Bought a Stuart S50 off eBay
Bought a Stuart 9 off eBay
Dismantled the 9 and ordered replacement parts from Stuart
S50 runs very well after a serious oiling. Base plate and cylinder cover needs repainting and a better base is needed.
Repainted at S50
Preparing base for Chiltern boiler. More painting the 9 sole plate. Trying the new belt sander.
Chiltern boiler test connected to the S50 and works really well. Quick to steam and burner not too noisy. Boiler needs 350ml water to reach half way mark on gauge.
Air test of 9 - runs ok at about 40psi, but lumpy when running slowly. Should run with less air pressure than that I think?
20th April 2018Bought tickets for Intermodallbau in Dortmund!
New baseboard for the S50/10V/Chiltern boiler steam plant completed. Chiltern boiler clad in 5mm x 1mm mahogany strips.
17th May 2018Added brass bands to Chiltern boiler. Bought a shed!
Lots of rubbing down, painting, and rubbing down again. Repeated endlessly. I might be getting better at this, but it's slow going. The panels and castings for the 500 boiler are complete. Dismanteled the doggy Stuart beam engine. This will need a good clean before thinking about anything else. I would also like to measure the components I have and compare those with the Stuart drawings.
Shed base finally down! Shed is due to be installed this coming Friday.
3rd June 2018Bought a small 3l ultrasonic cleaner. Assembled the 500 boiler. Looks very smart. I deliberated painting the side panels a dark green, but decided to stick with satin black. I am planning to use this boiler with the Stuart beam on a new steam plant.
7th June 2018Vintage car event near Petersfield - bought some Aluminium stock, some 26 tpi taps & dies, and also a vintage elecro-mechanical fruit machine mechanism.
8th and 9th June 2018Shed arrived and built! Spent the rest of the day putting the floor in and planning the insulation of lining of the walls.
10th June 2018Putting in insulation panels, some plywood lining, and spending hours in B & Q
15th June 2018The lathe is christened! Enough shed built to enable me to put the lathe into position and turn some metal!
16th June 2018Back from work! Desk and drill stand is in place, so I took the opportunity to mark and drill the holes in my 50V PSU for the fruit machine solenoids.
17th June 2018More insulation and plywood panels fitted. Consumer unit and first dbl 13A socket fitted.
24th June 2018So I get all the plywood and insulation out into the garden ready to start, and of course it starts to pour down with rain. Perfect. Quite a bit done, but this is beginning to drag and I am seriously fed up with it.
30th June 2018All the internal conduit and boxes are in place, so is the Consumer unit. Been a busy museum weekend, so I didn't get around to installing the SWA cable - that will have to wait until next weekend.I did manage to do some work on the fruit machine - loads of fun!
1st July 2018Completed electrical 2nd fix in the shed - see Building a Workshop for more details.Stripped redundant wiring from the drum plates in the fruit machineMade a 50V AC Power pack for the fruit machine.(Made me smile: at 7:30 this morning the phone popped up a message saying the traffic to B&Q was light at the moment. Sad that I am so predictable, but I was just about to go to B&Q - again!)
(Still managed to put off installing the SWA cable.)
6th July 2018Playing with the fruit machine, and updates are on that page. A short video of it running also uploaded.I want a milling machine. Full stop. But I have this worrying thought that I ought to go for CNC straight away. I could buy a manual mill now without too much effort, and I would use it. The concern is somehow being behind the curve when everyone else is moving to CNC. That said, CNC is more expensive of course. The computer side doesn't worry me, so no huge concerns about setting up the s/w. There is a Sieg CNC mill on eBay right now that is sorely temping - it is five years old, but already setup, includes Mach3 CAM and PC, and obviously works. Really wish I had bought a bigger shed!
12th July 2018Finally decided and I have bought a mill. A Warco WM14 with DRO. Warco will fit the DRO and deliver in a couple of weeks.Reassembled the fruit machine and wired up the motor and the solenoids. Much smoother operation now and a new video posted on the fruit machine page.
13th July 2018Warco rang as they are just starting on my mill. Agreed with them that a 2-axis DRO is a better option. Should be ready for delivery in one week or so.
14th July 2018SWA cable installed from main house comsumer unit, through wall, under path, down the garden fence, through shed wall, up to shed consumer unit, then terminated and tails left in shed CU. Not as difficult as I imagined it would be, but still hard work! Light fitting installed in shed as well.
20th July 2018Last bits of electrical installation complete. Now arranging Jim the electrician to come and connect up feed to the shed and test.
1st August 2018Electrical supply connected and installation signed off without any issues! Jim was happy with what I had done and tested everything and sent me the certificates that same day.Chinesium mini-lathe is a disaster. Often it starts and just as often emits a long bang and flash and blows all the circuit breakers. Had enough and I have not enough patience - so now on sale with eBay for spares. Bought a Warco lathe instead.
3rd August 2018Day two of a milling course in Axminster. So far produced a small block of mild steel 24.00mm x 24.00mm x 40.00mm Today we cut slots in the side and a V in the top. Spending some 90% of the time measuring and clamping work, and just 10% cutting metal. Being made to calculate cutting speeds rather than just guessing as I normally would! Real precision stuff. Also forced to use non-digital micrometer for the first time.Job completed and very pleased. The 90(degree sign) V is spot on.
4th August 2018Lathe and Mill delivered! Unpacked and on the bench. They each arrived bolted to a small pallet with a plywood box built around the machine, and then strapped to a larger pallet - so unpacking was quite a task. Needless to say they are both heavy and it was a struggle getting them on to the bench.
5th August 2018Both machines power up! Not connected the DROs yet. I do need to strenghen the bench supports front and back, so off to B&Q to buy timber. Pictures on the workshop page. New 44mm square timber supports for the bench - through the shed floor to the concrete base. Lathe and its tray now bolted to the bench. Cut some metal! Much better than the old crap chinesium one - lovely feel and all works as it should.
Workshop complete! A short video tour is on the Workshop page. Now need to do some work!