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by milwiron
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 23212

Re: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?

Please do NOT discredit their use. H Hello Harold, You're simply mistaken. At no time did I discredit the use of any material holding device or system. I have not discouraged the use of soft jaws. I have not used terms like slow and cumbersome as in your post. For the record, Saturday or Sunday I p...
by milwiron
Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 23212

Re: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?

I just realized I'm the jerk who mentioned careers first. I humbly apologize to all.
Denny
by milwiron
Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 23212

Re: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?

Ok yes, I was never a production machinist but I'm pretty sure I have a decent understanding of holding systems and also how to use the tooling shops actually have on hand. Since you insist, in only my vertical & horizontal turning, gear shaping and hobbing experiences: 20,000+ pound forgings in a 5...
by milwiron
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 23212

Re: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?

Cost, precision, registration and the bottom line were factors on the floor in every shop I ever worked in. Never had the luxury of anything else. For a beginning steam machinist with a limited budget, buying and learning to use a 4 jaw efficiently will be much more valuable than sets of soft jaws. ...
by milwiron
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 23212

Re: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?

Yeah. Can you tell me more about this? I probably want to finish all the wheels before I make any axles incase I accidentally bore the axle hole a little too big on some, I can compensate leaving more meat on an axle? Which side of the wheels do you think should be machined first? If your machining...
by milwiron
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trying to decide on a beginner 3/4" locomotive to build.
Replies: 57
Views: 14786

Re: Trying to decide on a beginner 3/4" locomotive to build.

Friends has wheel castings for the Tom Thumb.
Denny
by milwiron
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trying to decide on a beginner 3/4" locomotive to build.
Replies: 57
Views: 14786

Re: Trying to decide on a beginner 3/4" locomotive to build.

Hey Shild,
You've got a good list of four engines with comparable machining requirements. Any one will be a good experience. My humble suggestion would be to build what you want to end up with. You don't want to get half way through a build and wish you had started something else.
Denny
by milwiron
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: I understand castings cost a lot, but why drawings?
Replies: 38
Views: 10500

Re: I understand castings cost a lot, but why drawings?

I was in contact with the gentleman on eBay quite a few months ago with a couple of questions about his cd's. He told me at that time he had permission to reproduce the articles he was selling. He didn't have permission for a Modeltec article I had asked about and couldn't supply it. Maybe he was be...
by milwiron
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 218
Views: 149308

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Top notch all the way, absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Denny
by milwiron
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anyone here go to high lines all over the country?
Replies: 49
Views: 19278

Re: Anyone here go to high lines all over the country?

Thank you John.
Before anyone voices a complaint about any track I suggest you spend at least one summer (after a spring thaw) of weekends working on a club track... especially a high line.
Denny
by milwiron
Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 23212

Re: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?

Agreed with the above post. I have 50 years working in and managing machine shops. I've seen and replaced one worn, not sheared, R8 key. It was beat to death by a giant of a man with no regards to speeds and feeds in a Bridgeport. I would have gladly shown him the door if he hadn't been a friend of ...
by milwiron
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Exposed needle-bearings on inside of axle boxes
Replies: 26
Views: 9765

Re: Exposed needle-bearings on inside of axle boxes

Recessed split collars with felt inserts are an easy retro addition and the felt is easy to replace when it eventually wears. Pipe cleaners can make good bearing protectors and also oil cup filters but make sure the wire in the pipe cleaner can't get caught in your bearing.