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Old 03-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #1891
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nope, just trying to suggest an alternative. you are reeeelly over reacting.
have fun.
You see the smiley faces after my comments, right? I'm picking on you just like you pick on me with all the spraypaint comments.

Please don't be offended.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:44 PM   #1892
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Hey - you took your helmet with you!
Sorry! Hard habit to break.It's 15" back to beak, 11" ear to ear, and 12" bottom to top.

Greatl looking rails, btw!
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:41 PM   #1893
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Sorry! Hard habit to break.It's 15" back to beak, 11" ear to ear, and 12" bottom to top.

Greatl looking rails, btw!
Thanks! ...and Thanks!
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #1894
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I hope it still lines up! Lots of heat went into this...



I finish up with a 60 grit flapwheel and bevel the leading edge.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:17 PM   #1895
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Hey Kirk,

When you gonna do sumpin sumpin like this, hm??

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:28 PM   #1896
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Wouldn't THAT be cool!!!! Shoot, I'd be happy with a small aluminum rowboat!


I have a couple nice projects I want to try...

This spring - a nice BBQ smoker, and a nice enclosed fire pit. We were looking at a camping trip to Fort Wilderness @ Disney, and the fire pit needs to be covered.

I still want to try my hand at a sidecar for the KLR, and I think I can pull it off with much research.

It all comes down to time and money. I usually have one or the other. Once I have enough of both, I can do something about it.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:27 PM   #1897
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I have a couple nice projects I want to try...

This spring - a nice BBQ smoker


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Old 03-11-2013, 09:44 PM   #1898
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When you gonna do sumpin sumpin like this, hm??

That is SWEET ! Nice work
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:10 AM   #1899
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yes it is nice work....whoever did it.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:25 AM   #1900
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Looks like they had to use an english wheel on a good bit of it.

Top notch craftsmanship right there!


Coffee's ready...time to get on the next build!
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:15 AM   #1901
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Don't you ever sleep?

Couple things I have learned on TIG'ing aluminum, stuff like that thick bar, hit it with a MAPP torch and preheat it. Make the start much easier.

I used to grind my green tungstens and then put a flat on them, and then they would "ball" up upon welding. I forgot where I heard it, but someone suggested DC+, about 80A on regular steel and it makes balling the tungsten stupid easy. And also easy to adjust the size of the ball. It's my new favorite trick. The DC+ thing is what threw me at first, but it works, just feather in the pedal and voila.

And I've also been spending a little more time with the SS brush and acetone wiping everything including filler rods. My Aluminum welding is better than my steel welding at the moment
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:24 AM   #1902
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When you gonna do sumpin sumpin like this, hm??

I used to work for a custom yacht builder as a designer. One of our customers owned an aluminum supply company and he wanted a gentlemans yacht. He had the entire thing CAD designed, waterjet cut and shipped to the yard on a truck. Every part was also labeled and engraved with slots for matching pieces. It really was like an erector set. Incredible to watch go together.

http://www.lymanmorse.com/boatDetails.php?boatID=26





And the owners "tender"



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Old 03-12-2013, 05:55 AM   #1903
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skidplate

Now that skidplate looks like it'll take a hit without folding like a cheap lawn chair!

It would be a crime to cover those welds with paint...looks like $1000 in dimes laying down in a row.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:22 AM   #1904
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Not when I'm off. 5 hours is "sleeping in" for me.

Yours is an inverter, isn't it? Miller doesn't recommend pure (green) tungsten on their inverter machines. I'm using 2% ceriated.

Also, the "balled" end is used on transformer machines (according to Miller), not their inverters. So, I'm using a pointed tip with a blunt on the end, and it stays sharp unless I crash it. If it balls, I know I have too small a tungsten for the amperage I'm at.

When I was running the air-cooled torch, it took a good 10 seconds with the pedal mashed all the way down to the floor @ 200A to get the puddle started on 3/16" al. With the liquid-cooled torch, I can start in about one second at 3/4 pedal and then back out of it as I move. It truly changed the machine. Plus, I'm using half the argon. So, in theory, the cooler will pay for itself after about 50 fill-ups of Argon. Only about 46 more bottles to go. Shouldn't take long now...

MAPP preheating sounds like a very good idea on air-cooled, but the liquid-cooled torch lights up right now. It's very cool. Plus, when I do crash the tungsten, by time I loosen the back cap, I can pull out the tungsten bare handed. The cooler is awesome. I had to wait 30 seconds or so on the air-cooled torch.

I honestly can't tell when I do cleaning on al. or not. Sometimes I brush, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I scotchbrite the filler, sometimes I don't. I don't see a difference either way, but my filler is new and the aluminum is new as well, so maybe that's why. I also set the cleaning action on the machine so I have a nice little white halo around the toes of the weld. TIG welding is fun isn't it? It's very overwhelming at first, but gets much easier after some good hood time.



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Don't you ever sleep?

Couple things I have learned on TIG'ing aluminum, stuff like that thick bar, hit it with a MAPP torch and preheat it. Make the start much easier.

I used to grind my green tungstens and then put a flat on them, and then they would "ball" up upon welding. I forgot where I heard it, but someone suggested DC+, about 80A on regular steel and it makes balling the tungsten stupid easy. And also easy to adjust the size of the ball. It's my new favorite trick. The DC+ thing is what threw me at first, but it works, just feather in the pedal and voila.

And I've also been spending a little more time with the SS brush and acetone wiping everything including filler rods. My Aluminum welding is better than my steel welding at the moment
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:23 AM   #1905
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I used to work for a custom yacht builder as a designer. One of our customers owned an aluminum supply company and he wanted a gentlemans yacht. He had the entire thing CAD designed, waterjet cut and shipped to the yard on a truck. Every part was also labeled and engraved with slots for matching pieces. It really was like an erector set. Incredible to watch go together.

http://www.lymanmorse.com/boatDetails.php?boatID=26





And the owners "tender"



Awesome work!!!!!!!!!
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