I decided to learn about metalworking so I could make parts if unavailable. I bought a mill/drill/lathe combo machine, but soon found out you don't just ... Show morechuck up a hunk of metal and turn out precision parts. Here are a few pics of my first project - a small "hit n miss" stationary engine, with 1/2" bore and 1/2" stroke, made entirely from bar stock metal (OK, I cheated and bought the timing gears and spark plug, but that's it!) At the end, there's a video of the little guy running.
Stationary engines powered most industrial applications during the early 20th century. Many shops used a stationary engine to spin a huge "line shaft" in the middle of the shop, and ran individual belts to working machines. Stationary engines were also used to power oil wells, where they would run for years, sometimes decades. Just keep them greased and pour in some kerosene. Enjoy the video!
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