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Andrew Johnston04/12/2018 22:19:52
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What did I do today? Drilled the first of many holes in my (expensive) steel boilers to fit the smokeboxes. Holes were drilled with a mag drill:

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To get to the side and bottom holes I had to dismantle the rear end and up end the boiler. Quite a lift, and close to my limit without doing myself a mischief:

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The second boiler is now also vertical, but I haven't finished drilling the holes.

Andrew

Ron Laden05/12/2018 21:23:19
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That is some size Andrew, how much will it weigh when complete..?

Andrew Johnston06/12/2018 07:21:37
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Posted by Ron Laden on 05/12/2018 21:23:19:
......how much will it weigh when complete..?

About 500kgs, give or take - Andrew

Ron Laden06/12/2018 07:49:25
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Posted by Andrew Johnston on 06/12/2018 07:21:37:
Posted by Ron Laden on 05/12/2018 21:23:19:
......how much will it weigh when complete..?

About 500kgs, give or take - Andrew

Wow, I guess your planning on a trailer of some description.

Ron

Dominic Bramley06/12/2018 09:10:27
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2 * 500KG traction engines.... In the Kitchen. I like your style!

Dom

Phil Whitley06/12/2018 19:42:10
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Made a vibratory polisher for my daughter to polish her special stones with! the plastic container lifts off so that she can have different polishing medium in seperate bowls, thus avoiding the mess!
Phil

Andrew Johnston06/12/2018 20:34:18
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Posted by Ron Laden on 06/12/2018 07:49:25:

Wow, I guess your planning on a trailer of some description.

Yep, haven't decided yet whether to get a simple open trailer or a posh enclosed one. Of course it's not just the engine you need room for. There's the driving trolley, coal, water, tools and the wherewithal to make simple repairs. Mind you I'm a way away from needing to make a decision.

Andrew

martin perman06/12/2018 20:43:55
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Posted by Andrew Johnston on 06/12/2018 20:34:18:
Posted by Ron Laden on 06/12/2018 07:49:25:

Wow, I guess your planning on a trailer of some description.

Yep, haven't decided yet whether to get a simple open trailer or a posh enclosed one. Of course it's not just the engine you need room for. There's the driving trolley, coal, water, tools and the wherewithal to make simple repairs. Mind you I'm a way away from needing to make a decision.

Andrew

A friend of mine is currently finishing a 6" Foden type steam lorry, he current has a long wheel base, high roof Ford Transit which he uses to take a 4" Showmans and trailer to Rallies and towing a caravan, the Foden will not fit in it so he is looking for a bigger van/truck to move it.

Martin P

Ron Laden07/12/2018 08:03:51
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Posted by Andrew Johnston on 06/12/2018 20:34:18:
Posted by Ron Laden on 06/12/2018 07:49:25:

Wow, I guess your planning on a trailer of some description.

Yep, haven't decided yet whether to get a simple open trailer or a posh enclosed one. Of course it's not just the engine you need room for. There's the driving trolley, coal, water, tools and the wherewithal to make simple repairs. Mind you I'm a way away from needing to make a decision.

Andrew

Andrew, you know what the perfect vehicle would be..? a van based horse box. It wouldnt need to be a big one, say transit size. The long wheel base ones have a small living/sleeping area behind the front seats, plus you get plenty of space in the back and even a fold down ramp for driving the engine in and out, perfect.

Ron

tractionengine4207/12/2018 10:59:07
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Another small name plate done on my home converted cnc mill. Very happy with this result.

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Nigel

Philip Rowe07/12/2018 11:55:01
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Posted by Phil Whitley on 06/12/2018 19:42:10:

Made a vibratory polisher for my daughter to polish her special stones with! the plastic container lifts off so that she can have different polishing medium in seperate bowls, thus avoiding the mess!
Phil

I'm intrigued, how is the vibration generated? Is it a simple eccentric weight on a motor driven shaft of some description? Also how do the plastic containers stand up to the ravages of the various polishing mediums?

Phil

Andrew Johnston07/12/2018 13:04:58
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Posted by tractionengine42 on 07/12/2018 10:59:07:

Another small name plate done on my home converted cnc mill. Very happy with this result.

That's very neat. What size/sort of cutter are you using?

Andrew

Andrew Johnston07/12/2018 13:11:42
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Posted by Ron Laden on 07/12/2018 08:03:51:

Andrew, you know what the perfect vehicle would be..? a van based horse box. It wouldnt need to be a big one, say transit size. The long wheel base ones have a small living/sleeping area behind the front seats, plus you get plenty of space in the back and even a fold down ramp for driving the engine in and out, perfect.

In one sense yes. But I don't really want the expense of running two vehicles. And to be honest I don't see myself doing much, if any, rallying so I wouldn't need overnight accommodation. If the worst did come to the worst I could sleep in an enclosed trailer. I spent a week sleeping in a glider trailer some years ago, after my tent decided it was no longer waterproof, so a trailer would be no hardship. smile

Andrew

tractionengine4207/12/2018 13:58:44
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Andrew, I'm using a 0.2mm/20 deg point carbide engraving cutter at 20k rpm.

Nigel

Cornish Jack07/12/2018 14:17:54
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Not exactly today, but have, at long last, finished the 'nostalgia indulgence' for the weather vane and the 'Office'. One in brass and one in aluminium. Happy days!!

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rgds

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HOWARDT07/12/2018 16:16:43
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Just a bad week. Broke the drive belt on the lathe, no stock and not standard so looked for alternatives, now waiting for new pulleys and belts, which will have to be modified to fit. Then left the band saw unattended while going through 110mm bar. The blade jammed and now in need of a new motor. Oh well that's two jobs for next week!

Gray07/12/2018 16:27:26
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Finally got around to a trial assembly of a much modified Quorn based on Mk2 castings. Still some work to do but the end is in sight. A trial grind on a few drills (4 facet) and HSS lathe tools showed promising results. Not quite got the right settings for the drill geometry so need a little more thought on that and maybe a setting jig for consistent results.

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Ron Laden07/12/2018 17:07:57
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Posted by Andrew Johnston on 07/12/2018 13:11:42:
Posted by Ron Laden on 07/12/2018 08:03:51:

Andrew, you know what the perfect vehicle would be..? a van based horse box. It wouldnt need to be a big one, say transit size. The long wheel base ones have a small living/sleeping area behind the front seats, plus you get plenty of space in the back and even a fold down ramp for driving the engine in and out, perfect.

In one sense yes. But I don't really want the expense of running two vehicles. And to be honest I don't see myself doing much, if any, rallying so I wouldn't need overnight accommodation. If the worst did come to the worst I could sleep in an enclosed trailer. I spent a week sleeping in a glider trailer some years ago, after my tent decided it was no longer waterproof, so a trailer would be no hardship. smile

Andrew

Probably best anyway Andrew as you do realise that jodhpurs and riding boots are mandatory if you have a horsebox and I bet you cant see yourself in those..surprise

martin perman07/12/2018 18:39:30
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I've spent many a happy night sleeping in the back of my works van, a good sleeping bag and double air bed was always comfortable.

Martin P

Andrew Johnston07/12/2018 19:39:06
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Posted by Ron Laden on 07/12/2018 17:07:57:

Probably best anyway Andrew as you do realise that jodhpurs and riding boots are mandatory if you have a horsebox...........

Definitely not my style; not into horses, or horsey types. I'd better not say where I think the best place for a horse is.

Andrew

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