David Kailey

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    Drawing, designing, smithing, it is pretty much all i do lately.


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  1. David Kailey

    Picket jig for railings and gates

    I use a good antispatter.... not sure on the name but the jig gets a good coating before i use it. better then a cold chisel. lol
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    Picket jig for railings and gates

    I use a lot of tube to save on weight and material cost. So I have to weld baskets, twists, and other decrative elements to make a picket. But it's a pain to keep them straight and weld them with out dealing with slang getting on the jig and having to be cleaned all the time or accidentally welding it to the jig. Then having to build a new jig next time cause that job has a diffrent design.This is the answer for all my issues. I took a piece of 3" x 1 1/4 channel and had a 3/8" slot milled in it 12" long with a 1"gap between them to help keep the strength of the channel. I had standoffs cut out with 1/2" thru 1" then welded bases on them. I use flat bar with nuts welded to them the flat bar can rotate in the channel and so I only need one wrench to tighten them. I have clearance to weld 3 sides and can adjust the standoff to any configuration.
  3. I powdercoated it a dark hammertone gray
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    Wet lands river railing.

    Just finished and installed this railing last week.
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    Wet lands/river railing.

    Just finished and installed this railing last week.
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    The fact that none of the corners are knocked down i doubt it is a columbian.
  8. David Kailey

    7" Indian Chief vise

    Scored big with this one. The pic is at a bad angle but it is a full 7" vise. It has a oiled gold patina from the anti rust coating they use to put on them. This thing is gorges. Its a #140 7" vise it makes my #125 6" look tiny. Honestly I cant believe I found a 7" vise let alone an indian chief. It show so little sign of use I am shocked. What are your thoughts on value and rarity? I picked up 7" 6" 5 3/4 vises 2 champ 10" 400 blowers and a champ 8" blower. Cost me $900.
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    Big ol post vise

    The mount plate wilk say it or half way between the jaw and screw. Dont sand the paint cause the indian chief mark is very light and easy to sand off.
  10. David Kailey

    Don't understand using venturi burners

    I use a 3/16 nozzle My blower uses less then $1 a day in electricity...... so says my electrician
  11. leaf springs off a truck at a junkyard, they sell for about .25 to .30 a pound..... which is cheaper then new mild steel. In my experience the top of the mild steel mushrooms very fast compared to the leaf spring which is usually made from 5160 high carbon steel
  12. yes i have an exhaust fan, I don"t get to many fumes from my forge, but welding smoke and heat is the main reason. It has been a great hammer no issues and easy to to build dies for.
  13. David Kailey

    Rivet Heading

    Take 2 pieces of half inch flat bar, weld angle iron on one side of each piece, clamp them in the vise, drill holes for the size rivets you want to make. Drill the holes to the length of rivets you want, clamp the viced pieces together, insert your stock then hammer down the first side of your rivet, then you can open the vise to easily remove the rivet. I will look for a picture and post it.
  14. So I built a 4x8 ft fabrication table, but trying to clamp anything in the middle of that table is just not possible. I have clamps that rach 12 inches but the leaves a 2x6 ft no mans land. this is my solution. So I have this project, scrolling and bending the round stock it not difficult but keeping everything perfectly flat proves to be difficult the more bends and longer the piece is but it is easier to adjust everything once it is welded together or while I am welding it. But so time it requires a lot of pressure to get the steel to line up flat so it can be welded. So I have a piece of 2"x2" tube that spans the width of my table. I had to widen out the foot that goes under the table so that if I only clamp off one side it leans over to the point that the screw of the clamp limits out. I had to add a tab on the top side of the table, and 1/4" tabs on the bottom foot so that it levels it out. The pipe on the foot has 1' adjustments so that I am able to clamp anything from 0 to 7 inches off the table. I built 2 sliders that move so I can set up over any area on the table. I forged down some 1" bar stock, to match the stock on my Bessy clamps. This allows me to use the slide arm section with the screw. I also build several plates and clamp foots to suit the stock I am fitting.
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    Gate, one gate. My best work to date. Many large photos

    There is no 4" issue for the gate, and it is being installed at a property to the NW of Spokane, Wa, that sits on the Little Spokane River. It is actually going to be a swing Gate. It weights in at only 550lbs The customer wants either silver vein or copper vein powder coating. Lol. It was several hours of hammering the tree into wooden swedges, due to the fact that it was all done cold and there was not much of a break from hammering, I did manage to get some very severe cramps in my hand and forearm which may have been the result of the look on my face. Frankly with the outside temperatures being 93-105 over the last 4 weeks and having so much forge work to do which kept the shop around 120 plus....... it was actually pretty comfortable because we did no forge work so it was only around a hundred in the shop that day. Thanks for checking out that work.