copper tube


February 27, 2021 Nigel 0

Copper is a orange/reddish coloured metal which is malleable and ductile. It has excellent thermal and electrical conductivities and good corrosion resistance. Pure copper has an electrical conductivity second only to that of silver. Hence [more…]

Burrell crank bearings

Sandwich Crankshaft Bearings

February 27, 2021 Nigel 0

Looking at the slot in the tender I decide to make sandwich crankshaft bearings for the Burrell. Sandwich refers to the layers of the bearings. Essentially a 12mm brass square that is 1.6mm thick in [more…]

machine DRO giveaway

Machine DRO Giveaway

February 24, 2021 Nigel 0

OK, this machine DRO giveaway has an expiry date of 1st March 2021. Also, you need to go onto Instagram and search for machine_dro, then look for their giveaway post. Then their are some easy [more…]

Burrell Traction Engine

Burrell Crankshaft

February 22, 2021 Nigel 2

The traction engine is starting to take shape, but the Burrell crankshaft looks like it needs some thinking about. The issue is the clearance between the top of the firebox and the shaft. OK, this [more…]

enamelled buttons

Something Totally Different

February 22, 2021 Nigel 0

Sometimes I just have to do something totally different. Not sure if it is because I’m stuck in a groove or just bored. Something though kicks in, I get an idea and I just need [more…]

flywheel in warco lathe machining chamfer

Lathe Chuck Spacers

February 19, 2021 Nigel 1

How many times do you use lathe chuck spacers? How do you keep all of the spacers in place whilst aligning the workpiece in the chuck? I had this problem recently with a small flywheel [more…]

finished burrell flywheel on original drawing

Improving the Burrell Engine Flywheel

February 18, 2021 Nigel 0

Improving the Burrell Engine Flywheel from the original heavy design to a thinner elegant long spoked thin rim to match the 1890 drawing. I roughed out a flywheel yesterday, but then Steve (SGSengineering) rightly commented [more…]

size of flywheel versus a matchstick

Burrell Engine Flywheel

February 17, 2021 Nigel 0

The Burrell engine flywheel at 1/20th scale is a tiny 72mm in diameter and just 9mm wide. I’ve machined this from a piece of solid extruded cast iron. Firstly turning the surface profile on the [more…]

Seekone Heat Gun and Accessories

Seekone Heat Gun Review

February 16, 2021 Nigel 0

Initial Seekone heat gun review looking at what comes in the package, specification and initial switch on and testing. My Black & Decker hot air gun finally gave up after 27 years. Over that time [more…]