Steam Engine

A project log for Reviving a Shoptask 1720 XMTC Gold 3-in-1

This thought project is notes on reviving my 1998 Shoptask 1720 XMTC Gold late-mill-drill

Alastair YoungAlastair Young 12/03/2020 at 04:330 Comments

Most of the recent machine upgrade activity has been in the stand upgrade sub-project in which I modified the stand to include under-machine tool storage and added chip catching metalwork. The machine is now out from the wall and turned around and I made myself a nice big workbench. The usability of the machine and space is radically improved by all this so I was inspired to actually build something - a PM Research model steam engine kit. This was also inspired by two YouTubers who are building the same kit. Blondihacks (a hobbyist with limited space who somewhat learns as she goes) and Joe Pieczynski (a professional machinist with years of training and experience whose professional pride just can't bear the fact that new hobbyists are relying on other hobbyists on YouTube for how to do things). I recommend both the kit and both YouTube series. In practice there is stuff to be learned from both. 

Photos of my steam engine build.

Drilling the oil feed holes on the bearing caps
Drilling the mounting holes in the bearing caps