Originally Posted by rudydubya
What kind of projects are you considering?
Thanks everyone for the welcome!
So as far as projects go, nothing until I first learn how to use my chisels. Once I know my Atlas model 618 and Shopmaster (still trying to ID it) inside and out, I will make some throw away pieces as practice, then the long term goal will be to make a practical steam engine capable of driving a 1 kw generator. You know, as sort of a "apocalypse" preparation LOL, a generator for when the electricity is gone, gas is not available etc. As long as I have wood and water I can make electricity! (Of course, solar panels and wind power are just as good except I cannot rebuild a solar panel if it breaks, and it seems to me to be easier to rebuild a steam engine than a wind turbine.)
But before I graduate to such a task I will have to make several models that work.
I will upload some photos of the Shopmaster when I get a chance, it is still in my late father's shed (a shed the size of a single wide trailer!), but when I bring it home I will need some help in identifying it unless I can make out the model off of the mfg. label.