Hey guys! My name is Justin, from Idaho, and I'm at home most of the time so I really need a good hobby.
My main interest at the moment is in building a steam engine that can eventually be adapted to do any number of tasks. However, I don't have machine shop tools, like a mill, lathe, etc. I do have a lot of regular garage tools, and I use them well, but I don't have machining stuff yet (an thus far I don't have the cash to get what I "need").
Anyhow, perhaps my main goal here is to become self sufficient. What I mean by that is I want to create a few things that could be used if times/economy/governments get bad and I find myself needed to survive on my own....You get my meaning, I'm sure. Eventually, I'd like to learn to find my own metals in the ground and (forgetting the names of the steps) sift out the dirt and metals, melt them down, make some molds and make my own casts. Is this really weird
but it's an interest of mine either way. But right now my main interest is in finding simply steam engine plans that call for materials I can get at a Home Depot or somewhere else, and where I don't need any millwork (though if only a little was needed, I'm sure I could find a neighbor with something that would work). Anyhow, i'm off to go read the forums.
This seems to be a wonderful site, thanks Rick.