Bearded Guy

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  1. Shipping food is actually pretty easy... I'm from texas and have family down there that ships me kolaches, fresh h-e-b tortillas, hot sauce, and occasionally Whataburger(plain, otherwise it gets soggy).... chapel hill sausage and other frozen meats too. Cheap $10 plastic cooler (small), wrap food in tin foil (for warm stuff), frozen stuff just fill cooler, add a couple frozen 16oz water bottles, tape it up tight, put it in a box and spend $40 to fed ex or ups overnight it. You can also check with your local pharmacy or feed store for styrofoam coolers/boxes that some medicine is shipped in. Most of the time they still have the freezer packs still in them and give them away so they don't have to crush them. Sometimes it is well worth the price of admission for a good taste of home. I bootleg food back everytime I am back home. I take an extra suitcase and fill it with food to put on the plane. My recent easter trip, I brought back 2 doz kolaches in a small cooler and they were still warm after a 6 hr airport/plane expedition.
  2. what can you make from a bolt?

    All by hand... power intervention would have been nice, but a 4lb'er and the edge of the anvil actually made quick work of it. Also a small coal shovel to get the small bits from the corners and hard to reach spots of the table.
  3. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    When i built mine, i kept the control panel in tact and cut off all the unnecessary plastic bits. I used the pressboard platform that is under the belt to make a box to mount it in. That way you can have a variable speed set up for cheap. I left the incline motor disconnected from the board, but i did debate on using it for the belt tensioner... i will snap some pics when i get home. Mine was only a blue, red, and green wire (i think) coming from the motor to circuit board, and same from the circuit board to the control panel. I set my desired speed and grind away, but it does automatically stop after an hour. I guess its a built in safety feature, which is a good thing.
  4. I'm not old, I'm just out of shape...

    Like Latticino said above, I have found that twisting the cable tighter before welding helps tremendously. I have over 300ft of cable to play with and I am still trying to figure it out. But i have found that twisting helps alot. Heat, flux, welding heat, wire brush, twist tighter, flux, welding heat again.... etc.... that is what has been working for me (most of the time).
  5. Source for quality flap disks

    Norton & Sait wheels are what i prefer. I've tried the PFerd wheels/disks from my other local welding supply and the cut off disks just dont seem to work right. They last longer, but they feel and smell like you are burning metal as opposed to cutting it. They do not cut well after about 10 min. Now PFerd does make a hybrid type flap disk that is more aggressive than a typical sander/flap disk. I love em, they are a good inbetween of an actual grinding wheel and a 80grit flap disk. Good for fast material removal without the big gouges from a regular grinding wheel.
  6. It followed me home

    Thanks Das, it is a wooden mallet. I figured for $1, it will be better than the oak branch i am currently using hahahaa. That lil vice is cute. I might mount it on the coffee table for the kids to use in the winter time to play with the solid copper wire they hammer on.
  7. It followed me home

    I had a friend stop by yesterday and drag me to the dreaded pike days festival that das mentioned. Been here 4 years and never been before, so i figured why not. It was crappy weather and most everybody was packing up early, so i didn't have to deal with too many people. I did spot a table full of tools in one yard and decided to stop. Thats where i found the mini vice and a few other random items. Talking with the guy, i said i was looking for a real post vice. He said follow me. Drove a mile off the main road to his house and there was the 4" post vice mounted to his work bench. Also scored all the little hammer heads from his garage for $10, and the nicholson file for $10. I figured i can't pass that up for that price.
  8. what can you make from a bolt?

    How about a calla lilly for mom....
  9. Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Made for my buddy, he gave me 2 broken cv axle shafts off his side by side. Figured i could at least make him a bottle opener out of 1 of em.
  10. That looks good. How big is the fire pot? One suggestion i have would be to trim a small section of the angle iron flush with the table top. That way you can lay your workpiece level into the sweet spot in the fire. That's just my opinion. Now, show us a couple pics of some hot steel in it.
  11. It followed me home

    Picked up a 1500# drum of high carbon steel blasting media for work. A couple gallon jugs are getting filled up to take home. The manufacturer puts it in the 1080-1090 classification. .96% - .98% carbon content.
  12. Thanks for wire idea Thomas, i will have to keep that in mind for the future. Unfortunately it is only a 2 sided shop with a roof & thick 60mil plastic walls to block the cross breeze at the moment. A temporary structure just to keep the elements away for now.
  13. So, i go out of town for a week and come back to see this.... i relocated it very carefully with gloves on to about 3ft away in a separate spot in the smithy... hopefully the robin wont abandon the eggs. If she does, the nest may just end up in a plexiglass box filled with polyurethane sitting on a shelf in the living room. Also found another nest in the frame rails of the 4x4 samurai...
  14. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    That shifter knob is awesome 58er. LBS, slow down a little, yer makin me feel like a chump. If i have half yer skill when i finally deciide to grow up, i will be pleased. Made the table (6ft) for a family friend that is letting my sister, her husband, and my mom stay at his place until they find their dream house. Cooked a bunch of crawfish for the family and friends, and this is what they all left me to deal with at 10pm. Will make some good red beans & rice or etouffee. There was still 2 more batches to cook after i took that pic... alot of mud bugs left... IT IS GOOD TO BE HOME (just for a visit)... hahahaaaa
  15. My own skinning knife

    Yeah, finally got it to upload. Hope this helps for a reference for now.