Archive for July, 2010

27 Jul, 2010

Boxford Strip Down and Re-build

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

After 6 months now using the Boxford, I`ve decided along with advice of friends and other model engineers that I`m going to stick with this lathe and for the reason I`m investing the next few weeks in refurbishing it to a former glory. I`ve not much money to spend on it but all it should [...]

My last three attempts at wheel cutting have been a steep learning curve. Not centring the cutter, not tightening the wheel, cutter not sharp enough….. A friend over on the Madmodder Forums offered to lend me a hand and so I visited his workshop and managed to make a multi-tooth cutter and cut a wheel. [...]

21 Jul, 2010

LTD Stirling Engine – Part 2

Posted by: Raynerd In: LTD Stirling Engine

Still pushing on with this, I have now cut a new cylinder to size and with a better finish from a 16mm OD test-tube with 14mm ID. This is the graphite piston to a perfect polished fit. This is the first time working with graphite and I`m very impressed with the fit! Wasn`t quite finished [...]

17 Jul, 2010

LTD Stirling Engine

Posted by: Raynerd In: LTD Stirling Engine

I made an attempt at an LTD Stirling Engine several months ago and failed quite miserably. I know these things are temperamental but after my first attempt I did have quite a few ideas for improvements…nothing new, things that people have already been doing but stuff that I ignored! So over the last few months [...]


  • Steve Richardson: Pretty cool stuff! I work with some real talented machinists and they are gonna dig your website!
  • Mike: Hi.where did you purchase the plate from. Been looking for a good stockist. I love your idea and would like to make one for my boxford. Also, sorry
  • Don bath: Thanks for the reply,currently I am making the escape wheel arbour and back cock plate ready for the next phase of testing .Your comments regarding th

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