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Offline Alan Haisley

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2016, 04:50:49 AM »
Oh, boy!
Another Monitor build. I love these.  :popcornsmall:
Have at it, Vince.


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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2016, 11:45:24 AM »
Thanks guys for the interest.

I was going to countersink the hole in each plate today but decided otherwise.  I am going to leave it until I fit it to the part below it.



No, I haven't been working during the night.  I cheated a bit and had them laser cut and picked them up this morning.  Made from 3mm mild steel and cost me 58 Euro.  I could not resist it.  Need to deburr it a little and wipe them with an oily rag to protect against rust.

Vince

ps: All the 4mm holes have been reduced to 3mm on the frames also.

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2016, 12:59:47 PM »
I'm watching Vince. The laser-cut plates look good!

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2016, 05:17:52 PM »
Thanks Tim. At the moment reducing two bars of 30 x 30mm aluminum to 25 x 25mm. Very slow going but I will get there eventually. Good thing I have power feed on the X axis!

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2016, 05:27:53 PM »
Good thing I have power feed on the X axis!

Yes! This model certainly made me wish for that.
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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2016, 09:43:44 PM »
Yes, thank goodness I have it, especially as I need to remove lots of material in several passes.  Mine is a bit temperamental in operation but luckily it behaved well in the last two days.

Vince

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2016, 10:33:05 AM »
Yesterday (or was it the day before yesterday?) started work on item 3 which is the outrigger base frame.  Two of these are required.  These are 25 x 25mm and I actually found aluminium bar stock of this size, but by the time I would clean up the sides from all the dents and scratches, the finished size would be much smaller.  Next size up that my supplier had was 30 x 30mm!

So I had to spend some quality time with the mill bringing it down to size.  Luckily, the X axis power feed did not give me any problems (it can be a bit iffy to get it to start working).



Bringing the length down to 130mm.



I did it with both bars in the vice to make sure that they are equal and to save some time.

Vince

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2016, 06:41:09 PM »
Another interesting project  :ThumbsUp:  :ThumbsUp: I will be following along  :wine1:
Best regards

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2016, 04:33:21 PM »
Roger hope you enjoy the ride.

Vince

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2016, 04:45:28 PM »
A little more progress.

Drilled and tapped the 3mm holes in the outrigger base frames and countersunk the hole in the outrigger top plate so that I can fit them together.



Drilled and tapped the 3mm holes in the sides of the outrigger base frames.  This is the setup I used to hold it on the mill table.



I had ordered a 3mm carbide slot drill to cut the slots in the outrigger base frame and was hoping that it would have arrived by today.  Unfortunately, it didn't, so I have to wait for it to finish the base frame.  Still, I did a test fit of the outrigger base frame to the front and rear base frames (items 1).



I used 3mm bolts as shown on the plans but was wondering if studs and nuts would look better.  What do you think guys?

Vince
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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2016, 11:27:50 PM »
Studs 'n Nuts every time for me (although I cheat and use threaded rod and not real studs like Jo does).
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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2016, 11:32:44 PM »
I've no real experience here.
The bolts you have look good to me...but I'd probably throw them on the lathe and face off the markings.

But who knows what I'll end up on mine. It's such a struggle getting the time to do the job right...I may end up with...gasp...socket head cap screws.

(I didn't say that did I? Nah.)
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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2016, 11:45:43 PM »
I have heaps of torx head screws from a couple of commercial laser printers I have stripped so I will probably use them (check out some of the pics on my thread).

If I was building an exact replica then I would use what ever would make it authentic. As this actual design is a bit different to the real thing I would go with what looks good or what you have in stock

50mm face mill turned up today  :whoohoo: more swarf tonight  :cartwheel: :cartwheel:

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2016, 12:40:10 AM »
I've no real experience here.
The bolts you have look good to me...but I'd probably throw them on the lathe and face off the markings.

But who knows what I'll end up on mine. It's such a struggle getting the time to do the job right...I may end up with...gasp...socket head cap screws.

(I didn't say that did I? Nah.)

Either look good. Studs and nuts do add a little more detail for the eyes to get mesmerized by.

Zee, you always have the time to do it right, the trick is to get yourself to use it and move the completion date out and out. Someday I'll be that disciplined... Not there yet!

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2016, 01:03:29 AM »
I've no real experience here.
The bolts you have look good to me...but I'd probably throw them on the lathe and face off the markings.

But who knows what I'll end up on mine. It's such a struggle getting the time to do the job right...I may end up with...gasp...socket head cap screws.

(I didn't say that did I? Nah.)
Zee, you always have the time to do it right,

Thanks Dad.  :lolb:
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