My 1st beam engine

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  1. Dec 18, 2017 #1

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    I spent my teen years in my dad's machine shop. Skip ahead 50 years thru marriage, moves, careers, kids, colleges, etc, and I bought a used Smithy 3 in 1 mill/lathe. Say what you will, but I found the machine to be capable and enjoyable. As Ray Wiley Hubbard says "And the days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, well, I have really good days"
    I designed this on "Draft Sight" free cad software. Nice program. I intended to post my design. However, I apparently dumped all my files to that wastebasket in the sky... completely gone. Dammit
    Anyway, here's my engine. I must confess that I'm proud of it.

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    That a great looking engine. Thanks for sharing
     
  3. Dec 18, 2017 #3

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    Very Nice.
     
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    You should be proud. Looks great
     
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    Looks great. The wood and metals go really well together.
     
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    That's nice. I like the incorporation of timber.
     
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    Lovely looking engine. Do you have a video.
     
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    It's been said above: That's great looking and the combination of metal and wood is very nice looking.

    Thanks for posting,

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  9. Dec 19, 2017 #9

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    Thank you all for the compliments. As you know, we hobbyist have a limited audience (wife). Beyond that it's nice to be appreciated.
    I've always enjoyed wood. The beam is bubinga, the frame walnut, and the base is cherry.
    I'll post a video soon.
    Russ
     
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    First of all, merry Christmas to all.

    => Very, very good looking beam engine, Russ. Adding mahogany is an interesting idea, cosmetic wise. But it prevents you from running your beam engine under steam. Anyway, waiting to seeing a video of it running on compressed air.

    By the way, what is this cute yellow car in your avatar picture?
     
  11. Dec 27, 2017 #11

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    Not sure the steam would hurt the wood but I'm fine with running on air.

    That "cute little car" is my '59 Triumph TR3. But she doesn't know she's little... I can and have driven her anywhere in the country.
     
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    I can understand why your proud of it, lovely workmanship. Cheers, Peter.
     
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    Looks great ! :thumbup:
     

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