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  • curly
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    Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    Yup-Tap & Die set

    They can get pricey so welding a nut on is cheaper fer sure.

    Sometimes you have to anyway iffin' the material is not thick enough to provide enough meat for threads.
    So, do you find your self using them much/ever (tap and die), or usually weld the nut on?

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  • Broccoli1
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    Originally posted by curly View Post
    That actually may just be a nut welded onto the thing...but I'd still like to know (tap and die or something)
    Yup-Tap & Die set

    They can get pricey so welding a nut on is cheaper fer sure.

    Sometimes you have to anyway iffin' the material is not thick enough to provide enough meat for threads.

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  • boattrash
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    Some of my stuff

    Here is some of my stuff.



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  • curly
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    Originally posted by EdZep View Post
    This is the only one I've got handy. Of course, the idea came from someone else on this forum.

    Anybody wanna tell me how to get the threaded hole in this. Some kinda tap thing I believe but I've never done that so don't know. Anyplace to get one resonably priced, like harbor freight or NT? What are they called?

    That actually may just be a nut welded onto the thing...but I'd still like to know (tap and die or something)
    Last edited by curly; 09-18-2008, 09:13 PM.

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  • modela
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    Welding corner fan

    This is the welding corner with the fan in the upper left.


    I was fortunate enough to pick up this hood from a place that was shutting down. It went from rectangle to 12" round which just matched up with my fan. I custom made the shroud (painted red) with a removable panel on the left to get at the motor.



    Fan is in the very corner and exhausts through a Dayton shutter to the outside wall. The 90 degree elbow and the round to square are standard HVAC parts.



    I bought a 3 phase motor on ebay to use with a variable speed drive. This gives me control of the fan rpm, cfm, and noise level. The fan is mounted on rubber mounts to keep down vibration.

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  • Broccoli1
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    Not haze- Low MP camera

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  • Goodhand
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    Originally posted by Sberry View Post
    I was trying to catch up a bit but some super nice stuff in this thread I certainly hadn't thought of. In the second pic the bracket started as a 1 fixture unit but got extended with a conduit coupling and additional guy wire. In the last one I use that getup for service lighting near equipment. These new CF Ls will be even easier and cheaper to operate but for near a compressor or electric panel I usually use a common 100 watt incandescent lamp.
    Novel approaches to getting light where you need it, but it's sure hazy in your shop. Don't you have an exhaust fan?

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  • Sberry
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    I was trying to catch up a bit but some super nice stuff in this thread I certainly hadn't thought of. In the second pic the bracket started as a 1 fixture unit but got extended with a conduit coupling and additional guy wire. In the last one I use that getup for service lighting near equipment. These new CF Ls will be even easier and cheaper to operate but for near a compressor or electric panel I usually use a common 100 watt incandescent lamp.
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    Last edited by Sberry; 02-23-2008, 10:19 AM.

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  • holsters
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    Here are a few of mine.

    I'm just a hobby weldor. Mostly self taught. I only have a torch and a little Thunderbolt so the thin stuff is all gas welded. Gas is slow, but I enjoy it. Maybe someday I'll get a mig, but can't justify the expence for now.

    The work bench tops came from an old modular office cubicle set up that was taken out of our billing office at work. They were free and so cool I took them home and made 4 rolling work benches. I'm still trying to talk my buddy out of the other 4 tops that he got.

    The wheel base on the burnishing station has the brake rotor welded into it. They are both cast-offs from one of our ambulances. The rotor makes the base very heavy and stable.

    1) Torch cart (gas)
    2) Weld table. Plans adapted from welding book. (stick)
    3) Leather burnishing station. (I make custom holsters and gun belts.) (stick)
    4) Steel and pipe storage (gas)
    5) Work bench (stick)
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  • Goodhand
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    Here's a photo of one of my small projects. It is a torque wrench extender that I made, so I could use my wrench with a 150# upper limit to torque the flywheel bolt on a VW engine, requiring 253# of torque. My guess is that some of you will have one of these extenders, but I'll bet some will not. By using the extender one can double the torque provided by a standard 1/2" drive torque wrench. When using the extender, a setting of 125# of torque on the wrench will yield 250# at the socket.

    I drilled, then filed, a 1/2" square hole to accept the socket coupler on the wrench, and welded a 3/8" to 1/2" drive extender to the other end. The distance between the hole center and extender center should equal the functional length of the wrench, depending on which style is used (beam or clicker).
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  • toecutter
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    thanks triggerman.
    Fishy jim explained the matter, quite perfect too I might add. thanks Jim!

    you know us tinkeres trying to cut corners

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  • triggerman
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    Short answer: I don't know.

    Originally posted by toecutter View Post
    can that tool make them bends on 2-1/2 dia pipe?
    Chief, I don't have a clue what it is capable of. I bought it to bend 1" strap and 1/2" rod.

    Other guys here are gearheads, maybe they know.

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  • Fishy Jim
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    The bender in the pic you're asking about is for flat and square stock. They can be modified with round face dies to do rounds and heavy wall tube, but nothing like exhaust pipe.

    If you could put a big enough cheater bar on the handle, and fit your pipe in there, it would only kink it in half. You need a draw type bender for thin wall. A lot of people confuse those with mandrel benders. Mandrel benders have a follow die INSIDE the tube being drawn to retain the full ID in the bend.

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  • toecutter
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    hey triggerman!

    the first pic is a tube bender init? if so have ya bent any exhaust pipe on it?
    is it hard as ****?

    I wanted to get one but thought, that has got to be a motherhead to get right,
    bending pipes to go over the Rear axle tubes and all. can that tool make them bends on 2-1/2 dia pipe?

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  • weldngod
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    New aluminum Kite Buggy made out of 1.5x1.5x.125 and 2x2x.250 5086 square pipe. Can't wait to finish it

    I made an arm for my flat screen lcd tv . Now it looks like it is floating in air. It swivels away from wall and pivots so you see it anywhere in the room.

    and for giggles empty and weld beer cans together and to a 1/16 5086 plate( I do it cause I" CAN!")
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    Last edited by weldngod; 02-17-2008, 11:54 AM.

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