miniature cake shop

1/8th Scale Cake Shop

October 24, 2020 Nigel 0

This miniature 1/8th Scale Cake Shop was made some time ago by Nigel Taylor and Eileen Careless. The 1/8th scale cake shop was designed to hang on the wall as a 3 dimensional picture. The [more…]

fire door

Firebox Door for the Burrell

October 24, 2020 Nigel 0

The firebox door for the Burrell 1/20th scale traction engine is a challenge based on the size of the hinge and latch. The usefulness of the door is questionable as the prime route for firing [more…]

firebox silver soldered

Firebox for the Burrell

September 16, 2020 Nigel 0

I started with the barrel for the boiler some time ago, now I needed a firebox for the Burrell traction engine. The basic design is to have a simple copper cylindrical boiler and a firebox [more…]

boiler endplates and tubes

Boiler End Plates

August 14, 2020 Nigel 0

Should boiler end plates on a copper boiler be concave or convex? Is there a reason they go one way or the other? One reason for the convex endplates is that I intend to rivet [more…]

GRBL Software

Genmitsu 3018 CNC Software

July 25, 2020 Nigel 0

Learning here as I go along, but thought it would be worth sharing some tips from the Genmitsu 3018 CNC software experience so far. I bought a Sain Smart Genmitsu 3018-Pro router just over a [more…]

dynamo driven by flywheel

Steam Powered Street Lighting

July 4, 2020 Nigel 0

This all started with me wondering what it would be like to have steam powered street lighting. Could we have a network of steam and a steam engine attached to the lamp post? How big [more…]

boiler endplates and tubes

Miniature Traction Engine Boiler

June 21, 2020 Nigel 2

The miniature traction engine boiler design is to heat partly from underneath and with through tubes from the firebox. This means I can make a simple copper boiler and fix this into a steel firebox. [more…]