Gas bottle to post box conversion

  1. decca

    decca Forum Supporter

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    Made a start on the gas bottle that I'm turning into a post box. The paint is a sod to get off used a flap disc but it cloths up and makes a right mess.
    Cut out the openings and started to form the peak.

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    Then I started on the rim for the peak.
    20190225_175826.jpg that's as far as I got but will keep updating until it's finished.
     
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  2. gordon stephenson

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    Nice, Looking forward to seeing it finished, I made these two a few years ago, Small bottle for my daughters farm track and other for a relatives business," Pennine fire and safety" Hence the letters and fire logo.

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  3. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Use these
     
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  4. ibrooks Member

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    Was just going to suggest some of those myself.
     
  5. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    There brilliant for what they are
     
  6. gordon stephenson

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    I usually just grind the areas clean that I’m going to weld. Then shot blast the whole thing when finish. That way the ground areas do not show differently through the paint.
     
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  7. decca

    decca Forum Supporter

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    Yes that's my plan Gordon, blasted after all the welding is done.

    Bit more progress today, made the letter opening

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    And sorted the hinges out for the door. Didn't want hinges visable so I coppied this from my Boxford base cupboard.

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    Forgive the terrible welding, I forgot to turn the gas on and had to go over it again.
     
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  8. decca

    decca Forum Supporter

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    Today’s progress, wrapped a sheet of steel around the base to hide the gas bottle stand and trimmed the door.
     
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  9. R-D-R Forum Supporter

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    love that and I might steal the idea if I may but to make a replacement parcel safe rather than post box. We have one but its cr@p and I want to make one, a 47kg bottle would be a perfect starter.
     
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  10. selectedgrub

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    Would be a shame to paint it.
    I like the raw look and it would look even better when it starts to rust.

    Good work, thanks for sharing.
     
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  11. Bear

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    That looks great. Well done and great vision :thumbup:
     
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  12. Stingray Member

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    I made a replica post box for someone about 30 years ago, they wanted it for the bottom of their drive because they had two big Alsatians that used to chase the postman, I made it and painted it post office red, only problem was people kept putting letters in it, I think they ended up painting it black to stop people putting mail in it...
     
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  13. decca

    decca Forum Supporter

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    Got the paint cleaned off. The guy doing it said he would do it chemically but that didn't touch it so he had to blast it off. Did a canny job though.

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    Then made the plate for the front of the door
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    And got a coat of primer on it. 20190320_115409.jpg
    Nearly finished now, should get it painted this week and the door finished and fitted soon.
     
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  14. 8ob

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    Nice work:thumbup:, may be an idea to drill a drain hole in the bottom of the postbox. Can see water getting in there and the post turning into a big sponge.

    Bob
     
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  15. decca

    decca Forum Supporter

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    Cheers Bob but it's for my son's wedding, it's an indoor post box. You have it at the reception and people put cards etc in it.
    New to me.
     
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  16. addjunkie

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    Good job its indoor, up your way it would go walkies in the back of a white transit pick up, like most other metal things not bolted down.

    Post wedding would be ideal for a school, with the christmas card thing.
     
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  17. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    :thumbup: you're giving me feelings of inadequacy :laughing:, all I've managed to 'morph' gas bottles into so far are a BBQ for my son

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    and my 'tyrepumperupper'/'latheblowerouter' - at least it's dual function......:whistle:

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    Just waiting for Euro connectors to arrive so that I can test. They're on their way from England via China I suspect......:rolleyes:
     
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  18. decca

    decca Forum Supporter

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    Love the BBQ.
    Could be my next project.
     
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  19. decca

    decca Forum Supporter

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    Been a while but got the letters and crown cut out by John on his cnc plasma and got them fitted

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    Painted and gold leafed,
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    And finally finished.

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    All ready for the wedding in July.

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    Really enjoyed this little project and thanks again to Doubleboost for an excellent job on the letters.
     
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  20. selectedgrub

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    Stunning.
    Awesome job.
     
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