Steam Engine Update

After much deliberation and driving myself nuts about the amount of steam needed to run a dual cylinder design, and trying to figure out how to make a mold for the O&S, I decided that I would just take a bunch of designs and piece them all together into a single design. I am going with a 3″ bore, 2 1/2″ stroke (faster engine but slightly less torque), and I decided not to do the box frame. I figured if Im going to make the engine, Im going to make it completely how I want it, and give me a good size and everything for building the O&S. I made it into an oversquare engine mainly due to a slight miscalculation in the patterns, but it works out better this way anyhow.

The part on the corebox is a pattern for the piston, which will be turned down to 1/2″ thick, that should easily give me enough room for two piston rings. I added a ruler next to the base pattern to show the size of it.


Soule Steam Festival Day2

Soule Steam Festival Day1

Neva-Clog Model S100 Stapling Pliers

American Stationer

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Arguably one of the most successful stapler designs ever, today’s vintage item is the Neva-Clog model S100 plier stapler. Billed throughout the 1930’s as the “first successful portable fastening device ever made”, the model S100 was an extremely high-quality fastener that was widely used in many industries and not just in an office setting. There are many examples of these being used in shops, farms, leather-working, florists, shipping rooms and such which showcases their utility and durability.

The model S100 measures 7.125″ L x 0.875″ W x 4″ H and weighs 10 ounces empty. It is made of polished steel with not a speck of plastic anywhere to be found. It uses special-sized A1000 or L1000 Neva-Clog staples.

A1000 Staples sm wm front and rear views of box of A1000 staples

The S100 was one of the successors to the model 100 which was made from approximately 1926 until 1936. The model 100 was…

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Algonquin Mill Festival 2016

Jim builds a metal lathe!

If you delve deep enough into the dark corners of DIY and metalworking websites, you’ll come across a name that’s either treated with hushed reverence, or outright derision, with very l…

Source: Jim builds a metal lathe!

Makerfaire 2015

here’s what pics from this year’s world makerfaire, taken on my phone/camera.

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I didnt get to take many pics this year, but as you can see the ones I did get, it was still alot of fun. Other person with me took most of the pics this year.

Restore youtube video player to old player

For a while now, Ive been trying to get the old youtube player back because the new one is extremely memory intensive on all browsers and causes freezes, constant crashes, (firefox crashed 10x+ times within an hour when trying to switch between videos and tabs on youtube).

I finally figured out that the problem isnt with youtube, but with thier new HTML5 player that they’re trying to push out, the old flash based player still works fine if you can enable it. Here’s a plugin to enable it so you get the old, fast, non glitchy video player back.

Just install it, it’ll reload all youtube pages automatically and enable only the flash player from then on. Havnt had a single problem with freezing or crashing since.

Diamond sandwich makes metallic hydrogen

Light Years

Hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, is commonly found as a clear gas. But squish some hydrogen with an enormous amount of pressure and it will turn into a metal, according to researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany.

Chemists Mikhail Eremets and Ivan Troyan sandwiched hydrogen between two diamonds and compressed it while carefully monitoring the atoms with a set of lasers and electrodes. To apply the pressure, they used a diamond anvil, which is similar to the machines that crush coal with so much force that it turns into artificial diamonds.

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Updates/harbor freight 90 amp flux core welder review

Well, the furnace is put away for winter due to it being so cold/rainy/damp out all of the time, and the sand is frozen almost solid, so you cant really cast anything atm. I finally got a little welder, a little 90 amp flux core welder from harbor freight. It’s actually a really nice welder, but there’s two things Ive noticed so far with it, one, the hose tends to want to droop down where it’s coming out of the welder itself, so it tends to bind the stuff and it causes it to jam a little bit, just put a piece of angle iron or something under it to prop it up, and your good to go. Second, the wire that comes with it, it really sucks, it spatters alot everywhere and doesnt want to stick to stuff for crap, normal stuff, there’s alot less to no spatter usually, and it sticks really well, so less waste trying to create large pools to get stuff to weld together.

I was needing a perfect blower for my furnace, but everything I found was either too underpowered, or too overpowered, which would not create enough air, or creates too much air and about blew out the flames inside of the furnace. After looking around, I found this little 12v wet/dry shopvac that you plug into your cigarette lighter, and I took it home and modified it a little by removing the sock that acts as a filter, so it could get more airflow, and added a pwm controller to it that I use to control the speed of the thing very precisely, so I can control the airflow perfectly to where I need it, and since it’s 12v, I just run it from an old lawnmower battery that I found laying around. The pwm circuit drops the current draw alot, so even after running the little shopvac for hours testing various things, it didnt drain the battery even the slightest.

The newest endeavour is a little water torch/HHO torch that I plan on using to weld stuff together and braze stuff that the mig welder is just overkill for. I managed to collect all of the parts needed including the stainless steel plates and such, but still am having issues with leaking and such, so I will probably take all of the containers and such and toss them, and put everything in pvc pipes with screw on endcaps so everything is more secure.