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OLD TIME STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP
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Published on Jun 12, 2015
This and other videos on my channel are intended to demonstrate how industry, particularly a machine shop would have operated under steam power and flat belted line shafts in the early 1900s. I welcome any comments, questions or discussion.
 

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OLD TIME STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 2
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Published on Jun 26, 2015
The second in a series demonstrating how small industry and machine shops operated under steam with flat belt line shaft power transmission.
 

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That was great. I never realized Scorpios' shop was so modern. :winks2:


OLD TIME STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP
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Published on Jun 12, 2015
This and other videos on my channel are intended to demonstrate how industry, particularly a machine shop would have operated under steam power and flat belted line shafts in the early 1900s. I welcome any comments, questions or discussion.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 3 1/2 The Engine
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Published on Nov 14, 2015
One of a series showing how a 1920s line shaft driven, steam powered machine shop would have been operated and maintained. It's probably the only revenue generating steam powered shop in the U.S. Discussion, comments and questions about vintage machine work, old machines, and steam power are always welcome here. Thanks for watching.....Dave
 

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OLD TIME STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 4
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Published on Aug 13, 2015
Fourth is a series from a steam powered antique machine shop created to depict operations and techniques of a 1925 line shaft shop. I welcome your comments, suggestions and questions.
 

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OLD TIME STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 5 Frick Valve Rod
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Published on Aug 19, 2015
Fifth in a series of videos (except for #3 which was accidentally lost in cyberspace for ever, maybe you saw it before it vaporized). The shop was created to demonstrate the early machining techniques on machines built before 1925 and power transmission by flat leather belts and line shaft under steam power.
 

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And it will go another 100 years, nothing made in China.

I also realized the tool set my first wife bought me as a wedding gift last century is now almost an antique. My Craftsman wet/dry vacuum is still going strong too made in USA circa 1992.
 

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OLD TIME STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 6
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Published on Sep 25, 2015
Number 6 in a series of videos created to demonstrate how machine shop work was done in the 1920's powered by flat belt line shafts, leather belts and steam power. All comments and discussion of old techniques are welcome.
 

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Now you know where all those buffalo hides went.


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We have a couple of guys on island that have shops as such. All period tooling and techniques from the 19 century.

They have been commissioned to making parts for old steam engines that the Navy built in 1886 for their ships for some rich eccentric in the South.

They even do their own bronze/brass casting here and then hand lap objects down to they micromiter.

Pretty amazing stuff. I'll try and get some pics, because ther is no way I could describe how cool this is.

They use electric though.
 

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OLD TIME STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 7
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Published on Oct 16, 2015
Video #7 in a series of my steam powered line shaft driven machine shop built to depict a small job shop of 1925. Fueled with junk wood, scrap, occasionally some soft coal and rain water from the roof. Work done here is for myself and a few patient customers.
 

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OLD TIME STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 8
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Published on Nov 27, 2015
The 8th video in a series to demonstrate what a small job machine shop of the early 1920s might have been like under steam power. All comments and discussion about line shaft drive, steam engines and the like are always welcome.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 9
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Published on Jan 24, 2016
Number 9 in a series of videos of a 1925 steam powered machine shop, in which I intend to demonstrate how steam power and flat belt line shaft drives were used in early industry. Comments, stories ,suggestions always welcome. Check my g+ page on the channel header to see what's going on in the shop.
 

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Some Amish still use shaft drives powered by treadmills or compressed air.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 10
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Published on Mar 1, 2016
Video No. 10 in a series created to demonstrate how steam power and line shafts with flat leather belting was used to run a typical 1925 small job machine shop. I do work in this shop for local customers and in connection with my modern engine shop. Comments and discussion about steam power, machines and shop work are always welcome here. Check the g+ page for what's going on in the shop.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 11 Getting Back To Work
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Published on Jun 5, 2016
This is video #11 in a series, made in my shop to demonstrate how a small 1925 "job shop" would have operated under steam power. Check my channel and "G+" pages to see what's going on in the shop. Your comments, questions and discussion about steam power or early machine work is always welcome. Hope you enjoy it, there's always something interesting on you tube.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 12 Building a steam engine
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Published on Jul 22, 2016
Number 12 in a series of videos I created to show what a small 1926 steam powered "job" machine shop would have been like. Calvin Coolidge was president, most non-city folks had no electricity, Air mail routes were being set up and flown with open cockpit bi-planes, and Ford had introduced it's improved Model "T". Discussion about steam power, vintage machine shop, and line shaft systems always welcome here. Please check my "g+" page from the channel header, to see what's going on in the shop. Pioneers by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 13 Making some gears
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Published on Aug 21, 2016
This is the number 13 video in a series showing what a small steam powered job shop might be like in the target year of 1925. A time when most people didn't have electricity or even indoor plumbing in their homes. Water for livestock was pumped by windmills and horse & buggies out numbered autos on most streets. Machinists used steel rules, calipers and "feel". Comments, questions and discussion are always welcome here. Please check my G+ page (on the channel header) to see what's new in the shop.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 14 Steam engine crankshaft
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Published on Sep 24, 2016
This is number 14 in a series of videos I created in my shop to depict how work might have been done in a 1925 steam powered small job shop in "up-state" New York, under steam power. All comments on steam power, old type machine work, line shaft operation and the such, are always welcome. If you try to imagine a time when Ford was cranking out Model Ts by the thousands and we wouldn't see model As for a few more years, horses, buggys and wooden wagons were a major part of transportation and most small industry was still powered by water wheels or steam , you get the picture. Pioneers by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 15 Pouring the mains
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Published on Nov 27, 2016
This is Number 15 in a series of videos that I created in my shop to depict how things were done in the target year of 1925. This one concerns the re-pouring of babbitt main bearings on a vertical stationary steam engine that is being overhauled in the shop under steam power. Your comments, discussion, or questions about line shaft , steam power and machine work are always welcome...Dave
 
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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 16 Align boring the mains
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Published on Nov 3, 2016
This is a series of videos I created in my shop to depict what might have been happening in a small steam powered job machine shop in a small town anywhere in the United States in 1925. The year that Ford started production on a very "advanced" airline transport plane, the Ford Tri-motor. Charles Linbergh was planning the first first trans-atlantic flight that would happen two years later. The shop project is an early 1900 vertical steam engine, which will be completely rebuilt on this channel. In this installment, the newly re-poured main bearings are align bored to fit the crankshaft. All comments, questions and discussion about steam power, old machine shop practices, and line shaft/ belt power are welcome here. Thanks for your interest and comments. You can check my g+ page (on the channel header) for news and things going on in the shop. Thanks....Dave
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 17
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Published on Nov 17, 2016
This is video #17 in a series made in my shop to show how things might have been done in a small shop. The power is steam, target date is 1925 when steam ran nearly all industry and railroads. Hope you enjoy it. All comments, questions and discussion about old machines and machine work, line shaft power transmission, and steam power are ALWAYS welcome....Dave
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 18 Progress on the steam engine
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Published on Dec 6, 2016
Video 18 in a series showing how things were done in a 1925 machine shop under steam power. This installment continues with remachining parts to rebuild the 1910 Morris Machine Works vertical steam engine.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 19 Winter break
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Published on Jan 23, 2017
This channel is dedicated to preserving the feel of early steam industrial power, rebuilding machinery and stationary steam engines in my 1925 steam powered machine shop. Don't forget to check my G+ page now and then for news. Comments and discussion on steam, line shafts, vintage machine shop techniques, and machines are always welcome.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 20 Rebuilding the Pickering Governor
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Published on Mar 2, 2017
This is number 20 in a series of videos I created in my shop, trying to recreate the feel of a small job machine shop of the 1920s run with line shaft belts and steam power. On winter break in Florida, in this video covers the rebuilding of a 1" Pickering governor that will be installed on a steam engine I am rebuilding in the NY shop (see other videos) and hope to finish and run this summer. Thanks for subscribing, commenting, or following my G+ page where I put up shop news, photos and other items I think would contribute to the purpose of this channel. Thanks, Dave
 

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I'm exhausted just imagining all the maintenance involved, compared to electric drive!
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 21
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Published on Apr 26, 2017
Machine work done as it might have been in a 1925 steam powered job shop 92 years ago. No. 21 in a series, rebuilding various steam engines and machinery from the days of Prohibition, Model T Fords, and out door plumbing.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 22 engine parts
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Published on May 31, 2017
I wanted to try to carry on a "job" machine shop business as it would have been done in the early 1920's under steam power, steam for power and doing the work the way it would have been done in the days of Model T Fords, steam locomotives and little electricity. The rebuilding of a steam engine continues with a badly damaged crankshaft, left as a disassembled pile of parts in the woods for 40 years. All questions, comments and discussion concerning steam line shaft power or machine shop work are always welcome. Check my G+ page (on the channel header) for news, hope you enjoy it the videos, thanks for watching.... Dave.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 23 Sleeving a cylinder
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Published on Jun 9, 2017
Video number 23 shows one way to bore and sleeve a cylinder from a 1920s 7 HP engine damaged by a loose wrist pin many years ago. The boring mill used to do the job is a 2 1/2" Giddings & Lewis machine built in the late 1930's running on 3 phase electricity. Most of my shop is powered by steam and set up as a small "job" machine shop would have operated in 1925 in a land before CNC, digital readouts, indexable tooling and shop calculating "apps". Comments, questions, stories, and discussion on steam power, belt drives and old machine work are always welcome here. Check my G+ page for news. Thanks for watching.....Dave
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 24 New shop engine comes home
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Published on Jun 17, 2017
Welcome to my machine shop channel, I try to run it as it would have been run in the 1920's during an era of great industrial development in the US. It was a time of big iron castings, carbon steel tooling, Babbitt bearings, leather belts, practical thinking and learned skills. I use steam for power, junk wood (mostly) and rain water for fuel. Building the shop set up is still ongoing as I am adding machines and setting more to run from the line shaft. Your comments, questions, stories and discussion is always welcome here. Hope you enjoy this one.....Dave
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 25
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Published on Jul 15, 2017
Line shafts and 100 year old leather belting powered by steam run a shop that I put together to depict a typical small machine shop operation of 1920s. This is a time before electric power tools, CNC, & digital read outs. Lindbergh was flying the mail and thinking about a transatlantic solo flight. No. 25 in the series shows boring and sleeving a single cylinder gas engine block, making a wrist pin for the Morris Machine Works vertical engine under restoration, and repairing a cast iron flat belt pulley which will be used as the driven pulley for the large steam engine when it is assigned to run the shops main shaft (next video).
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 26
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Published on Jul 24, 2017
This is number 26 in a series of looks at a shop I built and run as probably the only revenue generating steam powered job machine shop in North America. The 8x10" Richards Iron Works engine is partly disassembled to check condition and made ready to power the shop. Bearing surfaces are polished and the slide valve is reset. Discussion and questions about steam power and line shaft industry that built our country are always welcome......Dave
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 27
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Published on Aug 5, 2017
Number 27 in a series of my shop, set up to depict a small operation job machine shop of 1925 operated mostly by steam power. Using junk wood and soft coal for fuel I do "general machine work" as probably the only revenue generating machine shop in North America under steam power. With the arrival of the bigger engine, the smaller shop engine will be reassigned to make electric power for lighting. Old machine work requires thinking in 1/64 ths, class of fits, measuring and working fy feel, and thinking things through. Discussion of Steam power, machine work, line shaft drives, etc. is always welcome here......Dave
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 28
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Published on Aug 25, 2017
Video number 28 in the series depicts what running a small job machine shop under steam power in 1925 might have been like. This episode involves starting up a 1880s vintage stationary "mill" engine that will be used to run the shop. Bearing housings for the line shaft hangars that will run a Racine power hack saw in the shop are also being made on the 1925 American Machine Tool 18" lathe. All comments, questions, stories, and discussion concerning flat belt drives, steam power, old shop jjjjjmachinery and machine work are always welcome here. Thanks for watching, hope you enjoy it.....Dave
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 29
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Published on Sep 12, 2017
This shop is set up to demonstrate the machines, methods, line shaft drive and steam power as it would have been used in a 1925 machine shop in any small town in the US. Work is done here to expand the shop capabilities as well as for my general machine work customers. The machines are 80 to 130 years old driven by leather belting much of which is 100+ years old. Hope you enjoy the time trip, subscribe and follow on the g+ page for shop news.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 30 Bushing a Flywheel
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Published on Oct 2, 2017
Number 30 concerns the repair of an industrial punch press flywheel from a plant near here needed in a heck of a hurry. It was done in my replica 1925 machine shop under steam power. Thanks for watching, subscribing and commenting. Discussion about steam power, old machine shop techniques, line shaft belt drives, etc. always welcome. hope you enjoy it.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 31 Local Jobs
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Published on Oct 18, 2017
In the early 1900s, nearly every town in America had small machine shops that took thousands of ideas and inventions to the next level in producing and repairing the machinery and products that built the country. Before electric power became widespread, steam and water turned the wheels. This is a little adventure of mine into operating a small "job" machine shop on a daily basis using steam for power as it might have been in 1925.
 

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OLD STEAM POWERED MACHINE SHOP 32 Steam engine rod bearing
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Published on Nov 12, 2017
Before municipal power, in the 1920s, steam power was the standard for all industry large and small. Most first hand knowledge of this marvelous power source was lost in scarcely a generation. I set up this shop to depict what it might have been like in 1925 to run a small job machine shop under steam power. All discussion about steam, machine shop history, line shaft drives or machine work in general is always welcome here, Thanks for watching....Dave