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by Bill Shields
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: How I Ended up with a Machine Shop
Replies: 10
Views: 435

Re: How I Ended up with a Machine Shop

A fully equipped shop is like being a good engineer (as described by my father). Being a good engineer is knowing what needs to be done and how to do it...which usually means finding the correct person (machine) to do it. Thank God for the internet and making it EASIER to find people to do those thi...
by Bill Shields
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Milling machine identification
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Milling machine identification

I have one from 'Select' but without the hand wheel Z feed that I purchased in the late 1970's. as described, it is a generic 'made in Taiwan' machine....but is a different color (FWIW) if it needs any parts that are more than basic bearings and / or belts (or a motor)...be careful. The electrics on...
by Bill Shields
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Model Machinist Book?
Replies: 14
Views: 302

Re: Model Machinist Book?

build a BvB pump.....

a large part of being a good machinist is planning your work, so write things down before you make chips.
by Bill Shields
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade, Wanted, Free!
Topic: WTB HEX 5C COLLETS
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: WTB HEX 5C COLLETS

it is not a case of junk and / or China or India per se.

it is that I specifically want to purchase something made in USA if at all possible..and do not mind paying a premium if it is necessary

Lyndex makes very good products
by Bill Shields
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coppersmithing a Boiler - Southern Railways Bulleid Pacific
Replies: 43
Views: 8291

Re: Coppersmithing a Boiler - Southern Railways Bulleid Pacific

my gut 'ballpark guess' to building that boiler from copper would be $10k..which would be a reasonable price for the material and labor involved.
by Bill Shields
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade, Wanted, Free!
Topic: WTB HEX 5C COLLETS
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: WTB HEX 5C COLLETS

yes, but no indication of where they are made.....
by Bill Shields
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coppersmithing a Boiler - Southern Railways Bulleid Pacific
Replies: 43
Views: 8291

Re: Coppersmithing a Boiler - Southern Railways Bulleid Pacific

by multiplying $1000 x 10 -> I had thought - thumb in the air - that a boiler that size, were I to build it for someone, would cost $10K
by Bill Shields
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: New Wagon Top Boiler for an Allen Ten Wheeler
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Re: New Wagon Top Boiler for an Allen Ten Wheeler

BBBB

Best Boilers in Business Bar-none
by Bill Shields
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade, Wanted, Free!
Topic: WTB HEX 5C COLLETS
Replies: 6
Views: 152

WTB HEX 5C COLLETS

Need 7/16 - 1/2 - 9/16 HEX 5C collets.

Ok...want more than need.

Starting a new loco that has a lot of this size for whatnot.

Will buy from Hardinge at $55 / each if necessary but can think of many other things would like to spend best part of $200 on.
by Bill Shields
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coppersmithing a Boiler - Southern Railways Bulleid Pacific
Replies: 43
Views: 8291

Re: Coppersmithing a Boiler - Southern Railways Bulleid Pacific

I am surprised that you did it for $10K...really...especially with the cost of silver / acetylene and copper being what it is / was.

General experience is that if you double the size, the cost goes up by a factor of 10 just for basic materials.
by Bill Shields
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: cylinder cock design from latest live steam mag...
Replies: 73
Views: 13604

Re: cylinder cock design from latest live steam mag...

SAME THING YOU DO if your briefcase with all your backups is stolen....bend over and kiss it goodbye. I am sure there are legal remedies, but in the end...is it worth the hassle and $$$? If it is, then have a safe deposit box with the stuff in it. heck...I have data on old ZIP drives that I have not...

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