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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, large first aid kit, 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, large first aid kit, 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, large first aid kit, etc.

              Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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              • #67
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                Hot weather leads to drinking beer which can lead to goofy ideas.

                I can't play golf but I did have a few stainless clubs which led to this drink holder.
                Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, large first aid kit, etc.

                Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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                • #68
                  Drinkin’ the BEAST....

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                  • #69
                    Dude. Submerge the base in ice water. It'll be a heat sink and keep the beer cold.

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                      Last goofy project for 2018

                      Got these 2 stainless food grade pumps at a yard sale and put them away for a rainy day.

                      In the Philadelphia area we have gotten over 60 inches of rain this year.
                      Luckily it is not snow.

                      Since I was trapped due to the rainy weather, I decided to make a support for these pumps.

                      Used some scrap stainless rods and a piece of an old poly cutting board to make this base.

                      One is for Go-Jo hand cleaner and the other is for hand lotion after I cut,
                      burn or scrape my hands.

                      Have to tell my buddies that these are not for their hot dogs or hamburgers.

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                      Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, large first aid kit, etc.

                      Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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                      • #71
                        But how funny would that be to keep the contents quiet...let's see what happens....

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
                          But how funny would that be to keep the contents quiet...let's see what happens....
                          Haha, I agree,

                          Survival of the fittest.

                          Reminds me of a story a chef told me, he used to have a bottle of sprite in the fridge and everyone used to drink from it. So one day he filled it with vinegar instead.

                          People were walking out of there spitting vinegar all over the place.
                          if there's a welder, there's a way

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                          • #73
                            Some of my off the wall junk I coulda bought wayyyyy cheaper
                            Dynasty 400 wireless
                            Coolmate 3.5
                            Sw320 speedway
                            Ck flex lock 230
                            4 victor flow meters
                            2 Flametech Duel flowmeters
                            2 genuine miller torch buttons
                            A$$ loads of tungsten
                            XMT 350 CC/CV
                            S74DX feeder
                            Stick leads from here to China
                            A30 Spool gun
                            WC24
                            Langmuir crossfire hobby table
                            Everlast powerplasma 100 w hypertherm torch
                            Harris O/A
                            Pet raccoon
                            I'm just a peckerwood in the boonies with fancy welding equipment

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