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    ...but how to cast without the electric furnace ready?

    Clearly you should finish those great patterns you're making and then see if you have time to finish the furnace and if you have time to cast... lol... read that the opposite way!
    I found that trying to find what I need and then make it work with what I have, is more trouble than designing what I want and doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _3D_ View Post
    ...but how to cast without the electric furnace ready?

    Clearly you should finish those great patterns you're making and then see if you have time to finish the furnace and if you have time to cast... lol... read that the opposite way!
    If I read it the opposite way I hear YODA!!!!

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    just about finished the cross head pattern today, just have a little blending to do and fix a couple of spots that tore out. I sould have made it in maple pine sucks!
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    just throwing up another pic of the patterns split.
    crossheadsplit 002.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidF View Post
    just throwing up another pic of the patterns split.
    I know I haven't made much commentary on this thread - I'm very impressed. Pattern making is by far my favorite part of this craft.

    I'm very much enjoying your post and pictures, please keep them coming!
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    Thanks SF, to be honest with you pattern making is my least favorite thing in this craft. Id much rather be melting and pouring, but ingots get booring real quick. My favorite thing to do is to look at what I have made in the end and say "yea I did that". Dont we all
    Im still learning ways to do things, and not to do things, experementing as I go. Maybe one day Ill have the balls to say im a pattern maker, but not quite yet LOL.

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    Dint get much done this week, been sick with a cold and really didnt feel like doing much. Yesterday I invested in some pattern making plywood from wood craft and decided to spend a little time milling out the next pattern. Still have to glue up some more wood for turning in the lathe to make the radius on the ends. which will also have to be split in 4 pcs for gluing to the main ply body. Hopefully I can finish it up this week. Any way hers a couple of pics....
    mainbrghold 002.jpgmainbrghold 003.jpgmainbrghold 001.jpg

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    Are you building the complete Locomobile or just the engine?

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    Great work!

    Speaking of Locomobile/Stanley - check this Stanley EX build out!


    http://www.stanleysteamers.com/rolly.htm

    Checkout the drawings to go with it.

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    Im building the engine for now then ill figure out what to do with it. My first thoughts are to put it onto a 3 wheeled bike, but i change my mind like the weather.
    I have seen Rollys ex build and am really impressed with his work, you never know I may go this route too. But first things first, I need to get the engine built, then decide.

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