Trevithick Dredger Engine… hinges for the fire door.
No big deal? This “little” task caused me quite a bit of heartburn.
I had redesigned the flat face of the boiler, including the door and had not really thought through the door design and hinges.
Needless to say, the original hinges as designed by Tubal Cain and Julius deWaal, were quite incompatible with my redesign.
There are NO original drawings of Trevithick’s original designs of this face. The Rees Cyclopedia drawings do not include this face, and it is hard to tell if the London Science Museum reconstruction is original in this respect. I did read somewhere that the firedoor in his engines was a casting, so I did not feel bad about silver soldering components to build up the final parts.
In the end, after a failed effort at making a hinge, I decided to wing it, and make something which would work.
The tricky bit was silver soldering the 5mm brass tube bits to the appropriate base, and not getting silver solder into the hinge itself.
It was tricky, but it works!!
The engine is such a work of art and science. You are doing such a beautiful job!
The door looks great!
I just finished the valve body on mine. I used jewellers medium paste type silver solder, it was a great choice as I did not wind up with silver all over the cylinder where the valve body attaches to it.
I will be sure to use it again on any other small bits.
However I think that the normal solder is still best for boiler tubes and the like.
Merry Christmas everyone!
I have searched for jeweller’s solder on ebay but to no avail. Where do you get it?
Best of the season to you too! regards John