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Chatterbox / Re: Food....again
« Last post by Art K on Today at 03:40:58 PM »
Ok, sorry to say that at yesterday dinner I was slacking. Forgot the picture for the Kens burgundy peppercorn marinated sirloin steak hot off the grill. But here's it's second life as steak & eggs. Scrambled with sauteed onions and mushrooms, cherries & strawberries. Yum!

Just thinking of you all.
From Kits/Castings / Re: 1/4 scale Otto Langen 1866 Engine
« Last post by Jo on Today at 03:16:31 PM »
You may recall I was boring out the base of the OL. It is finally to bore size, so turn it round, quickly centre it up and do the counter bore. Last bit is to turn the shoulder for it to locate into the base.

This can now go into the casting box as we have proven that the casting is fit for purpose and while I wait for the replacement column to cool down I will return to the other engines in the workshop :cartwheel:

No machining to report today. Goodwife has been collecting donations for about 6 weeks to have a "Parkinsons Charity Yardsale" in support of the Parkinsons foundation. Our 41 year old son developed Parkinsons Disease a year ago. My garage was stacked right to the ceiling with other peoples junk, so yesterday involved setting it out along both sides of my 100 foot driveway and doing the yardsale thing. After a furious two hours of setting everything out, with help from our son and two of his children, I spent most of the day setting in a big old (donated) chair and helping wife oversee the yard sale. The sale went very well. We made over $600 for the charity. About noon my son and his two young children were getting pretty worn out, so we sent them home. We had a couple of small passing rain showers, but not enough to wreck anything. At the end of the day, even though we had sold a ton of stuff, there were still 2 tons of "stuff" left in the driveway, which Kathy and I had to then pick up and cram back into my garage. The next 2 weeks will see her donating everything that was left to various organizations around Barrie. It was a fun day, and the first day in months that I haven't been designing for a customer or working in my own machine shop on the Rockerblock engine. I'm sore today from using a lot of muscles that don't get used very often. ----Brian
Tooling & Machines / Re: Learners Project - Simple Grinding Rest
« Last post by Joco on Today at 11:47:24 AM »
Part 2.

Getting the first part all clamped up and ready for milling.   Since the angle plate is a little "in the air" I am taking small nibbles from the top using a 10mm carbide end-mill at 0.3mm per cut to get rid of about 5mm then a final 0.1mm finishing pass to get to size.

So ... the pics    :popcorn:

Pic 2 & 3:
Showing the clamp up using my toolmaker clamps.  These are starting to prove to be very useful little items.  I am going to need to make some more of these.

Pic 5 (pic 4 removed as redundant):
The cutting in flight, a nice little pile of swarf appearing.

Pic 6:
The cut all finished in the clamp setup.

Pic 7:
The two outer dovetail blocks finished up.

Pic 8:
The two parts "nose to nose"  and looking nice an symmetrical.  But just how good was the setup for repeatability?

Pic 9:
The two parts on a flat surface with 60 degree faces matched up to see how tight a fit they are ... don't know about you but these look pretty dang good  for something straight off a mill to me.
Tooling & Machines / Re: Learners Project - Simple Grinding Rest
« Last post by Joco on Today at 11:36:55 AM »
A two part update to deal with the limit of 8 pics per post.

First off was setting up an angle plate with a reference fence to allow for the two outer dovetail blocks to be created exactly the same.

Pic 1a:  Setting the angle.

Pic 1b:  A pic to give a clearer view of the little fence I made to allow repeat setting of the blanks for the outside dovetail blocks.  I will also use the same setup with no movement for doing the inner dovetail block.

Engines / Re: W. Benson Vertical Steam Engine Diorama
« Last post by Chipswitheverything on Today at 08:52:31 AM »
Just caught up with this, John.  Absolutely wonderful, the engine model itself, and the presentation of it in situ.     Dave
Vehicles & Models / Re: Steam Tractor 3/4" (Rudy K)
« Last post by Kim on Today at 05:50:56 AM »
Hi Bob,
Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the support! :)

How far to the finish line?  Interesting question!  Well, I've got a lot done, but I'm sure I've got another year to go at my rate.  The big things left to go are completing the engine, the boiler and all the plumbing work, and few other sundries.  Beyond that, there's the painting & finishing that I don't enjoy so much.  So I've still got a goodly ways to go.  But I'll just keep plugging along, and having fun in the process!

Vehicles & Models / Re: Steam Tractor 3/4" (Rudy K)
« Last post by 90LX_Notch on Today at 04:51:00 AM »
Still following along Kim.  How much more work is left untill the project is completed?

Engines / Re: W. Benson Vertical Steam Engine Diorama
« Last post by b.lindsey on Today at 01:47:33 AM »
I think all the superlatives have been used already John. It really is beautiful in every way, the engine and diorama both.

Engines / Re: W. Benson Vertical Steam Engine Diorama
« Last post by Don1966 on May 27, 2017, 11:40:34 PM »
Beautiful results and nicely done John...... :praise2:

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