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by thunderskunk
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?
Replies: 23
Views: 496

Re: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?

A few toolmakers I’ve worked with have the mills turned 30 degrees or so. Never really ran into the wall, and if we had extra long parts it actually made more room sticking it out into the middle of the shop rather than into the machine next to it. A bit more beneficial for having several machines i...
by thunderskunk
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 0-6-0 L9 Switcher, differences
Replies: 20
Views: 2300

Re: 0-6-0 L9 Switcher, differences

Bumping my old post. I am still drawing parts for this 0-6-0 in 12" gage(2" scale) as I have a few minutes here and there, what would I want to do/use for the "petticoat" for this? I pretty much have the linkage figured out, and looking at a 2-3/4" bore, 5-1/4" stroke inside 6" long cylinders. When...
by thunderskunk
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Driver machining order
Replies: 15
Views: 600

Re: Driver machining order

Definitely several ways to skin this cat, which sounds good. I do remember seeing talk about the bend in a Bridgeport table. I’ve only ran into one project that it caused an issue on, and it wasn’t too hard to work around anyways. My boring head is an absolute piece of junk; if you want it to adjust...
by thunderskunk
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Driver machining order
Replies: 15
Views: 600

Driver machining order

Hello!

Real quick; For a driver wheel, do you drill the axle and crank holes on a mill, then mount the casting on an arbor to cut the flange or do you cut the flange and drill the axle hole on the lathe then drill the crank hole on a mill?
by thunderskunk
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler design for Propane
Replies: 36
Views: 7796

Re: Boiler design for Propane

Great thread, gonna need to read through it a few times I think.

What about the grate and ash-pan for propane fired boilers? Do you just put louvers where the grate would be for air flow control and forego the ash-pan?
by thunderskunk
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which end mill to use
Replies: 25
Views: 3385

Re: Which end mill to use

https://www.maritool.com/Cutting-Tools-End-Mills-Roughers-3-Flute-Carbide-45-deg-Helix/c78_79_93_198/p18035/1/4-dia-3-Flute-High-Helix-Carbide-Rougher-X-.500-LOC/product_info.html Roughing end mills are a lot more forgiving feed/ speed wise (In my humble opinion, feel free to interject), and if you ...
by thunderskunk
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: linkage pin material
Replies: 5
Views: 2055

linkage pin material

Hey folks, What material do you use for the pins connecting linkages, rods, and such? I was thinking of cheating and buying some gage pins since they're already hardened. They're tough to work with, but not impossible. Grind off the ends, drill and tap through, then loctite some castle-nut looking b...
by thunderskunk
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Wallis and Steevens Road Roller Castings ****SOLD****
Replies: 7
Views: 1757

Re: Wallis and Steevens Road Roller Castings

That thing looks awesome! I’ve got enough projects to stay busy myself, but the prototype looks like a industrial era rat rod
by thunderskunk
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines 1" line of engines
Replies: 33
Views: 7717

Little engines 1" line of engines

I don’t disagree; Honesty is a better all around policy over unfounded promises and a lack of proper updates. I read the other thread too, and it seems like this is a different subject entirely. This isn’t a product that’s promised, it’s new development. Hopefully nobody has made big claims to bring...
by thunderskunk
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Museums, Factories, Etc.
Topic: GoFundMe: Help move Long Island RR caboose #29
Replies: 5
Views: 1939

Re: GoFundMe: Help move Long Island RR caboose #29

Any clues where it’s going to end up?

The Valley Railroad just did a superb job restoring an NH caboose.
by thunderskunk
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Syil Machines
Replies: 15
Views: 3773

Re: Syil Machines

A standard robodrill from Fanuc starts at 60k new, and they have an eco model that’s even cheaper. That mill runs circles around even more expensive counterparts, especially Haas.

If conversational is the goal, Fryer or a Southwestern Trak machine are the way to go, so the toolmaker says.
by thunderskunk
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please plan ahead
Replies: 24
Views: 4619

Re: Please plan ahead

It’s weird how close you get to the suppliers on this forum, I guess I’m still getting used to it. A machine my company just purchased was listed at 55k for a few years, and they offered it at a bargain price of 45k to us. We declined and waited for it to go to auction; came off at 24k with another ...