Parts for my new boiler project which is to be coal fired and is a practice tig welding exercise for further work [ Gordons Clyde Puffer ] . Its mostly 1/8 material so will need plenty of amps although i am using Helium which will make it somewhat easier. The boiler will probably be going in a paddle steamer like the Medway Queen but we shall see later. I have so many projects on the go at once that it might be some time !! Les Breame
there are 2 domes. the former you can see is for the firebox dome . Ibeat the copper over the former with a mallet because spinning 3mm copper even when annealed is very difficult for an amateur who doesnt have very powerful lathe. However i did spin it when finished to take out the wrinkles.!! I had to anneal it about 40 times !!!! Same with the top dome , which was slightly easier because it has no flange at the bottom. The 2 pictures are different boilers, the left one has no domes as i wanted to make it quickly. The flue is the fire hole as well and the boiler is the same design as in my experimental coal fired outboard turbine boat which you can view on VIDEO GALLERY. Scroll down till you find it. Regards Les
hi Les this is the spinning lathe we have in the work i dont work on the tools anymore (management role)so can only get down now and again to keep my hand in there is also a picture of the tooling and the hammers I built up over the years before handing them over to a younger guy ,I will take some pictures of the bigger metalwork shop the lathe and other tools are in the silversmith area but we use a lot of copper as its cheaper to make mistakes with .
hi Les ,loved the coal fired outboard will see if my brother still has the film of the pulse jet engine we built years ago after watching scrapheap challenge it was welded construction from steam pipe and bends a spark plug and a hoover as a blower and nearly burnt the shed down the noise was unbeleavable it sounded like a buzbomb it stood about 2ft high and went red hot in minutes if I remember correctly it was welded to a 200lb anvil to keep it still
nice lathe and tidy workshop....better than mine !!! the pulse jet sounds fun, i had better have a go at that when my other projects are finished [never probably !! how can anyone ever be bored !!]. Regards Les Breame