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Hardware Store Steam Engine full instructionsby kcbford1 on February 19, 2011 Table of Contents Hardware Store Steam Engine full instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: Hardware Store Steam Engine full instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 1: Base and Flywheel Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 2: Flywheel and Crank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 3: Cylinder and Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 4: Piston and rod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 4 5 7 9

Step 5: Valve Holes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Step 6: Pivot Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Step 7: Clean and Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Step 8: Trim base and Paint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Step 9: How i took my video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Author:kcbford1Hello my name is Kyle, I am 23 years old but still take things apart as I did at age 10. I work for Spirit AeroSystems as a team leader on the 787 41 section. I got married on October 9th 2010, and now have baby boy due in july 2011! My interests are: Electronics Auto work Bicycles (Mostly gas Powered) Woodworking Astronomy Science Technology My Favorite podcast: Skeptics Guide To The Universe Astronomy Cast Bad Astronomy NPR Programs MakeZine

Intro: Hardware Store Steam Engine full instructionsHello, after uploading the following http://www.instructables.com/id/Hardware-Store-Steam-Engines-no-machining-require/ .......... I was flooded with emails to make another and submit a full Instructable. So..here it is! This is a steam engine that requires no machining of parts, and everything you need you can buy at a hardware store. I made two of these about 2 years ago but I didnt take any pictures of the build. So this is my third one, I built it this morning. What you will need: brass test plug .625 O.D.(piston) http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/Rod-Stock-2ABJ4?Pid=search copper repair coupling 12 stick (cylinder and other components) copper pipe. copper cap 2 Qty copper line Wood for a base Epoxy 3/16 brass rod (connecting rod) 5/16 bolt and Nut to fit 3/16 steel rod Caster wheel (flywheel) Miscellaneous hardware as needed

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Step 1: Base and Flywheel Stand1) Cut out your base, leave it plenty big you can always trim it up later. 2) Now you need to pull the caster wheel out of its bracket assembly. you dont have to cut a relief in the base for the flywheel to sit beyond flush, I just like it because it keeps the center of gravity low. 3) Cut out two posts from the copper pipe for the fly wheel stand. Drill two pilot holes in the post (leave under size, will ream full size once post are cured to the base) 4) Drill two 5/8 holes in base for flywheel stand. 5) Mix two part epoxy and bond the post to the base, put a rod through the pilot holes and make sure rod is set perpendicular to the base as the epoxy cures.

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Step 2: Flywheel and Crank1) After cured, ream flywheel post to 5/16, deburr 2) Cut your 5/16 bolt to length. Run nut down to the bolt shank, then cut off threads flush with nut. 3) Weld a length of steel rod thats bent to an L to the nut 4) Center flywheel, then drill a hole through the flywheel and bolt for the pin. 5) Slip bolt through first post, slip flywheel on bolt, push bolt in, set fly wheel pin, and thread on the nut (crank)

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Step 3: Cylinder and Stand1) Cut the cylinder to 3 length ( repair pipe) 2) Cut the pivot pipe to the same length ( pipe) 3) On this engine you see that the pivot is closer to the flywheel, I didnt like how the engine was balanced after I was done, I suggest soldering it right in the middle of the cylinders length. 4) Solder the cap and the air line to the end of the cylinder 5) Cut 2 post for the cylinder pivot stand. 6) Solder a 3 length of repair pipe to the two stand posts.

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Step 4: Piston and rod1) You can make your piston from 5/8 brass stock or find a solid brass test plug, 2) Drill a 3/16 hole through the center of the piston and insert the 3/16 brass rod, solder. 3) Cut to length and solder on a fitting (second photo) to connect to the crank shaft.

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Step 5: Valve Holes1) With motor assembled rotate crank up and drill a 3/32 hole through both pipes, rotate all the way down and drill another hole about an 1.5 away to prevent air escapement. 2) Take apart and deburr. 3) Solder a length of tube over the holes you just drilled.

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Step 6: Pivot Cap1) Plug the inner pivot pipe with a brass plug about .5 inches in. 2) Cut off excess, leave about an inch, slide cap on and drill hole,

Step 7: Clean and Run1) Take it all apart and clean very well. 2) Oil up all moving parts 3) Apply air to one of the inlets. And get it a spin. If you apply air to the other inlet it will run in reverse.

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Step 8: Trim base and PaintNow paint it and bring it in to the living room for decoration, your wife will apreciate it!!!

Step 9: How i took my videoVise camera stand

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nolte919 says:

Mar 16, 2011. 8:44 PM REPLY Regarding the hole between the 1/4" tubing and cylinder wall. Did you drill a hole in each and then line them up and solder the whole thing together? Or did you somehow solder it first and then drill through both at the same time? Mar 12, 2011. 9:13 AM REPLY whatever you do, don't go to ace for anything! that place sucks. the only helpful thing i could find is the castor(10 fricken dollars!) and a push button switch(7 dollars) for another project. i will never go there again!

myakka says:

itsthatsguy says:

Mar 12, 2011. 7:06 PM REPLY sounds like your ace sucks, mines pretty awesome they had every part i needed and there are 2 employees that help me out in particular (were freind now) and theyre always very helpful not just on the parts but with ideas too.

myakka says:could you mold a piston from some epoxy and some pipe that matches the the power cylinder?

Mar 12, 2011. 6:36 AM REPLY

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