lathe tool post

Lathe Tool Clamping

May 19, 2020 Nigel 0

The are a number of things to consider when clamping the lathe tool into the toolpost, lathe tool clamping: clean surfaces correct height clamping base overhang One of the first things to do when changing [more…]

traction engine Front wheel rims

Traction Engine Front Wheels

May 9, 2020 Nigel 0

The traction engine front wheels are 70mm in diameter and 12mm wide. The wheel rims have been machined from 70mm mild steel round bar that is 1 inch long. This really didn’t leave any margins [more…]

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Compressed Air System Efficiency

May 7, 2020 Nigel 0

When I run engines on compressed air I often wonder about the efficiency. A large electric motor driving a piston compressor that is in turn supplying a small engine that is sometimes barely able to [more…]

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Cast Iron Flywheel

May 2, 2020 Nigel 0

As with a lot of my engine designs they start with the flywheel and in this case a cast iron flywheel that was machined from solid. This flywheel was first installed on my oscillating steam [more…]