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rlukens

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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
 

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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,

--ShopShoe
 

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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?
 

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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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