bigb

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  1. In my shop I hooked up a socket to my air compressor and screwed in a red light bulb that stays on when the compressor switch is on, I don't forget to shut it off this way. I have several electric heaters with 4 hour spring wound timer switches on them, plus red light bulbs. Another compressor idea is to wire it through a time clock and install only the "off" cam set at the latest time you would be in the shop. That way the compressor will never stay on all night. Just use the manual switch in the time clock to turn it back on.
  2. The masons here remove the guards and put 10 inch carbide/diamond blades on their 7" grinders to slice block, very scary looking. They don't believe in respirators either, why waste good beer money on a respirator when you can just pull your tee shirt over your nose?
  3. That is one beautiful vise! I really need to get going on my 3 post vises which all need work. Do you happen to have more pics of the mounting bracket, I might copy the design
  4. I am planning a sand filled stand as well, I have the base already made. I wouldn't mind seeing Alwin's idea but alas he hasn't posted for 3-1/2 years on the site.
  5. I think I would do it anyway while they aren't looking. Is it a primary line or something? No such rules here or in the NEC except for proper clearances which vary for different voltages. Sometimes those POCO guys make up their own rules. They follow NESC, not sure what NESC says about structures under the line but whether it is primary or secondary is going to make a difference. I don't see a problem placing a non-conductive roof, or a conductive one at that, under a secondary line provided you have the required minimum clearance
  6. I almost forgot, I made a weather proof locker from angle iron and corrugated roofing 4 feet wide, 2 feet deep and 6 feet tall. I keep my coal in there and I put racks on the doors so when you swing them open the tongs and hammers are right there hanging on the inside of the door easy to grab. When finished for the day just close em up and everything is out of the weather. Another smaller white cabinet sits just inside the roofed area and holds all my small material that might come in handy when making something.
  7. My smithy is outdoors as well but I did build a metal roof that cranks up and down so when not in use it is hidden from view below my 6' perimeter wall and mostly protects my stuff from the rain. I bought some roof turbine vent covers from Home Depot for $5 each and I cover the anvils and the two pedestal grinders I keep out there. The coal forge is an open top barrel design and I took a big piece of 1/8" aluminum and bent it into a "garbage can" looking lid that fits tightly over the top since the coal forge sits out from under the roof. The aluminum top also makes for a great work surface when the forge is not being used, I always use it to rest lumber on when I cut it. In the summer it gets really hot here but it's very dry so evaporative coolers work great and I have a 4,500 CFM on a rolling stand sitting just outside the roofed area. My propane forge fits nicely under the roof.
  8. You might like the Salton Sea area, slab city, Salvation Mountain etc. Leonard Knight dedicated the last 30 years of his life to Salvation Mountain. We made a road trip at Christmas to Plam Springs with the intention of seeing everything. We saw the West side of the Salton Sea on the way up but on our way home, when we planned on seeing the Far more interesting East side, it poured rain so hard we barely got out of there as the highway was flooding in numerous areas.We saw the campground and Bombay Beach before we decided we had better get out. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvation_Mountain
  9. There's more videos, this one has good pictures of his work and of his shop, and some good ones of Emory himself. Why can't more stuff like this be on TV instead of the garbage shows? https://www.pbs.org/video/emery-blagdon-and-his-healing-machine-zviysk/
  10. That was incredible, thanks for sharing
  11. Pics will come....progress is very slow as I still work full time. (I've had the cylinders cut and ready for about 5 years!) Neil thanks, I am planning to experiment, I saw where one guy uses hard wood wrapped in leather. I also have some smaller cylinders that would fit up inside the large one but I wonder if that will be too heavy for the wind to move.
  12. Apparently the Flores family agrees that arc welding is part of blacksmithing. https://tucson.com/news/local/william-flores-jr-carried-on-after-dad-in-blacksmith-shop/article_90c09187-b3b0-51d5-afa9-4bcc164e9ffb.html I never knew the family but recently a friend got the job of clearing out some remaining items from the now closed shop. Earlier all the stuff that was able to be moved was donated by the family to the Arizona Artist's Blacksmith Association to equip the County Fair Blacksmith Shop. My friend was paid to "dispose" of the remaining items. Here he is dismantling the very power hammer Mr. Flores is using in the 2010 newspaper article photo and preparing it for disposal....in his shop. Lucky for him the motor is single phase.
  13. I hope it's OK to post this here, it's mostly cutting & welding but some hammering could be done on the decoration and hooks. I am getting ready to hang my O2 cylinder bell. I have the stand figured out for now but I am wondering what people are doing for the part that you hang it from, and hang the clanger from. I noticed the threads where the valve came out look like 3/4" with fine threads. I have some nice heavy rings, and I can probably make or buy a big eye bolt. I also thought about a D ring shackle. Just looking for some ideas from those who have done this
  14. I made one 48 inches X 32 inches, height about 6 feet. I made the base with scrap 2" angle iron 1/4" thick with heavy duty casters then the four sides with 3/16" X 2" angle, the top 1/8" angle and the shelves are framed with 1" X 1/8" inverted angle covered with expanded metal and some 1/2" square tube running across the short span for added strength (all scrap I had on hand). Then I cut up some of the leftover 1/4" angle into "L" brackets to hold my shelves up. I drilled the uprights every 6" and tapped the L brackets for a 3/8" bolt so my shelves can be adjusted by removing the bolts and re-positioning the L brackets. It is very sturdy and the casters make it versatile to move around in the shop. It's present use is holding electrical equipment for upcoming jobs but after I retire I plan to use it for material storage. The shelving in your pictures looks a lot like "Gorilla Racks" and I have half a dozen of those along the walls. They are good for storing things long term but impossible to move should something fall behind them.