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by rkcarguy
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 9653

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

The compound slide arrived today seemingly un-damaged by what looks like a heck of a journey by the remains of the box it was in. It has some end play in the crank handle, but the screw itself is nice and tight in the nut and moves smoothly so I'm guessing this is simple enough to adjust or shim? Al...
by rkcarguy
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: shipping engines
Replies: 14
Views: 2038

Re: shipping engines

^^^For international shipments they will want no wood being used, or some countries, the USA included, will allow the use of heat treated wood and you will have to fill out a USDA declaration stating such before your shipment will be allowed to clear customs. You can see on some pallets that they ha...
by rkcarguy
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Laser cut turnout stands, kit or assembled ****SOLD OUT**** (more coming)
Replies: 16
Views: 5613

Re: Laser cut turnout stands, kit or assembled ****SOLD OUT**** (more coming)

Just wanted to provide an update on these and also ask for some feedback from potential and repeat buyers as I've received numerous inquiries for more of these. My workplace is not willing to do the shipping/packaging, or purchasing of the bushings and springs, but will supply me the laser cut parts...
by rkcarguy
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 9653

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

Greg, before I started drawing my lathe I viewed a lot of other home made lathes online and many "Gingery" lathes came up in my search. Now I understand why lol. My design is quite similar, but I'm not being afraid of weight and am using steel for most everything. Cast aluminum just isn't stout enou...
by rkcarguy
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 9653

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

It's a simple yet beefy square way design from 3/4" plate. I'm planning to mill it after it's attached to the tube and then smooth it with a stone/oil. I usually have to do some test cuts and play with speed and feeds a little, but can get a nice enough finish that it doesn't take much to clean it up.
by rkcarguy
Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 9653

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

Hey, I have a question for you guys. Should I lay some bearing bronze sheet (or even some aluminum) under the carriage as a way bearing material or just give it a "fish scale" finish to hold oil and run it steel on steel?
by rkcarguy
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: 5C collet chuck
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: 5C collet chuck

Great thank you! I wasn't searching for the right thing and kept having cam lock versions come up. "Plain back" was the key. I'm wanting to turn wheelsets by putting a live center in one end and the other end in a 5C collet with a drive dog bolt in the wheel so it won't spin in the collet, probably ...
by rkcarguy
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: 5C collet chuck
Replies: 3
Views: 626

5C collet chuck

I'm looking for a simple 5C collet chuck/holder that I could bolt onto a faceplate and turn a step in the faceplate so it would center on the step. Does anyone make anything like this or am I stuck making my own?
by rkcarguy
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 9653

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

Yes I did, drew it all up in Autocad. It's mainly heavy tube steel and plate. Plates are laser cut parts, some cut oversize to leave meat for machining as needed. The parts actually got laser cut today, and I've been working on the head at home. Just need to drill the clearance hole for the spindle ...
by rkcarguy
Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 9653

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

So I have the carriage and cross slide parts in the laser cutting "queue" but have been holding off on the compound rest (for a month ugh) hoping I could find a suitable used one instead of machining one. Ebay hadn't produced anything of good value, lots of smaller ones with broken handles, damaged ...
by rkcarguy
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Verifying Blast nozzle height
Replies: 28
Views: 2905

Re: Verifying Blast nozzle height

That would be sweet, I'll be waiting to see some pictures of that!
by rkcarguy
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Do wheels have to be cast iron?
Replies: 15
Views: 1950

Re: Do wheels have to be cast iron?

There are several places that water jet thick plates, we've ordered some in 1-1/2" and 2" stainless, but you have to get your wallet out. It's typically when there can't be any warping when we order water jet cut parts. Can also have the center pieces laser cut from 3/4" or 1" plate WITH the spokes ...