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Had a little spare time to work on my reverse flow's

post #1 of 76
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I really think there is something wrong with me!!!! Last year I picked the hottest day of the year to blow insulation in my attic. This year I probably picked one of the top 10 hottest days of the year to start on my reverse flow's. Nothing real fancy, 42 inchs long by 18 inch diameter, 3/8 inch pipe and 1/4 inch end plates.

 

It had been awhile since I had the stick burner out, so I grabbed a hand full of 7018 and went after it. In a previous project I had cut a section out of the pipe, so I had to cut the door ends and weld them back in place before I could weld the end plates on. These were cut with my metabo and the end plates were cut with the spectrum 375 x-treme plasma cutter. I picked up a new hood last week and I'm here to tell ya this thing is like the caddy of helmets. It does not have any kind of filter but it had an exhaust built in so breathing does not fog up the lens, very cool feature that works. To many setting to talk about all of them but it can be set to stay light for grinding and then switch right to welding with out pressing any buttons. Another very very cool feature. The side windows are one of those extras that are just too cool, won't be anyone sneaking up on me and yelling WHAT YA DOING, and making me nearly pee my pants. I can be kinda jumpy sometimes LOL.

 

The chain hoist is to get the pipe back to the proper size for the door to fit.

 

The pick of the grinder is to show the mod I made to the guard so that I can run the 6" cut off wheels, it has a detent set-up so you dont have to loosen the friction clamp to move it. The detent is spring loaded and all I have to do it grab the guard and move it to the nearest detent that works for me.

 

And the plasma is super cool. I would like to suggest that anyone planning to buy one that may be buying one that they go with the next size larger then the 375. It cuts nice and I can actually cut 3/8 and make it look decent but going that slow its really hard to make a nice cut. Under 1/4" its great.

 

And I went ahead and posted the pic of me since its very rare that someone takes my picture, I go to extreme measures to avoid my pic being taken.

 

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post #2 of 76

lookin great man! i really need to get me one of those circle cutting guides. that's one sweet helmet!. i thought about stopping by today but the family wanted to get home. maybe next time i'm in the area!

post #3 of 76
Thread Starter 

Thanks Duck,

 

The circle thing is just a magnet, a bolt, 2 nuts, a drill bit depth gage, and then just a 1/4 inch rod with a washer welded to the end of it. Most of the time I rest the first two fingers on my left hand under the rod right up close to the washer, since I don't have the fancy wheel to keep the stand off right.

 

And OMG that helmet is the cats meow man, its unreal how much better you can see with a high quality lens.

post #4 of 76

Looks like a great start!!!!!!

post #5 of 76

awesome start!  Can't wait to see the finished product and the first Q-view!

post #6 of 76
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Well here goes!    Its not much but its all I managed to get done so far this week.

 

The fire box's are welded on, and working on brackets to mount the tank to the wheel assembly. I decided to make up a few templates for using the plasma so I don't have to drag the tip, since I'm not very steady I meed all the help I can get. I used a sheet of 1/2" MDF. Its pretty easy to make patterns and they actually hold up rather well. Now they may burn more when I cut thicker material but for now cutting 1/8 and 3/16 I should be good to go.

 

Oh yes there is a pic that shows how I bend the radius for my brackets and also for my door flanges.

 

 

Tomorrow I am going to try to get the legs on and then I can work on the doors and the reverse plate.

 

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post #7 of 76

lookin great! that's quite the roller ya got there, did you make that yourself?

post #8 of 76
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Could I get a little input from the viewing audience?

 

I am working on a jig to hold my smoker legs in proper position for welding, and I would like to hear how long the legs are on others side firebox smokers. If I were planning to keep these I would make them a comfortable height for myself.

 

At this point I have the legs cut at 27", the pipe is 18", so that puts the bottom of the door opening at about 36" from the ground. This was an educated guess at best. Its probably gonna end up at about 42" since I still have to make the wheels and they may be about 12" Dia. I hope the rain stays away tomorrow so I can get a little of this done. I have several more templates to make from the MDF and then cut the plate with the plasma. 

 

Thanks for any info anyone can offer.

post #9 of 76

Thats a hard one 42" would be great for me but may be a bit tall for shorter people. Unless its changed the standard for cabinets is 36" counter height. Maybe build one at 36" finished and one at 42" finished and make them really custom

post #10 of 76
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Thanks Piney, I got the legs on the first one today.

 

The day started out good enough, put my leg jig together and it was really starting to warm up. Being resourceful I headed out to the shed to find an old patio umbrella that was given to me 2 years ago. 20 minutes later I finally figured out how to work the darn thing and make a bracket to hold it. Just having the shade made a world of difference. This isnt as big as my 10 by 10 ez-up but it works better since there is only one leg.

 

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Hinges going on, just to see how crooked my door is. Finish man will get it, thats what we always said rough-in in houses anyways.

 

A little bit later I notice its getting cloudy, ( right after I mowed the grass LOL ) , I thought the kids were throwing stuff at me but I was wrong.

Here is what was landing on my back.

 

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It wasnt quite that hard when it started.

 

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No worries !!!!! All cords and leeds are still plugged in and machines turned on.

 

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The rain let up to a light drizzle so I managed to get the flange on the door.

 

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All that water and not even one good shock today!

post #11 of 76
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Here is a few more, gettin closer with each day. Had a minor little sna-foo today. Other wise known as a do-over. I got just a little carried away with the plasma cutter, and had to put part of it back together. Anyhow, the rails are in for the fire-box grate and I'm waiting till tomorrow to find some more re-bar for the grate.

 

Put the flange on the door and cut in the vent. And then re cut it and welded part of it back where it came from. Did up the hinges and door latch, leaving the grate and the reverse flow plate along with the food grate. Oh yes the stack also but thats not to big of a deal.

 

This is taking a little longer then it really should, so far I have only had to buy welding rod and the barrel hinges. The pipe was in the trash at work along with all the flange material. Now I did have to rip it to length before I welded it on. The 4x4 sheet of 1/4 was left over from a project I did for someone else. I am almost to the point that I wish I had just went out and bought what I needed in the right size. I think I have enough for the second rig so it may not be all bad. With any luck, I can sell both of these along with a drum or two, to help pay for my new trailer and ultimate smoker of my dreams.

 

I know this isn't a welding or project forum but I figured the mass of pics may someday help someone else thats in a build. I hope.

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post #12 of 76
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Originally Posted by duck killer 1 View Post

lookin great! that's quite the roller ya got there, did you make that yourself?

 

 

I forgot about your post duck. I picked it up at harbor freight awhile back.

 

http://www.harborfreight.com/compact-bender-38470.html
 

 

This one is a little different then mine, I got the bench version so I could cut it apart and make it work in my vise mount and also in my reciever hitch when I am away from home working. For hobby its great but to use it on heavy steel or to use it every day may be pushing it to its limits.
 

post #13 of 76

Nice project ya got going there.  I wish I had welding skills.

post #14 of 76

Nice build you have going neighbor.  I've been enjoying watching this thread although I am a little envious of your plasma cutter.   Can't wait to see them complete.  Was hoping I'd get a chance to work on my project before the weather turned south this afternoon but oh well. 

post #15 of 76

I just found this thread, nice work there Tom, you have the killer tools and welding skills!! I see the bucket truck are you a lineman?

post #16 of 76

nice progress, keep the pics coming. I'm with Pandemonium you must be a lineman?

post #17 of 76

great build ya got going i like your hos bender i started building one but heck you can buy one cheaper & better than i could build.

post #18 of 76

Those are looking great.  It must be nice having all the right tools.

post #19 of 76

Awesome. Love your skills and your tools. Can't wait to see more!!

post #20 of 76
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Originally Posted by Turn4fun View Post

Nice build you have going neighbor.  I've been enjoying watching this thread although I am a little envious of your plasma cutter.   Can't wait to see them complete.  Was hoping I'd get a chance to work on my project before the weather turned south this afternoon but oh well. 



I saw ur post and thought WOW heres someone from independence LOL. Such a world of people on the net and yet you never know when you may respond to your own neighbor. The plasma is a very cool tool, probally more cool then needed but still cool enough to have. It takes a pretty steady hand to make nice free hand cuts turn out nice and that, I do not have. But with a little planning and a pattern or jig I can ussually pull it off and end up with a nice looking part.

 

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Originally Posted by meateater View Post

Nice project ya got going there.  I wish I had welding skills.

Hey meateater thanks for the nice words. My skills arn't much man, they are all self taught, I have yet to attempt Tig but would like to try it some day. Untill sunday I ran all my beads with 7018 rod to try to freshin up on my stick skills. Me and the vertical up don't quite see eye to eye at this point in time, but with a little grinder work and a do-over or two I ussually pull it off.



 

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Originally Posted by pandemonium View Post

I just found this thread, nice work there Tom, you have the killer tools and welding skills!! I see the bucket truck are you a lineman?


Thanks Pan, the tools are a plus for sure. They are a benifit of my grass mowing and snow plow work I got going on. More or less I work my butt off to have cool stuff to play around with. My goal is to have a nice shop set up with in the next 5 to 10 years, along with having all the kids moved out and all out of college. Then I can smoke and build what I want when I want. If I can make a little cash welding or smoking then its all that much better. At least when I retire I should have my tool order filled, untill something really cool and new comes out.

 

And oh yes, being a lineman is my life, the only way to fly, for me any ways. What other job can ya have where you get paid to get High every day? And even after 23 years I still get the adrenilien thing going on when we work a storm or the middle of the night call outs. I don't climb alot anymore, my knees are getting a little wear and tear on them but I tell all my guys, don't doubt me, I would never ask them to do anything that I wouldn't myself do in a heart beat. Just last night I had to pull out the stops and show them how an old fat guy can still work circles around the youngins. All they could say was WOW we didn't know you still had it in ya old man. I don't consider myself old untill I can't do the work. Now today I felt a little old but I made it fine.

 

A lineman is a whole different breed of person.


 

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Originally Posted by raptor700 View Post

nice progress, keep the pics coming. I'm with Pandemonium you must be a lineman?


Thanks raptor, I was hoping to have an update with the drain and rf plate but with the call out last night and going and picking up a walk behind mower tonight I didn't get anything done at all, and tomorrow I have to do the mowing I have been putting off since sunday.


 

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Originally Posted by morkdach View Post

great build ya got going i like your hos bender i started building one but heck you can buy one cheaper & better than i could build.


Your right morkdach, for under 100 bucks I couldn't have even bought the steel for the hos look alike. Gotta be carefull tho, if you look at the pic of the bender again, the handle didn't come with the nice little bend in it. LOL, I was bending 1 1/4" 10 gauge square tube. After the handle bent I got the torch out and applied a little heat to help out. I did build my own bench brake thats in the background of the same pic, that will bend up to 20" wide 10 gauge or 1/4" up to about 2" wide for brackets.


 

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Originally Posted by MattS View Post

Those are looking great.  It must be nice having all the right tools.


LOL, I don't have all the right stuff Matt, almost but definatly not all. For now I just have to be creative. I would suggest that anyone thinking of buying a plasma, to go ahead and get the next size machine larger then they think they will use. Mine will cut 3/8" very nice and clean but its really slow. The next step up is a little more money but it pays off in the speed and quality of cut. I haven't checked around here but I would think that the rental shops would have plasms's for rent as well as welders. I may even check in to this if I have the need to cut a bunch of stuff over 3/16".


 

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Originally Posted by Smoke_Chef View Post

Awesome. Love your skills and your tools. Can't wait to see more!!

 

Thanks chef, probally the best pic will be when I have to bring my derrik truck home to load the thing on the trailer if I happen to sell it. Right now I am pretty sure that there is no way two guys could load it even onto my trailer.

It's hard to tell in the pics but the pipe is 3/8 wall, and the ends are 1/4"
 

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