News and Notes
Many thanks to the volunteers who withstood record high temperatures and long work days to bring the building to completion in time for the annual show.
June - New Pavillion
Tuck volunteers are doing much of the construction. On the right above, Tom Booze, Art Lyman, and Dave Welser lay out tin for the gable end.
May 29 2010- Work Begins on New Pavilion
The pavilion, our large open-sided pole building, was severely damaged by last winter's heavy snow. Work began on a replacement steel building with the demolition of the remaining damaged structure. Very little of the old building will go in the dumpsters. The tin roof and poles will be reused; damaged beams were sawn up for use as boiler fuel.
May 12, 2010
Several Tuckahoe members, led by Eric Harvey, visited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to retrieve the following items that were deaccessioned:
We would like to express our thanks to CBMM for donating these items.
April 10 2010
Crews were on site in the Machine Shop Museum, Gas Engine Building, and Steam Building.
In the Machine Shop Museum, Dick mounted the table from the Barnes upright drill on the 30" South Bend lathe and used the toolpost grinder to clean up the surface. This table had many drill marks and had been filled by welding. Until recently, we had no capability to grind the table flat. The toolpost grinder was donated by John Adkins and refurbished by our volunteers.
The small hand mill shown below was recently donated. It is in great condition and may eventually form a part of our planned travelling exhibit.
Greg continued work on the Cincinnati-Bickford radial drill. The new bushing has been installed; all that remains is to fit the gearbox and reinstall the bevel gear.
Cabin Fever Expo Jan 15-17 2010
For the second year, Tuckahoe had a booth at the Cabin Fever Expo in York, PA. Cabin Fever is the premier model engineering event in the country. The major attraction is metal (and some wood) models of boats, railroad equipment, engines, pretty much anything you can imagine building a model for. Also a variety of tool vendors and a consignment auction.
The Tuckahoe booth provides exposure to thousands of potential visitors. This year we demonstrated the newly-restored Boynton & Plummer traveling-head shaper:
and Pat Harvey's Almon drive - a flat-belt right-angle drive device with a remarkable sliding/twisting/turning/ rotating/translating link motion, patented in 1881. Visitors were suitably fascinated, and many hundreds of cards were handed out. A small lathe, donated by the event organizer, was raffled, bringing the club over $300 in ticket sales.
Activities 24 Oct 2009
In addition to a "pull", there was considerable activity at Tuckahoe this Saturday.
In the Machine Shop Museum, the extension of the main lineshaft was completed. The main shaft now extends to the "fence" at the south end of the building. The hangers were snugged up, and aligned vertically, first with a transit and then a final check was made with a laser level. After alignment, Dave and Andy made up the coupling.
Dick continued work on the facing machine, using the Weaver screw press to insert one big piece of steel into another - sorry to be a bit vague here. Ask Dick how this all fits together. Several Chesapeake Area Metalworking Society (CAMS) members have volunteered to make some of the smaller parts for this machine. Those who have followed the evolution of our machine tool activities will remember that it was a group of CAMS members who did our first restorations.
The picture below left illustrates just a bit of the 100-year-old swarf that Luther is dealing with in the restoration of the Boynton & Plummer shaper. The ugly silver paint is now gone, and the legs got a coat of primer.
Archie, assisted by Greg, continued scraping on the Lucas table. This follows Archie's succesful planing on the table ways on our 1920 Rockford planer. More pictures of the planing operation are here.
Greg also got a finish coat of paint on the radial drill gearbox.
Tom Booze was present in the steam building, measuring for concrete work around the Watts, Campbell engine.
Retrieving Lineshaft & Pulleys from the Millington Mill
A small group from Tuckahoe spent a recent Saturday in the basement of the old Millington grist mill, removing lineshafting, bearings, and pulleys. Thanks to Mary (the owner) for this donation, and to her neighbor Russel for his assistance. We got the shaft in the upper right and most of the one in the far corner. The large gear against the left wall is attached to the water wheel shaft.
Steam Building Rennovation
Dave Welser has undertaken to lead in the restoration of our stationary steam building and its contents. Much of the clutter has been transferred to a trailer, and work is now underway to clean and lubricate the Skinner engine, and painting is progressing on the Watts Campbell Corliss engine. Earlier in the year, Alvin Sanger did a beautiful job repainting the Ames horizontal engine.
The upright "coke bottle" engine that once stood outside the steam building has been transferred (some might say kidnapped) to the engine room in the Machine Shop Museum. This engine once powered the Secrist/Evans machine shop in Easton and we hope it will one day power the museum's lineshaft.
Machine Shop Museum
The Machine Shop Museum has a number of recent acquisitions:
Several projects are underway: