Monday, June 1, 2009

Pedal Grinder

A hundred years ago very worthwhile piece of equipment for a farmer to own was a pedal grinder. It could be use to sharpen everything needing sharpening from sickle blades to butcher knives. When my grandfather Sorenson passed away, I was fortunate enough to inherit his grinder. He use to keep it out in the yard under the apple tree, and all us kids use to take turns pedaling it. It seemed worthy to build a model of, and so just yesterday I completed a 1/8th scale model of it.

Wooden Lock

A couple weeks ago I completed a working lock, built entirely out of wood and glue, for no reason other than just doing it.

Fill In Engine

I had a desire for some kind of different project, and I happened across a web site in England that had instructions for building a little hand cranked box organ. After watching and listening to a number of videos of various ones playing, I placed an order for a set of instructions. But as anyone knows who has ordered anything from across the ocean, it takes time to get here. So while I was waiting I put together this little vertical engine. It did not take much because I was able to use a left over steam cylinder from the steam shovel and the flywheel is a spare belt pulley from the sawmill. It is intriguing, because it has rather different straight line motion linkage that eliminates the need for a cross head guide. The timing was perfect, I completed it march 4th just as my package from England arrived.
The organ was finished about the first of May, but that is another story, and hopefully a video of it will get posted one of these days.

"Fancy Calipers"

One day while looking through an 1897 issue of the Sears Roebuck catalog I ran across a listing for some fancy calipers. They looked pretty handy and the price seemed very reasonable at 8 cents, but Sears, for some reason would not honor the order. Perhaps that catalog was too far out of date. Rather than go without I proceeded to make a pair of my own. I finished them February 22, and I was pleasantly surprised how well they work. Those "old timers" knew what they were doing!

Tool Post Grinder

When building the Gator gun in January I took an old 3/8" worn reamer and ground it down to .360 diameter so I could ream the barrel to 36 caliber. To grind it down I rigged a die grinder to the lathe tool post. It got the job done, but the setup was a little less than satisfactory, so that prompted building a solid tool post grinder of my own design. It was constructed almost entirely of on hand materials, except I did salvage a motor and speed control from a little Harbor Freight grinder. It was completed February 4th.

January was a busy month

After being under construction for 10 weeks, on January 9th 2009, a half scale model of a Winchester Model 1892 was completed. It is fully functional, just like a full sized one, except it cannot be shot because there are no bullets commercially available that will work in it. This is the same model as so often was used in John Wayne and Chuck Connors movies.

On January 21 a rather whimsical under hammer muzzle loading pistol was completed. I call it my Gator Gun, and by golly it has proved to be pretty effective. I have not seen a single Gator in the whole county since it was finished

The month was finished up on the 29th of January by completing a mini .22 caliber revolver. It is fully functional, but it was decommissioned so that it will not shoot bullets. I did not want to take a chance of someone getting hurt with it.