DIY Engine Driven Welder Part 4 – It Is Alive!

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I finished my engine driven welder and started welding up my scrap iron anvil! The welder works well and seems to be able to push rods as large a 3/16″. It’s build with the engine from a 1946 Austin Dorset and a 250 amp high-output Ford alternator.    

Lost PLA Cast Aluminum Alternator Pulley

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In order to get my engine driven welder working I needed an 8″ diameter multi-groove pulley to drive the alternator. Rather than buy one I decided to see if I could investment cast one starting from a 3D printed PLA part. Guess what? It worked!

My Last Steampunk Mod – The Steampunk Roadster

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Update 6/3/2016: Car has been sold! Thanks everyone! In a few short months The Steampunk Workshop will celebrate it’s 10th birthday! I can barely believe that it’s been ten whole years since this whole “steampunk” thing blew up on the internets. It’s been a lot of fun for me,

Rare chance at a Steampunk Strat pick guard!

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Rare chance at a Steampunk Strat pick guard! http://con-or-bust.org/author/186/

The best animated airship in steampunkdom

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I recently received a rather cryptic email containing a link to this video. I don’t know much about it, but this is probably the best animated airship in all of steampunk.

Hard Facing a DIY Anvil

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I have been assembling an anvil from several slabs of mild steel that have been kicking around the workshop. I milled a horn onto one slab and in this video I harden the billet that will be the top of the anvil. The “right” way to do this is

Vintage Homemade Welder – Part 3: Sparks and Smoke

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I found this welder on Craigslist for a hundred dollars. It’s made with a World War II surplus aircraft generator and the engine from a 1946 Austin Dorset. It’s a 200 Amp DC welder with a four-cylinder pushrod engine. I’ve gotten it running and I tried welding some steel

Ancient Steampunk?

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I have been hearing a lot of interviews with author Graham Hancock lately and I think his line of inquiry will be of interest to Steampunks everywhere and of particular interest to those interested in writing about non-fantastical Steampunk worlds. In 1996 Hancock published Fingerprints of the Gods . The TL;DR

Stroh Violin Repair

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I generally do not take commissions, however every once in a while a friend will ask me to make or repair something and it will be an interesting enough project that I will take it on. That was the case with this Stroh violin. The Stroh violin was an

Who Ya Gonna Call? 2014 Hallowe’en Decorations

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This year our theme for Hallowe’en was Ghostbusters! The inspiration was my wife’s as she looked at the 1973 VW Type III Squareback that is sitting in our driveway. Her name (the car, not my wife) is Adelaide and I am fixing her up for a friend. She will