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wframe

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Hello all,
I am a newbe from Clovis California. About five months ago, I was given an old Jet 1024 lathe that had a number of problems. I have been working through them getting it sorted out. It is to the point were it will now work although it is missing the quill/sleeve for the tail stock, so I cannot do any center drilling or work between center yet.

Two weeks ago, I got the last piece working and decided I needed a project that used the lathe. I have always wanted to build a "steam" engine so I went searching the internet. I came across the EZ Engine link and was hooked.

I have marked, cut and drilled the chassis, valve block, and cylinder block, tapped some of the holes and now have these parts assembled. I am waiting for the 1/2 and 1/4 brass round stock to arrive so I can work on the piston and valve. My next step will be to turn the flywheel form a 3 1/2 round scrap I found at my local recycle center (along with 5/16 plate and 3/4 stock that I am using for the chassis and the cylinder & valve blocks).

I have worked in Information Technology all my life. I have done woodworking at moderate level most of my adult life as well as playing with cars and motorcycles and grandkids. I don't know how involved I am going to get in the model engine building hobby, but having the lathe certainly makes it a viable hobby.

Thanks for the great plans and write-up on the EZ engine. I am looking forward to having the engine sitting on my desk . I am planning on hooking a can of Badger Propel to it so hopefully I can have it run while sitting there.
 

Herbiev

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Welcome to the forum. Lots of help here if you get stuck along the way. Love to see some pics of your profile when you get time.
 

rlukens

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Welcome to the forum. Be prepared to purchase more auxiliary tooling as your projects "mature". I've found Craigslist to be a good source and don't be afraid of Harbor Freight. If your budget allows, a decent mill would be a great addition.
Keep us posted and enjoy.
Russ
 

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