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HOMEBUILT VALVELESS PULSEJETS
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That's me, testing my original 'Short Lady' FWE, summer 2004
To build my engine designs, all you need is a welding outfit and ordinary hand tools for sheet metal - no lathe, no milling machine, no fully equipped machine shop. The only skills needed are ordinary sheet metal working and light welding (you DO need to be able to make good quality fillet and butt welds on thin sheet steel - NOT spot welding!). That's all there is to it. All my engine designs can be built successfully from ordinary mild steel sheet (though of course you CAN use stainless steel, if you have the extra skills and tools needed, and the money to buy the material - stainless engines will literally "last a lifetime", even with heavy use).
Vern built his Lady Jane from my plans using ordinary 16 guage mild steel. He even tried mounting his engine on his fishing boat to putter around one of his favorite lakes (no fish biting that day!). Though Vern has access to a good shop, only the simplest tools were actually used to get his jet built over a couple of weeks in his spare time.
Some of the resources we'll have available (watch for these to become links):
Soli Deo Gloria
|And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever ..."|
|Thomas Jefferson, Notes On the State of Virginia|