While it’s been relatively quiet here on the announcement front, work has nonetheless continued on the smokebox door as this post will testify. The Trust has also been working to establish the foundation for future progress; a task that has occupied us considerably of late.
Our supplier, Keyte Smith has commenced stage three of the smokebox door. Here are a collection of photos taken at the commencement and during fabrication.
*The 20mm thick hinge plate has been pressed to follow the contours of the outer door – it only took 30 tons! It is now being prepped for welding.
*The hinge tube has been made from solid bar. This has had the hole put through it and is now away having the bush seats bored.
*The outer door profile has been marked out and the holes for the plug welds drilled in it.
*The handle has been bent up. This was made from a piece of profiled plate, 20mm thick, and was bent hot over a former. It has been trimmed to size and welded onto the base plate. The base pate was pressed to follow the curvature of the door prior to welding. The handle is also set at an angle to the base (6 degrees) so it projects true to the smokebox front when installed, as per original design.
*The bosses are all turned ready for fitting.
*The next few stages are to trim most of the excess from rim of the outer door, weld in the hinge plate and fit the inner profile.
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