Here is a list of all the postings Nick Welburn has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Workbench top|
I’m sorting out my workbench in the garage. It’s got a mini mill and mini lathe on it. I’m going to bolt them down and run cables power etc.
I’m planning to use a 3m length of worktop. Any advice on colour would be appreciated. Obvs A is doesn’t really matter, B black will show less mess.
But am I missing a trick on a lighter background. May as well get it right…
|Thread: My Minnie|
All in so far I’m in for £370 which is a chunk of change. But I think the gears, book, plans and wheels have intrinsic value. I’ve got a few bits to do before work begins. A bigger work bench with an area for bits on it. And I need to finish my s50 and Cringle boiler.
So after a Stuart 10v, and most of an s50 my attention had turned to building a Minnie. Not just a model, but an actual steam engine (albeit a small one)
So after some sage advice in another thread that it is within my capabilities I was looking around and found one part complete local to me at Cinderbarrow.
A chat with the seller and I found out it was a stalled project from the 70’s. Based on a black gates boiler and a set of pre machined gears. It came with a set of full drawings, the book carefully marked to show progress and the engine itself.
|Thread: Building a Minnie|
Well it’s mine, should be picking up tomorrow hopefully. Apologies to BR, alls fair in love and auctions.
As I understand it, I have a black gates boiler and the rest of it in various states of completion. The chap who was building it is well respected at Cinderbarrow for his skills.
Hope he made bits of this once he’d achieved them! It was abandoned due to a change of interests.
I’ll continue this thread once it’s hit my bench.
|Thread: Fabricating a Weber Carburettor Manifold Flange|
I’m about ready to fire up. But they bottom hose is leaking and that entails pulling a lot of stuff back out again… belts off, fans off, manifolds off and charger back out. It’s a full days work..
Hmm. Don’t underestimate the project. I started off making a manifold then got Maniflow in Salisbury to do it. It’s tight in there….
That aside. I used 10mm plate and cut it with a hole saw in a dewalt battery drill I have more better tools now! The sectioned steel tube bought from EBay.
MInes a 69mini with a Shorrock Btw
|Thread: Building a Minnie|
Surely that’s just scrap?
Hey Bill, you seen it in person? You local? It’s about 10miles from me. So I can go get some snaps if it helps.
There is a part completed one, its very local to me - a good start point? or a load of potentially challenging mis made bits? Looks like castings are 450, drawings 50, and a boiler kit 225 - so its potentially a good buy?
I'd be loathe to by a part restored car, do part built steam kits land in the same place?
Edited By JasonB on 08/01/2022 12:06:56
I have an Amadeal cj18 mini lathe, a sieg sx2p mill, hv4 rotary table and the usual other bits.
I silver soldered the crank for the 10v - it seemed fairly straight forward. I'll do the cringle boiler in the next few weeks.
I've only had the metal munching kit for a year or so, but I have rebuilt a couple of cars and can weld to MOT standard.
I've built a stuart 10v, and I've got an S50 on the bench thats coming together much better.
I have also a part completed Cringle boiler.
Once I've made these would I be broadly in the position to try a Minnie? Obviously its a step up in cost for castings and complexity, and it seems it might entail some gear cutting.
Are my ambitions outstripping my ambilities or is this an achievable goal after my experience so far?
|Thread: Putting a Chuck on the rotary table.|
Ok. I’m a bit stumped. I have a rotary table, it’s an hv4 I think with an mt2 taper and three slots.
I want to fit my three jaw 100miles Chuck from my Amadeal cj18. It has only mounting points on the back. So do I bolt the Chuck to a mounting plate and rely on the taper to hold it?
Or do I buy a Chuck with front mounting bolts? Or a smaller 75mm Chuck?
This apparently simple question has me stumped!
|Thread: Milling machine|
I’m not familiar with that kit, what I would say is as a beginner with a Chinese lathe I attempted milling via a vertical slide. Perhaps a more skilled operator would have achieved more. I broadly wasted £100 in parts for milling on a lathe. I now own a milling machine (also Chinese) it’s a fine compliment to the lathe.
your mileage may vary.
|Thread: 5/16 x 26 tpi brass bolt|
Think I have that die, what is it you need? Might take me a little time to produce I’m not sure I’ve got any brass stock in.
|Thread: Tap Extractor|
I did this recently. Managed to drift it round using a scriber and a little toffee hammer. Just little glancing blows so it starts to spin.
|Thread: Tightening a Threaded Bolt|
I’ve had a couple of these that are less than great. Not sure why they get chewed up. On my last project I just fitted new castings. Not sure if some of the aftermarket callipers are a touch off and make it easy to chew up?
|Thread: Mounting stuff to a Faceplate|
That’s an awesome thread and a whole new forum to consume
cheers I can make a set of those clamps. Is it the done thing to drill and tap the face plate or do big boys manage with the existing holes?
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