- Apr 5, 2011
My buddy Rick Nickels has been working on a fully working model of a tiling machine. He started on this many years ago while still working full time but most of it was done in the last two - three years since retiring. All parts even those looking like castings are fabricated or weldments. The only casting was the actual engine block. There are two of these machines still in Museums. A third was seen and photographed in Wauseon, Ohio and one in Teasewater, and one in Blythe, Ontario. Rick photographed every detail and made sketches and measurements of every part. He made several trips to Teasewater to measure up some details he had missed. The two machines were of different vintage by about 10 years so had slight differences. He also was able to get a copy of an original manual of one of the machines found in a museum archive. Even the pipes on the boiler are to scale, hand bored to the right size as well as the fittings. The sprockets and gears were bought with solid centers and then drilled out and filed to shape. Since I have been following his progress for over ten years I thought it time to show off his handy work since Rick does not have a computer. Truly a magnificent piece of workmanship. So here are a couple of pictures of what he has got done recently.