For the past couple of years I've been sole full-time carer for my elderly dad, who has Alzheimer's. I've also been building a small live steam locomotive, large enough to ride behind (pictured).
My dad and I have both been involved with steam loco's since the 80's, so my building this loco has been great therapy for dad; he likes to watch (and sometimes help by holding things for me), and it's pretty much the only time I see some awareness come into his eyes.
I'm gradually working on the loco, and there's still a lot to do, but in order to machine the cylinders I need to purchase a small milling machine. I currently have a small lathe, but in spite of much thought and discussion with others it's just too small to machine the cylinders.
I've looked around for the cheapest option to get the cylinders done, including purchasing a larger lathe to machine them with ($2500 delivered), getting them machined professionally ($1200+postage), getting them only partially machined professionally ($800+postage), and purchasing a small milling machine to machine them with ($700 delivered).
The Sieg X2 milling machine (pictured) is now an older model that is now longer being produced, as such it is now available quite cheap from some dealers who are clearing their stock.
I have some money saved, but as an unpaid carer there's not much. So I need another $500 to get the milling machine; though If I can raise $600 that will be enough to get a slightly newer, but still discontinued, model, the SX2.
Naturally the sooner I can get the money together, the less likely that all the old stock will be gone. This is where I need your help; even if you can only spare a dollar or two, every little bit helps.