Rich Carlstedt's Shop

Green Bay, WI

Northeast Wisconsin Model Engine Builders

I had posted messages on various place talking about my plans for a trip to WI at the end of July 2007 and asking for suggestions about shows in the mid-west that I might visit.  Rich Carlstedt contacted me by email and invited me to visit his home shop in Green Bay.  After we visited the Rosholt WI show on Sunday the 22nd we headed up to Green Bay to visit Rich.  Now,  we had no idea at the time WHO we were going to visit, just a name on an email at that point.  When we found Rich's home we immediately recognized him as someone we had chatted with at both Cabin Fever and NAMES shows.  

In Wisconsin everything is 60 miles from everything else.  From Oshkosh to Rosholt was about 60 miles, from Rosholt to Green Bay another 60 miles and then from Green Bay back to Oshkosh yet another 60 miles.  We had left Oshkosh about eight in the AM and got back to our camp site to ten PM.  A long day, but a great day.

Thank the Lord for the invention of the GPS navigation device.  I have a Magellan brand gadget and it guided us faithfully through the wilds of rural Wisconsin and the equally wilds of downtown Cleveland OH.  We never would have found Ohio Brush Co. without it.  No way Jose.  See another link on the NEMES main page for the link to Ohio Brush please.

Rich sent along some corrections for the captions on this page.  His notes are in red.

On to the photos:

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These photos are of Rich's amazing Hypocycloid engine.  Developed by an engineer named Murray in the early 1800's to get around James Watts patents it is an ingenious device.  Rich's engine is all polished steel and cast iron, no chrome plating here although it sure looks plated. 

I plan on bring the Hypocycloidal  to Cabin Fever in January. That will be the first time I will have it out East, and the Moniotr will be finished and that also will be there.  I will set up on the 'steam side" instead of being on the IC side of the show with the Chicago group, (CME) who I generally sit with. I want to be near Ray Hasbrouch as well.

DSC02356.JPG (854100 bytes)  Use of a right angle reducing drive to slow down a wood band saw for metal cutting.  

The band saw was my idea for a compact "no Slip" unit and uses a surplus 30/1  worm drive gear box.
You need about 145 to 1 reduction to get down to Stainless Steel speeds (in my case 44 FPM ~)
with a 14 inch saw. The V belts give me a 44 ,85, 150, 220 ~ FPM which I find ideal for my work.
Doing wood (seldom) is not hard, if a course tooth (4 -6 TPI) blade is used

DSC02357.JPG (771148 bytes)  DSC02358.JPG (739124 bytes)  Corliss engine that Rich is restoring.

DSC02359.JPG (742318 bytes) 12" Atlas-Clausing lathe

 DSC02360.JPG (977041 bytes)  10" Boxford lathe

DSC02361.JPG (1080684 bytes)  Bridgeport mill w/ digital readout

DSC02362.JPG (843302 bytes)  Steam loco in the works

DSC02363.JPG (799497 bytes)  Rich has this shaper set for making internal gear teeth with a clever jig for indexing the gear.  No dividing head necessary.

DSC02364.JPG (801642 bytes)  One of the many fellows Rich has mentored over the years built this small loco.

  DSC02365.JPG (785654 bytes)  This is an astounding model of the engine from the U.S.S. Monitor.  

DSC02366.JPG (787653 bytes)  Rich's CNC mill.

DSC02367.JPG (765740 bytes)  Kind of a dark picture but is meant to show the clerestory windows that help light the shop.  The shop in heated and air conditioned for year round comfortable working conditions

DSC02368.JPG (1004756 bytes)  Horizontal band saw

  DSC02370.JPG (925775 bytes)   Rich uses the tooling plate to allow use of flood coolant on the CNC mill.  Removable Plexiglas sides contain the splash and drain holes in the plate allow coolant to drain back to the sump.

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