busy on Turkey day and quite happy ’bout it.
Alright, The Great IS decided that my last post needed to blasted into electron hell so what was posted was merely a title. I don’t argue (too much anyway) with the Great IS about things like this, but it is exasperating some days.
SO, While I had some decent stuff to talk about in that lost post, it might have been delivered in too negative tone, so move on.
Part of that post referred to this post by Fred Reed. It really only added fuel to the fire in my argument that we need to focus some of our preps into educational materials for future generations (and in many cases, our own minds. I have been using my Saxon Math books on a regular basis to improve one of my weak points, as just an example.)
BUT. To move on to a more positive aspect, I am going to post about one of the projects I have been involved in over the last couple of days. Another Brake Drum Forge.
This is one hell of a brake drum too: One from an Eighteen Wheeler. Seeing how much larger this drum is in comparison to the last one I made, The stand had to be much more substantial. 3” angle attached to a plate of 1/4” steel. I did try to weld the drum to the plate, and nearly succeeded, but that cast iron was far too capable of absorbing the heat of the weld and the welds cracked right off pretty quickly. That was done with an old Lincoln buzz box and I probably could have been successful if I had heated the drum first, but the mass of that thing is such that I might not have been able to get close enough to weld if I had heated it properly. Oh well, 1/2” bolts to hold it in place now and 5/16” bolts to hold the pipe flange in place and all is well again. I will tack the 5/16” onto the plate where they come through so that the temperature differences don’t walk them out over time.
Today, while the weather is warm, we will be lining the drum with firebrick and refractory cement. More to keep the heat within the drum than anything else. Running a forge of iron at melt levels with that mass would be unbearable to any but reflective heat suits. Glowing iron can catch normal clothes afire within a foot; Not exactly working conditions you realize I am sure.
Another project completed. Welding table.
Not as big as some I have worked on or near, but good enough for a small shop at this time. Later, if needed, a larger table can be built or this one can be extended in whatever direction needed. Why three legs? Well, the area where all of this equipment is going is not concrete. It will be simple stone compacted down. The reason is in hot metal. Spill 14lbs of molten anything on concrete and you have an instant reaction that is violent enough to remove parts of you or all of you from existence in this plane. Even the stone will react, to some extent, but it has better ability of shedding water downwards.
Three legs will make it much easier to level on that gravel. It will also allow us to use larger clamps in come areas of the table. No Jigs on it until projects are in process. It looks like a beautiful blank canvas to me right now.
Well, other things to do today, no football or any of that; Time to be productive and time ain’t waitin.