Most of the time when we mis-make a part it gets flung into a dark corner of the shop or straight into scrap bin. but at some point it's just easier to make a new one. but it's there)." The Bogster says. extras are good for multiple parts. and so on. so. but to make additional intake and exhaust pipework.

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