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Old 07-25-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default Building Elmer's Fancy

Well, Rocker fever has passed, but Engine Building fever definitely not...
I started on Elmer's Fancy, and will build as close to original plans as possible, but to the highest finish I can
Deviation from the original build plans will be to make shafts, holes and screws to the closest metric equivalents, I'll be using aluminium for the column and might "personalise" the flywheel.

Started with the column - turned the bottom dowel, turned space for the decorative foot, and turned the rest down to 5/8" up to the chuck as suggested by Elmer. Then laid out for the rest of the detail:


Part-way through turning the detail:

Nearly made a boo-boo on the taper bit; calculated the angle at which to set the topslide from Elmer's dimensions (nice doing trigonometry for a change), but forgot to halve it! Fortunately I realised this in time, as the initial cut angle just looked wrong.

This is where I stopped tonight:

To turn the round part at the foot, I just took a piece of 6mm silver steel, drilled a 4mm hole through it at a slight angle; then used the bench grinder to grind it to shape to make a form tool. Then heat treated it and a final couple of pushes over the oilstone & it worked a treat - forgot to take a picture though.

Wanted to carry on today, but had to stop due to severe chatter & cold feet - not on the project, but on my body - It's terribly cold here in Windhoek today and my workshop's not very warm

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WOW ! If one piece looks that nice, I cant wait to see the rest


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Old 07-25-2009, 06:59 PM   #3
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NO NO NO No No No no no no


Going to the Docs, see if there is a shot to be had to avoid the new strain of mental illness, if not

A thou or 2ml of Tequila should be sufficient self medication till the new strain passes.

Looking good though

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NO NO NO No No No no no no
Going to the Docs, see if there is a shot to be had to avoid the new strain of mental illness, if not
A thou or 2ml of Tequila should be sufficient self medication till the new strain passes.
You're not SUPPOSED to fight it, Foozer!
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You're not SUPPOSED to fight it, Foozer!
You can't fight it. Might as well just get started.
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WOW ! If one piece looks that nice, I cant wait to see the rest
Thanks very much BMyers - I'll try to keep it that way

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Robert, Vernon & rleete

This seems to be new strain - must have originated with Robert though.
Some other members also caught it - the "build it & bling it" strain !
My previous symptoms were to "just get the dang thing built" - now I want to make it & make it purty
Ah well, if you can't beat it, join it !
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Hi Arnold,
great looking column,brings back memory's of the fun i had building my Fancy
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Thanks very much Rob
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Did some more work on the column today.

I don't want to spoil the finish on the column, so clamped it with paper as protection in the vice, and set about milling the flats using the vertical slide on the Myford:


Flats finished, drilled & reamed holes for the main bearing and pivot shaft. I don't have a 3mm reamer yet, so made a d-bit reamer from some 3mm piano wire for the pivot hole:


Next up I made the drill-jig and spacer bush, then drilled the ports; just clamped the myford's machine vice in the cross-vice in the drill press & went for it:


Then, with the machine vice still in the drill press cross vice, I rotated the column 90 deg in the machine vice and cross-drilled the hole for the steam connection.
After that, the machine vice went back to the vertical slide on the Myford, column turned another 90 deg, and milled the flywheel clearance on the foot of the column, as well as drilled out the spring clearance for the pivot shaft. I found a spring that I hope will work.
Ended here tonight: column complete (except for base), and special bits & bobs needed to get to this stage.


Don't know if I will find shop time during the week to carry on; if not I'll have to wait for next weekend.

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