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My first stationary engine.

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Bo'sun26/05/2021 18:10:11
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Hello All,

This is my first attempt at building a stationary steam engine. It's from plans by T.E.Haynes.

Previously I built his Hot Air Engine.

Big thanks to all you knowledgeable folks that have helped me along the way.

Apologies for the orientation of the video. My photographer wasn't concentrating at the time (the technology is beyond me).


Edited By JasonB on 26/05/2021 18:47:59

Jon Lawes26/05/2021 18:20:46
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What a lovely finish you have on everything. Congratulations on a tidy build.

old mart26/05/2021 18:38:05
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An excellent little engine, now what are your plans for the next one?

Ady126/05/2021 19:10:52
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Looks brill

Brian H26/05/2021 19:26:32
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Looks and runs very well.


Bo'sun27/05/2021 12:02:31
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Posted by old mart on 26/05/2021 18:38:05:

An excellent little engine, now what are your plans for the next one?

Hello OM,

To be honest I'm not sure, but I'm open to sensible suggestions. I embarked on this model making lark to remake the Hot Air Engine that I made at school in1971/72, so I'm not sure what's around.

I understand that it's perfectly possible to produce some models with just a lathe and a milling slide (which I have with my WM250, and used on both engines). However, my intention is to acquire a bench top mill when I can make space for it. Probably a WM14B/16B when they're back in stock.

paul rayner27/05/2021 20:23:55
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How about the thompstone being serialized at the moment.

going to have a bash myself when I get the time. The last one Jason did (muncaster) was excellent enjoyed making that and learned lots of machining skills taboot.



old mart28/05/2021 18:47:49
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Judging from the quality, you could go for a much more sophisticated engine . Do you have a mill as well as a lathe?

Bo'sun28/05/2021 20:47:58
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Hi OM,

Unfortunately not. Although I do have a milling slide for my WM250. A bit of a pain it the wotsits,. but it does the job, However, when I've shuffled a myriad of stuff around, I plan to acquire a WM14B/16B mill when they're back in stock..............

Really pleased you like my first model Steam Engine. Not the most sophisticated, but I'm chuffed to bits with it. My Dad's over the moon.

Andrew Johnston28/05/2021 20:56:12
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Looks pretty darn nice to me! And no flywheel wobble. thumbs up


smf29/05/2021 09:36:32
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Looks great! I really like the 'turned' base. How did you do that - grinding paste on a dowel in a drill press? That's how I've tried to do it before, but not very successfully. I'm now on the look out for the TE Haynes books.


Bo'sun29/05/2021 09:54:48
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Hi Stephen,

The Engine Turned finish was done in a 2D sliding fixture to keep everything nice and uniform. I used maroon Scotchbrite pads glued to a wooden mandrel in my drill press. 16mm dia at 12mm pitch. The hardest bit was not having enough depth on my drill press to complete the last two rows. Turning it around and getting the last two rows realigned was a nightmare. Also, I needed a spare piece of plate along the edges to prevent the Scotchbrite pad from getting torn off on the corners. I finished the plate to size to prevent damaging the surface with any post finishing.

As for the T. E. Haynes books, from what I've seen, you may need a mortgage to buy them from the various on-line sites.

smf29/05/2021 11:15:47
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Thanks. I'll try using scotchbrite. I've searched this morning for the books - yes, they do seem to be quite expensive!! Ouch.

Roger Best01/06/2021 21:00:15
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I love it!!

Great work.

Brian John29/09/2021 09:57:15
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1. Are you using a metho burner ? Can we have a closer look at it and how it was constructed ?

2. Are you venting the exhaust steam through the chimney ?

Bo'sun29/09/2021 11:34:56
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Good morning Brian,

The burner is indeed a meths burner. A tin plate tank (2.5"x 2"x1" connected to a long (3"x1"x3/16" wick holder with a piece of 3"x1" Valor Oil Stove wick.

Both combustion gas and exhaust steam exit through the chimney.

The model is from the T. E. Haynes book "Model Engineering for Schools - Book 1, Steam Engine and Boiler".

Brian John29/09/2021 12:55:13
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Could you post a photo of the burner please ? I am always looking to improve my own design of burner.

Bo'sun29/09/2021 13:21:32
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I'll see what I can do. I have to rely on someone else, unless you want a 35mm transparency. Don't do this digital garbage.

bernard towers29/09/2021 18:11:20
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Sorry don’t understand why digital is garbage

Gerhard Novak29/09/2021 18:47:24
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Just saw this thread - a lovely little machine. Looking forward to your next build!

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