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  • #61
    I'm envious of just the imagination, much less the talent. Give me a pile of mud, and my imagination might eventually see a brick.

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    • #62
      Absolutely fabulous!!! Great job. You know you could make a living doing that stuff. LOL

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      • #63
        MAC702 and Oldgrandad,

        Thank you for the kind words.

        I always learn something from these goofy projects.
        Hard to see but the kayaker is wearing a helmet.
        The club encourages all paddlers to wear head protection so I needed to add one to the model.

        His head is a stainless ball bearing and I had a small hollow stainless sphere which fit nicely.
        Used a ping pong ball to get the shape right before I cut up the stainless one.
        Tigged a bead on top of the ball bearing to space the helmet away from the head.
        Drilled a hole in the top of the helmet and plug welded them together.
        Sanded the weld to hide my mess and was surprised how well it worked.

        There is a guy who makes a variety of fun sculptures using railroad spikes as the basis of his pieces.

        www.rolandsmetalart.com/
        Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.

        Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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        • #64
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          Solar cooker project for May 2018

          Came across a company selling a solar cooker using an interesting technology.
          The heart of the cooker is a vacuum insulated tube with a special coating.
          The coating absorbs the solar rays and the vacuum keeps the heat inside.

          Kind of like cooking inside a thermos bottle.
          Sells for $700 so I looked into a cheaper solution.

          Found this vacuum tube on ebay for $75 and made a frame and reflector to increase the efficiency.
          Frame is 5" ips stainless pipe and 3/8" diam ss rods.

          Used polyester mirror tape to cover the reflector.
          Tape was $20 so total cost was around $100.

          Project needed a suitable stand of course.

          The top measures 12" x 24" with a 1" lip around the edges.
          Support is a piece of 3" sch 10 stainless pipe.
          Base is made of 1 1/4" square stainless tube with a 9" flange added for weight.

          Support column slides into short pieces of 3 1/2" ips sch 40 stainless pipe.
          This way, the top tray can rotate to follow the sun.

          Welded in bushings to hold bolts for feet and capped the ends to keep water out.
          Used hockey pucks for feet.

          Whole assembly comes apart to make it lighter to move in pieces.

          Still need to add some sort of sliding tray to move food in
          and out of tube so it doesn't stick to the walls.

          As the usual suspects and I were beta testing the solar cooker,
          one comment was "you have more stainless scrap than brains"
          Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.

          Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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          • #65
            Hey BH,

            I can say that I must at some point steal your cat crap scoop idea, as when my wife's mother passed away last year, we took on her cats as part of her inheritance. Yes, we got the stinky end of the deal. Her cats are obese, and their feces is a reflection of this. All I have to do is learn how to weld stainless, and I'm good to go.



            Like the thread. Great how you re-purpose stuff !

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            • #66
              Hi T-man,

              Happy to inspire you.

              The scoops can also double as a pasta server and they are dishwasher safe.
              Of course, I would be risking my life if I tried this at home.
              Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.

              Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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