A really Cool Air Engine!

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Project by HuntleyBill posted 12-06-2010 04:41 AM 5480 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project that I am posting! Bear with me if It is not perfect.

I was cruising YouTube and ran across these “air Engines”. Since I am a fan of old “Hit & Miss” engines ( one of which I own ). I was fascinated by them and searched for plans to build one of my own. I found one from Bill Reichart who has designs for several kinds, one of which was made of wood. I also found one set of plans on ebay that was made out of metal but was very simple in design.

I bought Bill’s plans and built one of his models. I also bought the plans on ebay. Then decided it would be cool to make one of these engines to be very much like my 1923 Lauson hit & miss engine. So, I used some of the ideas from the Reichart engine and the plans I got on ebay and re-designed my own version.

I had problems making the wheels as I don’t have a good lathe, so I made up a jig to cut the wheel using a router. ( I did show that jig on my last post).

After i got it mostly finished, I thought this would be cool sitting on a desk in someones office. If it is going to be on a desk, how could I make it useful as well as a conversation piece? Add a business card holder!!! GENIUS!

So…here it is good people of LJ! By the way, this project got finished because of all the advise I got from YOU about making wheels etc. You inspired me! I wish I knew how to use Sketch-up better, I could make drawings!

Oh….and you may say Bill, it is beautiful, you may say it is clever, you may even say it is cool, but then you may ask if it really does work?? See for yourself———-> YouTube

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 04:43 AM

looks fantastic. Is this also functional? or a static piece?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 04:48 AM

That is awesome. Thank you for sharing it. I appreciate the video to go along with it :D

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 05:20 AM

That is crazy cool. I love it.
It really thumps along.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 05:23 AM

Very cool. Any idea how many RPM you were getting in the video? How much air pressure did you use to make it go?

Very excellent build. I can imagine it takes a lot of precision to make it work like that.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 05:27 AM

I have no idea what the RPM is. Also, the air pressure is 100 psi on my compressor but I just cracked open the valve just a hair. I can make the engine go a little just by blowing in the tube…hard!

As for precision, I built most of it using a drill press.

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 05:34 AM

sweet job there bill

add a hose
and if someone wants a card
make them ‘breath-alize’ into it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 12-06-2010 05:35 AM

Awesome BC holder !! Sounds pretty cool in the video and I was wondering if you were running it with an aquarium pump at first. I see you commented while I was watching the video. : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 06:18 AM

Wow that thing realy “boogies” along, absolutely fabulous, nice choice of contrasting materials.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 12-06-2010 06:42 AM

That is really cool- I have to build one.
Do you think an aquarium pump would move it?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 12-06-2010 08:13 AM

Nice job, look cool. Now if you make it a little more efficient, you could just blow into it and hook it up to a pencil sharpener and sell it as a green machine ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 12-06-2010 08:26 AM

A great conversation piece it is. Nice work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 12-06-2010 01:17 PM

Cool! I love it.

I wish I would have a bit more time to do such one by myself.

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#13 posted 12-06-2010 03:10 PM

VERY cool Bill. I too want to make one. I’d be glad to convert it to SketchUp for you. PM me if interested.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 12-06-2010 06:25 PM

Home Run!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 12-06-2010 07:43 PM

Very cool. I really like it.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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