Stationary Engine Kits
Anthony Mount Models
Waller's Table Engine
The first table engine is credited to Henry Maudslay in 1805, and the type was built by many manufacturers during the nineteenth century. This example is a later one from the 1880s. Details came from a book published in the 1880s and the author was a director of George Waller and Co. There was a short note on the engine in the text and the wording was such that it indicated that the engine was still available at that date. It was also stated that while horizontal engines were cheaper in first cost, the table engine took up a small amount of floor space and did not often get out of order.
The design follows the classical architectural style, though slightly less ornate than some earlier examples. As with all table engines it has a majestic stately motion, a pleasure to watch. It is quite easy to build the majority of nuts being of 8BA (M2.2) size.
There was no indication of size on the engraving but if we take the flywheel as 9ft (2.743M) and a scale of 1/12 we arrive at the convenient size of 9” (228mm). The design is such that the base and table can easily be machined from mild steel blanks. As can the columns, and an interesting feature being that two of the columns form the steam and exhaust pipes. A gunmetal casting is used for the flywheel.
The cylinder is described in the article as a fabricated design, however a gunmetal casting is now available and a cast eccentric strap.
Drawings are available as a set of 27 of A4 size. They have dimensions in both imperial and metric.
The engine can be built on a 3 1/12” lathe and though not essential a milling machine is also useful.
The engine was serialized in “Engineering In Miniature” from March 1998 to February 1999.