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Bijou. Something for the small guys.
« on: July 21, 2012, 07:27:34 PM »
Hi everyone.  Thought I would do my first build for the new forum starting with something small.  Quite small, really.

This is a small oscillating engine designed by Dr. James R. Senft.  Dr. Senft did some work for NASA, and also did a fair
bit of R&D on the Low Temperature Differential engines, like the kind you can run off the heat of a coffee cup. 

Dr. Senft called this engine Bijou.  It's pretty small, though not the smallest he has demonstrated.  One of his designs
is much smaller than the one I will be building here.  (You could fit a number of his smallest design inside a sewing thimble.)





I started with the standard.  This is the piece that all other pieces are mounted on.  It also serves as the port face for
the cylinder.  Here, the pivot bearing has been turned on a small piece of brass.  The hole in the round bit is where the
pivot piece on the cylinder comes through.  The hole diameter is .086".







This is the cylinder, along with my little finger.








Here, the cylinder has been re-mounted in the four jaw for reaming the bore.  The round bit under the upper chuck jaw
is a piece of tubing placed over the pivot shaft so the jaw does not damage it.
The cylinder is the "trunk guide" type.  The trunk, the lower part where the piston goes in, acts as a cross head.







A little mill work on the standard.  The drill bit is .093" diameter, making the hole needed for the main bearing,
which will be pressed into that hole later.







A 1/16" end mill is used to cut away all the un-needed metal.
Once the standard and cylinder were fairly well done, the piston was turned from stainless steel.







These are the pieces so far, next to your standard M&M candy.  Piston, cylinder, and standard.
The ports will be drilled later, if I can find a small enough drill bit.  :)

I'll put more up later.  Thanks for looking in!
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2012, 07:38:13 PM »
Hi Dean,

Chair has been pulled up nice and close! ;D
Looking forward to following along with you on this build.

I will have to look this one up to see what the end result is going to be!

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2012, 07:43:08 PM »
Dean

If that is a regular size M&M candy then they must make them a lot bigger in the US than in Canada. Haha.

Nice work Dean. I've got the glasses on and will be watching.

Cheers  :)

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2012, 07:58:29 PM »
Thanks guys.  Won't take long to get all the pics and text up for this one, as it's all written and ready.
So, you will see the finished result in a couple of days.  Appreciate your comments!
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2012, 08:28:18 PM »
Hi Dean,nice build when are you doing the Thimble ;D
only kidding

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2012, 08:39:22 PM »
I love it, Dean. Just the right size for my Sherline. And so inexpensive in material too. I'm looking forward to the rest of the story.


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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2012, 08:39:53 PM »
Nice one, Dean.
That teeny tiny stuff is really tedious. (Sorry for all the "Tees")

I knew there had to be an M&M in there somewhere...




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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2012, 11:13:21 PM »
I knew there had to be an M&M in there somewhere...

Kevin
You got it, Kevin.  That's my international scale reference for most small things!  ;)

Thanks all for the comments!  As Alan says, this is a project that is sure to fit on even the smallest
lathe.  And, of course, it costs very little to build.


So, on with a bit more progress:



This is the cylinder, standard and piston assembly.







I set up for cutting the main bearing using some 660 bearing bronze.  In the shot above the piece has been
roughed out and a center spot put in the end for drilling the bore.  The bore was drilled a thou under size
to allow cleaning up with a reamer.







I don't have a store bought reamer in .047" (1.2mm), which is the size needed for the crankshaft bore, so I made up
a little shop reamer using hardened pivot wire.  These are usually called "D" reamers, or D-bits.  Normally,
for a larger size it would be made up from drill rod, the end machined to make the cutting edge, then hardened.
For this one I made it in a kind of half lozenge shape using an india stone to grind away the basic shape.








Then to finished it off and make it sharp, it is stoned on a hard white arkansas stone.  I think it's called
slip stone in other parts of the world.  Since it is already hardened to begin with, there is nothing more
to do to make it ready for use.  Pivot steel is hard enough to cut brass, bronze and aluminum just the way it is.








Now the reamer is run down the bore with the lathe running.  Since this is a no clearance/no flute cutter, it can only
go in a tiny bit at a time, then has to be withdrawn to clear the tool and hole of shavings.  Once the reamer
has cut the length of the bore, it's finished and the part can be cut off the parent stock.








Parts shot.  The bearing is a press fit in the engine standard.








To make sure the bearing goes in straight I cut and bored a small aluminum piece to back up the bearing against
the lathe chuck, then pressed on the standard using a brass rod to push against the standard with the tailstock.
Sorry for the fuzzy pic.  It happens.








I wanted to check that the bearing was pressed in straight.  If it's not, the engine won't run.  I put a pivot wire
the same size as the crankshaft into the crank bore and put some more eyeball on it.  It's good.  I'm glad!

More later, folks!
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2012, 03:15:31 PM »

Dean,




I don't have a store bought reamer in .047" (1.2mm), which is the size needed for the crankshaft bore, so I made up
a little shop reamer using hardened pivot wire.  These are usually called "D" reamers, or D-bits.  Normally,
for a larger size it would be made up from drill rod, the end machined to make the cutting edge, then hardened.
For this one I made it in a kind of half lozenge shape using an india stone to grind away the basic shape.


Is this "pivot wire" the same as the "piano wire" that I'd find in a local hobby shop?


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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2012, 05:26:54 PM »
My eyes hurt just reading this post! Good stuff.

Simon

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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2012, 06:50:48 PM »
Dean,

Is this "pivot wire" the same as the "piano wire" that I'd find in a local hobby shop?
Alan

Alan, pivot wire is what watch and clock makers use for making shafts for a time piece.  It is a hardened and
tempered wire.  It's quite similar to piano wire, and yes, you can use piano and music wire for making cutters
for soft metals, same as I showed for the pivot wire.


A bit more progress on this build:



To setup for drilling the crank disc, a piece of steel rod is dialed in on the four jaw to show .125" runout.  That
will give the crank pin offset of 1/16".  Then the piece is drilled .031" for the pin.  Next, the steel rod is
dialed in for no runout and an .047" hole popped down it's center.







Here you can see the hole for the crankshaft, and the offset hole for the crank pin.







Once again, I used the tailstock on the lathe to press in the two shafts, and crankshaft is done.







The flywheel is a simple turning and boring job, then it gets drilled and tapped for the 00-90 crank set screw.







I turned up a piece for the base, too.  Here, it's having a slot milled with a 1/32" end mill.








Made a couple of little screws.  The fasteners in this engine are 00-90.  That's about 1.2mm for folks on the
sillimeter system.  I don't like making very small screws so much.  The failure rate on them is about 50%.  They
tend to break off in the threading die, even with the die opened up all the way.  I made five to get two good ones.







One goes in the flywheel to lock it on the crankshaft. 







Made a little spring from steel guitar string.  This spring keeps the cylinder pressed against the port face.
You can use any solid steel guitar string for making various size and strength of spring.  They are music wire,
which is what commercial springs are made from.







This little thing is a washer made with two steps.  One step larger than the OD of the spring and the smaller
step fits inside the spring.







You can see it better here.  This is the second one I made.  The first one rolled away at the moment it was
parted off.  I had put a thin wire inside it while parting, but the last bit of brass caught on the wire that
was supposed to keep it from getting lost, and the wire flicked it away.  Usually, putting a wire down the
center of something you are parting off will keep it from getting lost as it comes off the parent stock.  This
time it backfired. 







Here are the parts just made.  Spring, washer, and screw.

That's it for this post.  More to come.  Thanks all for having a look!
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2012, 10:17:10 PM »
I've got your fingerprints now Dean  ;D

Seriously, that's good going on really small work! Thank you for showing it  8)

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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2012, 10:29:36 PM »
Good gosh! Dean, that is small. Terrific work but way too fiddly for me. Do you use any kind of magnifying devices when you are doing this type of stuff? It would seem one would have to. Gonna be a nice looking little thing when you're done.

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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2012, 11:20:36 PM »
That is great work!  I would have to have a big magnifying glass for something like that, My eyes are getting too weak.   What if you dropped a part, you would have to build another. 
I hope there is a video of it running planned for the future.
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2012, 12:17:54 AM »
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Thanks for the further comments, fellows!

Do you use any kind of magnifying devices when you are doing this type of stuff?

Sometimes Jim, for the tiny things.  Though I wear glasses, my vision is fairly acute once corrected.  I do use an optivisor
for the really small stuff.  I think it's a 1.5x lens.

Mel, yes, there will be a video in a few days.  :)
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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2012, 07:49:01 PM »
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Here is the finish of this little project.  I will have a video up a few hours later.





This piece will be a jig for drilling the port face holes, and the inlet hole in the cylinder.  A .020" drill
is being use here, (1/2 mm).  I'm doing this on the milling machine, as it has a very true spindle.  The spindle on the
average drill press has too much runout to drill such a small hole, and the bit would be broken in a second.








I also made up an alignment pin with a threaded end.  These two jigs are used to accurately drill the ports
in the engine.  The plate attaches to the crankshaft, and as the crank is rotated the plate will mimic the
arc traveled  by the cylinder when the engine is running.  The tiny hole will be used as a guide for drilling
the needed holes in the port face.  The pin does the same thing for the hole that needs to go in the cylinder face.







This is how the jig mounts to the port face of the engine.  This may not be very interesting in itself, but
I wanted to show how one of these jigs works. A similarly made jig in larger scale will work perfectly for
aligning the steam ports for most any other oscillating engine. 

If you were to need to fab a new port block for an engine, or say you soldered over the holes in an existing
port block, one of these can make your work in locating the holes not only easy, but very accurate.







What you need to know is the distance between the steam inlet in your cylinder and the pivot screw.  Using a thin
piece of sheet steel, drill a hole in one end the same size as your port.  Carefully measure from the center of
that hole and lay off the center of position for your pivot screw, and drill a hole the same size as that screw.
Finally, cut a slot in your jig piece.  Take care to keep your two holes and the slot all in a straight line.
The length of the slot is not critical, as long as it allows you to mount the jig to your intended port face and
slip the slotted part over the crank pin on the crank shaft.  Make the slot long enough to allow the flywheel/crank
to rotate through a full rotation.  Also, make the slot just wide enough to let the crank pin enter it.  It needs
to be a close fit.

When you get ready to drill your holes in the port face, mount the jig to the face using the pivot screw for
the cylinder, or another screw of the same size.  In the pic above, I've used a hex head screw through the jig
and through the pivot hole on the engine port block.

The slot is placed over the crank pin as shown above.  I had to make a small bushing for this one, as the jig is
used for two different drilling operations.  The bushing is needed to remove any slop between the pin and the slot.

Finally, the crankshaft is rotated, watching the jig travel through its arc.  At the extreme points of the arc
on each side of the crank pin rotation, the top tiny hole is used as a guide for drilling the ports.

Hope that made some sense.  Easier to do than to say/type.








This pic shows how well the jig works.  Holes perfectly spaced.
I use this kind of jig for most all of my wobbler engine builds.  Just makes things easier, and gets it done
in one go.







The same jig is used to put the single hole in the cylinder, but this time with an additional pin jig that
holds the cylinder bore perfectly in line with the crankshaft bore.

Two more holes are drilled in the port block, one for the inlet and one for the exhaust, then all the parts
can be assembled. 







You can see how small the engine really is in this shot.







That's it, done.

Thank you all for your interest and nice comments.  Video coming in a few hours.

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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2012, 07:55:21 PM »
Hi Dean,

Great update!
I had to cheat a bit to see what the final result was...
When you said it was by Senft i thought it may be a small Stirling engine, but i was wrong... :hammerbash:

It is a small beauty though!!!


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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2012, 07:57:46 PM »
Dean

I still want to buy the mold that makes those super sized M&M's. Haha.

Cheers  :cheers:

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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2012, 10:21:55 PM »
Congratulations Dean.

Can't wait to see the video! Hurry up   :thewhip:     ;)


I didn't realize just how tiny that thing is!  WOW! 


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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2012, 01:24:45 AM »
Very cool. I do like seeing jigs too.

Hey! It's been hours! Get with it!

BTW - thans for the pic of mini-Z. It was good to see him.
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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2012, 01:44:29 AM »
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Zee, yes, I got your email from Saturday.  Just haven't made a reply for you yet.  I will, buddy!

Okay fellers, here's the vid of Bijou on air.  I have one of it on steam, too.  Will get that one up another time.

Thank you all again for your nice remarks!


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« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2012, 01:53:23 AM »
 :whoohoo:

Man that is small. And you say you have it running on steam?! Looking very much forward to seeing that!
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« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2012, 03:02:46 AM »
very nice Dean. Sure must add to the challenge being so small

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« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2012, 03:14:24 AM »
Very cool, Dean!

Runs real good, too. Sounds like a bunch of hornets :)

What'd you use for air line? Wire insulation?

 :cheers:


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« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2012, 04:08:17 PM »
Well done indeed Dean  :NotWorthy:

I've had my eye on this engine as well - but have been too chicken to try it so far!

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« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2012, 11:26:38 PM »
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Thanks for the comments, folks. 
I hadn't put this build on the other engine forum, so thought it would be a good "introductory" build from me
on MEM.  It will fit on any lathe, and I know some of the guys use small machines like Sherline and Taig.  I have
a Taig, and I do like small projects that will fit on it, although I do have a larger metal lathe, too.
It is a fun build, and it encourages a guy to hold the line on tolerances a bit, so it's good practice.  Also, even
if you screw up every part in it, you're only out about $2 in materials..   :Lol:


What'd you use for air line? Wire insulation?
Kevin
Kevin, I used the small air tube that comes with Dust Off canned air. 

Arnold, build one!  Strap on your magnifying visor, and go to it.  :)
Very simple engine, just not very big.


Okay, here is the video of it running on steam.  Please note, I did this vid for a toy live steam forum
that I visit, which is why I reference the little Mamod Minor 1 in the vid.
The boiler I'm using is from an old toy steamer.  They pop off at about 15 psi.  I don't know how much
pressure the Bijou is running on here, but less than 15 psi.
I had put too much steam oil in the little engine, so you see a lot of white muck on the engine base.
The white stuff is steam oil and water mixed after it came out of the engine exhaust.  The engine has
a case of the hiccups at the start of the vid as it tries to get rid of the excess steam oil.
Part of the "buzzing" sound is the engine itself, and part of it is the vibration on the wood plank.


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« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2012, 07:13:35 PM »
That's brilliant Dean! Can't believe how small it is! Like the jig, that's what most people struggle with on wobblers.
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« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2012, 07:26:07 PM »
Dean,

That is sweet.   :ThumbsUp:  I love the real little ones.

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« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2012, 12:33:38 AM »
Very cool Dean.
I wouldn't have believed it...should have known better.

Looking forward to your next project!
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« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2012, 11:11:58 AM »
Dean

That's wonderful and encourages me to do something I've had in mind for a while. The LBSC style mechanical lubricator is very similar in size and design to your Bijou. I've the innards of one in my junk box and have been meaning to make a small flywheel for it and see if it would run as wobbler. Clearly it could.

Something for one of those slow days.

Thanks for showing us

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« Reply #30 on: July 27, 2012, 09:28:41 PM »
Thank you for all the nice comments, fellows.  Someone should build one, Carl!
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« Reply #31 on: July 28, 2012, 03:04:37 AM »
Someone should build one, Carl!

Some one did Dean. Some one did. And I fine job too.  ;D
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« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2012, 04:02:16 PM »
Great little runner, Dean.  Nice work!

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« Reply #33 on: July 30, 2012, 09:23:02 PM »
Dean, I am just now catching up on some posts, yours among them. Fantastic job too!!!  My eyes aren't up to that "smallness" these days, even with a magna-visor, but I still love the little engines. Thanks for sharing the build here.

BIll

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Re: Bijou. Something for the small guys.
« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2012, 02:51:21 AM »
Very nicely executed Dean, very nice indeed. That small stuff is just too, well er, um, small for these old eyes but gosh, you make it look so easy.     :hellno:  :insane: :ThumbsUp:

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Jim

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Re: Bijou. Something for the small guys.
« Reply #35 on: October 04, 2012, 11:31:59 PM »
Cool little bugger    :ThumbsUp:    Thanks for the videos
Mel
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Re: Bijou. Something for the small guys.
« Reply #36 on: October 05, 2012, 05:54:54 AM »
Great job Dean, I really  admire the accuracy you achieved on those small parts. Thanks for sharing.

Jim

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Re: Bijou. Something for the small guys.
« Reply #37 on: October 05, 2012, 11:09:30 AM »
Dean!

That is an awesome build my friend!   WELL DONE!

Dave

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Re: Bijou. Something for the small guys.
« Reply #38 on: October 05, 2012, 03:59:11 PM »
Excellent Dean.
This build log will be very useful for anyone wanting to build a wobbler. Even one quite a bit larger will follow these steps - except perhaps for a fancier flywheel - which could be its own build log.
Thanks for a great post.
Alan
Near Raleigh, NC, USA

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Re: Bijou. Something for the small guys.
« Reply #39 on: October 05, 2012, 04:02:48 PM »
That runs really well, thanks for posting!