Joel OF

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    Kent, England
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    Basic and bold designs. Music and drumming. Films.

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  1. Joel OF


    From memory the thing that grabbed my attention about the Vulcan painting was the very clean white pot above the fire. They must have had non-dirtying ceramics back then.
  2. I found mine the other day. Not looking it's best as it seems to have been under a bench collecting dust and dirt for about a year but you get the idea all the same.
  3. Ye olde battery grinder is the newest addition to my site installation and demo checklist.
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    Metal Origami?

    It wasn't strictly metal-origami but it was origami inspired... Essentially just half cutting through sheet to create a weak line to bend easily along, fold, fill with weld & grind back.
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    Memorial garden work

    Thanks all. To be honest @BIGGUNDOCTOR I think I'm in the vast minority over here too getting work zinc sprayed. Dipping is a lot cheaper, and a lot of folks are favouring dipped then T Washed for that stoney grey-white look. @Lou L my coke forge isn't very big at all T.B.H. It's certainly not a big cast iron beast, the long heat is just a result of me stretching out the heat by feeding the bar backwards and forwards, pausing at certain point for 3 - 5 seconds at a time so I know I'm putting the same amount of heat into the bar along its length.
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    Making steel rust quickly

    Haha to be honest I've never looked at the back of the container. It's £7 for 5L of Cementone Brick and Patio Cleaner. No idea how that rates in comparison to the stronger acids, but the appeal for me of this stuff is I can just stop on my way to work at a tool shop and pick some up. I read somewhere for the stronger types you need to buy at specialist places and prove you reasons for use? Possibly a load of rubbish but lingered in my mind anyway. I use it so infrequently I think in 2 years I've only used about a litre.
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    Memorial garden work

    And a video from when I was doing the slats in coke fire, before I switched to using my gas forge.
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    Memorial garden work

    Thanks folks. I thought I'd uploaded pictures of the jigs to IFI but I guess I never did. I did put them on the Mig Welding Forum and can link to that if it's not against forum rules? The jigs were quite intricate. The complicating factor with the gates and rails that due to rules on public work near roads there wasn't any gaps greater than 99mm allowed. I.e every gap must be less than 4" so a child can't get stuck in them.
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    Memorial garden work

    Given the amount of advice I've had from forum members over the years, and the conincidental fact that day 1 of installing this work landed 5 years to the day since @John B talked me through how to forge a taper via a PM on this site, I thought I'd post some images of recently installed work. Poppy themed gates & railings and 6 benches; 4 curved ones and 2 straight for a local war memorial which is being rejuvenated. Looking forward to seeing the garden once the flowers are planted, especially the rosemary bushes that are due to go behind the railings. Nature has a way of making your work look nicer! Gates & rails blasted, zinc flame sprayed, vinyl top coats. Benches blasted, zinc flame sprayed, primed, 2 pack top coat. Thanks for the continuing advice.
  10. I recorded a short clip the other day of making bare steel rust quickly by using diluted brick cleaner, followed by water. I let it run in real time so folks can see how quickly it works. I have used diluted vinegar in a similar way before but it makes your work stink and attracts every wasp within a mile. Rust is a popular finish with folks in this neck of the woods and as I had to deliver some sculptures to a show that afternoon I needed them rust quickly.
  11. Isn't just a case of... Putting a bit of wood on your bench, put the bowl on that face down & clamp it to the wood/bench so the convex side is face up (and you're not damaging the corners with steel on steel), get the hole saw, offer it up & draw around it, find the centre, drill a pilot hole the same size as whatever size bit goes in the holesaw, put the hole saw on a cordless drill along with the pilot bit/replacement pilot rod in the centre...and drill.
  12. That's the trick in a nutshell. I don't think gas torches are the only way of making them really flow though. You can easily do it in a forge by spot quenching, you just need to stop your quench a little short of the mark to give yourself time to get to the vise & get the wrench on as the heat will continue to drain out slowly.
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    My twist project

    I was experimenting the other day and at one stage landed on this, it was pretty simple to produce: 2 full twists, hammer the twists flat, 2 full twists again in the same direction. I'm not usually a fan of twists but I thought this one was kinda interesting.
  14. I haven't got a picture to hand but the way I made mine was by getting about a 50mm (2") long piece of tube that was about 40mm (1,1/2") diameter, drilling a 16mm (5/8") hole through the centre on both sides, cutting out the top section down to the bottom of the drill hole, then riveting that to a little round disc. Doodle doesn't really do it justice but helps with the description anyhow. They work well and are nice and simple. Have been asked a few times for a price on making them.
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    Outdoor forge area close to the UK coast?

    You'll be fine.