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Random Things

I’ve been delinquent in my posting for the last few weeks.  I’ve been doing a few things but none of them had progressed enough to be worth posting.  617 more words


Cylinder Bases. Lathe or milling machine?

I read an expert treatise on making a double expansion steam engine, and I imagine that the comments applies to triples also.  One aspect emphasised the importance of accuracy in making the cylinder bases.   535 more words

Steam Engine

The iron journey

Like a pattern-welded blade — rods of steel woven and hammered flat — metalworking was a process of several strands, inextricably linked. It began with the ore hunter, a slave working for a smith or smelter, who would search bogs and marshes for lumps of iron ore. 459 more words

Dark Ages

Buying Tools and other stuff at a swap meet.

Today I drove with a friend to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia to the biggest swap meet in the Southern hemisphere, maybe the biggest in the known universe. 509 more words

Steam Engine

Gravers Useful When Soldering 'Doughnut' Bezel

So you want to have a bezel-set gem in the center of your enamel? You create an enamel that is a doughnut; that is, it has a hole in the center for the gem. 296 more words


Cutting a Thread with a Thread Micrometer

When making threads on the lathe, you need a way to correctly size the threads.  Threads are a lot more complicated than you’d think at first and they have many critical dimensions.  1,071 more words


Full Steam Ahead

The first penny I produced from a Penny Press was in Disneyland (Anaheim). I can still remember cranking it out when I was a kid. The novelty of choosing the imprint and action of the workings of the mill was very exciting. 479 more words