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by rexcsmith
Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 10 Wheeler
Replies: 22
Views: 4941

10 Wheeler

Hi; I was on this board months ago trying to get started. Fortunately, I connected with a Portlander on this list who has been helping me along. Thought I should reconnect with the board though to keep up with what others are doing. I'm building a 10 Wheeler from Allen Models plans. I'm machining al...
by rexcsmith
Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A3 vs Connor Beam vs Raritan
Replies: 25
Views: 4378

Re: A3 vs Connor Beam vs Raritan

I have just gone through the 1st locomotive question myself. I was going to build a 3/4" A3, but when I started cutting the wheels, I thought... "hmm, that's little small". Then I decided to do a 1 1/2" A3. Before I got started on it, I talked to another train guy here in Portland who had built the ...
by rexcsmith
Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Tormach Rigidity
Replies: 7
Views: 5395

Re: Tormach Rigidity

After a lot of experimenting, I'm a little more knowledgable about what my RF 45 will do. For sure, no 3/4" cutters on steel. The machine dances the jig with those. It also doesn't care for cutters with inserts. I have a 1/2" 1 flute insert cutter, and it chatters like mad if you try to go down more...
by rexcsmith
Sun Oct 25, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Tormach Rigidity
Replies: 7
Views: 5395

Re: Tormach Rigidity

Regarding my question about the 3/4" end mill. It's mainly what I've become accustomed to using with my home brew CNC RF45. It cuts through aluminum like butter. I've been doing mostly aluminum, but now I need to do some steel. The 3/4" end mill shakes the machine in steel. That's why I was wonderin...
by rexcsmith
Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Tormach Rigidity
Replies: 7
Views: 5395

Tormach Rigidity

I'm looking at the Tormach 1100. I'm wondering how it does at cutting steel. I've found videos that are impressive when cutting aluminum, but nothing to do with cutting steel. I'm wondering if the machine is rigid enough to use a 3/4" cutter on mild steel? I'm a little disappointed the machine only ...
by rexcsmith
Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Engine Plans
Replies: 26
Views: 4887

Re: Steam Engine Plans

Got it. I'm sure I don't want to engineer a design right now. I just want to build one and learn the techniques. That said, I was at the Pacific Northwest Train Park in Molalla today and met Larry Anderson. Someone on this board suggested I meet him. What a great suggestion. He took me into the roun...
by rexcsmith
Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Engine Plans
Replies: 26
Views: 4887

Re: Steam Engine Plans

When you say drawing collections, do you mean plans? rex
by rexcsmith
Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Engine Plans
Replies: 26
Views: 4887

Re: Steam Engine Plans

Likely so, but I don't know any better right now. :)
A book I'm really enjoying is "Superpower" by David Weitzman. The story is fun and informative and the drawings are amazing.
rex
by rexcsmith
Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New Shay or A3
Replies: 34
Views: 5901

Re: New Shay or A3

I already do oxy and MIG. Bought a TIG awhile back and haven't had the time to master it yet. I can do thicker metals with it, but struggle with sheet metal. A little coordination problem between the hand and the foot that needs to be worked out.
by rexcsmith
Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New Shay or A3
Replies: 34
Views: 5901

Re: New Shay or A3

FLSTEAM wrote::D

Rex, I vote for the Shay........I think you should build it in 2 1/2" scale

John B
John you mean 1 1/2" scale don't you? Rex
by rexcsmith
Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New Shay or A3
Replies: 34
Views: 5901

Re: New Shay or A3

Dave, Do you have 3/4" tracks back there? Thanks for the input. Although I've bought the steel for the A3 tender wheels, I'm still thinking of doing the Shay instead. My new lathe will be here next week, so time to decide. rex
by rexcsmith
Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Engine Plans
Replies: 26
Views: 4887

Re: Steam Engine Plans

I've been reading it; very interesting book.