pair of front wheels

Front Wheel Assembly

June 3, 2020 Nigel 0

Rims turned, hubs machined and spokes cutout, it’s now time for the front wheel assembly. A lot of parts, some errors along the way and so time has gone into the manufacture of all of [more…]

all of the parts fro the front wheels

Front Wheel Spokes

June 2, 2020 Nigel 0

Time, for the front wheel spokes and then I can assemble the front wheels for the miniature traction engine. Brass blanks cut out using my slightly modified bandsaw table. I’ve cut out 24 brass blanks. [more…]

front wheel hub laying on box of matches

Front Wheel Hubs

June 2, 2020 Nigel 0

The front wheel hubs are quite small, 18mm in diameter, considering the features that are machined into them. This is my excuse then for having to machine 5 of these hubs before getting a pair [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…]

machining straight lines

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…]

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Model Engine Kits and Plans

April 18, 2020 Nigel 0

How often do you browse the internet looking for model engine kits and plans, sadly too many hours. There are a number of model engine kits and plans available and I thought I would try [more…]

two book nooks

What Size Should a Book Nook be?

April 17, 2020 Nigel 0

Someone pointed out the book nooks that are all over instagram and they sparked my imagination, this got me thinking I needed to make one and then got me wondering what size should a book [more…]

neat polythene overlap

Covering the Greenhouse in Polythene

April 13, 2020 Nigel 2

Last time I’d got to the point where the frame of the greenhouse was assembled. Everything was painted where needed and it was all bolted down. The covering had been ordered from allplas in Hertfordshire. [more…]

a greenhouse frame

A Greenhouse Frame

April 4, 2020 Nigel 0

In the last post I assembled the geodesic dome, this was to become the roof, now it’s time to build a greenhouse frame. The buildwithhubs kit is proving to be a real delight, for a [more…]

1.3m diameter geodesic dome

A Geodesic Dome

April 2, 2020 Nigel 0

Part 2 of my Hubs kit building and I’m ready to assemble a geodesic dome. At the end of my last session cutting out all of the beams for the dome I had a pile [more…]