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by Bruce_Mowbray
Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question on burner gaskets
Replies: 11
Views: 1557

Re: Question on burner gaskets

I believe Mr Gasket still makes automotive exhaust manifold gasket material available in sheets. Any type of sheet material with "vitamin A" substitute should be ample.
by Bruce_Mowbray
Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Lubricating driving box pedestal slots?
Replies: 5
Views: 1486

Re: Lubricating driving box pedestal slots?

Since dirt and oil make for a nice grinding compund and those non scale, pesky grit particles tend to get jambed in the pedestal slots, I run my boxes without lube on the shoe and wedge faces. The boxes are close to the ground on our models and tend to pick up lots of grit and dust from the track. A...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: How Do I Set Lathe up to Know Where Parts Are?
Replies: 18
Views: 4307

Re: How Do I Set Lathe up to Know Where Parts Are?

I would like to help with some of these questions but I have a few home built machine questions that I do not want to assume the answer to. As Bill mentioned, once the machine screw drives the table and hits the limit switch, then comes back into the encoder tick mark, the machine reads this as the ...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Scribing wood or scribed wood?
Replies: 27
Views: 3717

Re: Scribing wood or scribed wood?

I used a 90 degree countersink in my router to make some v grooved plywood. A simple straight egde jig kept the lines parallel.
by Bruce_Mowbray
Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Garden Safety
Replies: 18
Views: 1918

Re: Garden Safety

With many of our "younger and more educated" local farmers and highway workers wearing full face respirators while spraying anything, I like to follow their practice. Whenever I spray anything designed to kill something, I wear a full face respirator and where spraying might get on my skin, a chemic...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Purpose of Set Screw on Milling Vise?
Replies: 10
Views: 1679

Re: Purpose of Set Screw on Milling Vise?

Should I be worried about working without a chip guard? I put it aside because it hit the way cover when I closed the jaws. The Kurt manual suggests cutting the guard to a shorter length. The chip guard does keep some of the junk from working it's way into the screw and underneath the movable jaw. ...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:44 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 1 inch scale car ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 2008

Re: 1 inch scale car ideas

When I got started in this hobby, I built everything from stuff laying around. My first 1" scale flat car was made from old bed frames and scrap wood. The most expensive parts were Nelson Grey's "economy" trucks and couplers. I know that these trucks may be a bit more expensive today, if they are av...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 132
Views: 47648

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

Ya gotta love American ingenuity!
by Bruce_Mowbray
Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steamtown is hiring...
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Re: Steamtown is hiring...

It's a great job for someone who enjoys working on steam locomotives. If you REALLY know how to do machine work, understand blueprints, weld and fabricate stuff, and, can work with a team, then this is a great opportunity for you. Yes, it can get kind of hot (120+ in the cab) and dirty (boiler washe...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Found a CNC Intro Book Which is Easy to Understand
Replies: 10
Views: 2742

Re: Found a CNC Intro Book Which is Easy to Understand

My 2 cents. It looks like this book assumes that the reader has a CAD/CAM program to generate the "machine readable info". I believe the absolute beginner should learn how to generate his/her own G code to make the mill/lathe move. There is a way to take a hande drawn sketch and translate the shape ...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: aging a flat car deck
Replies: 13
Views: 2253

Re: aging a flat car deck

Don't forget the split boards with huge splinters, moss, tiny trees in the cracks, old nuts and bolts with random pieces and bits of whatever has been carried in the car's past history. A loose piece of chain and/or a couple of odd chain binders should make for a truely "aged" flatcar top.
by Bruce_Mowbray
Sat May 31, 2014 5:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water-jet cut brake shoes - reasonable cost?
Replies: 23
Views: 3787

Re: Water-jet cut brake shoes - reasonable cost?

At $20 per shoe, I would think it would be far less expensive to make them from aluminum, cast iron, or bronze bar stock and have them milled on a CNC mill. This way all sides could be finished, hole drilled and slot put in and even tapered for the wheel surface and a flange hook put on of desired. ...