Homemade workshop kit

  1. ben8vgte

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    Here is some of the stuff I've been making over the last few months, all just to make life easier, practice with the tig and just have some fun :clapping:

    Started off with hydraulic press, I had the porta power and steel C section all ready and waiting for several years. But time and motivation were lacking, as is always the case.

    Started with chopping it all up and blasting it at work, the V'd the joints and tig root and 3.2mm 7016 Comets for fill and cap. I was a little rusty with the sticks in all honesty. I used some M30 bolts to hold the side's of the table together, with a nut each side so I can split the table off if needed. Then zinc primed and some celly postbox red I had kicking around.
     
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    Next up was a media blaster made out of a gas bottle, I used a 1 1/2" bsp filler and all the hard pipe was 1/2" bsp as that's what I had to hand. I had been looking at Brightsparks excellent idea for a grit valves http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=28960 But a lack of machine tools limited me somewhat.

    So I came up with a plan for a rubber lined one using some blast hose, G clamp, gas pipe and cog from a cam chain drive. Seems to work well enough and can be rebuilt if needed. All the pressure pot stuff was tigged, other bits like the legs and wheels stick welded. The blast hose is perhaps a little on the big side but was free from a worn out line at work, it just went on a bend the rest was all good! With a 2.5mm carbide nozzle from ace car parts and some ideas off here of how to mount it up all seemed to work well.

    I will be running a 2nd 3hp compressor when I get round to plumbing it in, hopfully a bigger nozzle as well.
     
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    Following that on was a waxoyl misty sprayer thingy, those ones you hand pump are rubbish and I wanted a fine mist to fill the cills ect. So I patterned one after a pressure blaster pot, with a interlock idea so can only be refilled with the air disconnected.

    I used all 6mm nylon pushfit hose and unions, with some micro irrigation 360 nozzle's for the spray. The idea is that the pot is under pressure (about 40psi) and force's the waxoyl out, then a 2nd hose mix's it with a larger volume of air to atomise it at the spray tip. The top fill valve was a nut used on a HGV spring clamp, it just happened to fit a sump bung I had to hand.

    Just tested it with water and the waxoyl will need thinning a bit, but you can use a small trickle of fluid (1 ltr every 10mins) and get a good mist. See here for a vid of the testing http://www.flickr.com/photos/wherearethedoors/9365432045/in/set-72157629187488949 with and without the extra air added..
     
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    Then as I was sick of faffing around folding sheet metal edges a quickly made sheet folder... Made out of bits and bobs I had to hand and arc welded together.

    I wish I had made one years ago!
     
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    So feeling very motivated and sick of tripping over tools as I'm working on my latest GTE project, I knocked up a tool cart after work. It will get painted when I get a chance and have decided it's all finished.

    Then a few bits for my slide hammer, the big hook was hammered out of a high tensile head bolt with the oxy set and rail road track anvil.

    The cheap panel hammer's and rail track were both hardfaced with the arc set, certainly made a difference to the hammer! It was recommended to me by a old boy, who used to be a panel beater and now is welding full time.
     
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    Cheers :) Yeah that's a dangerous site far too many good ideas, easy to spend hours on there browsing when I should get on with welding my car!
     
  8. Shox Dr

    Shox Dr Chief Engineer to Carlos Fandango

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    My, you have been busy :clapping:
     
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    Enjoyed your post, the things you can do with a two vice bench and a couple of lengths of angle handy for making sills. keep it up bud.
     
  11. ben8vgte

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    Thanks :) Yeah the double vice setup is handy indeed, another thing I wish I'd sorted sooner. One vice used to be in my old van then on the workshop floor for a couple of years..
     
  12. caveman Forum Supporter

    hi ben cracking bits of kit mate some real inspiration there.

    i have a gte that could do with some tlc if u would be intrested ;)
     
  13. ben8vgte

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    Hi and thanks :), are you on Astra mk2 OC? Bit snowed under with mine at the moment, the other one I have still needs a engine as well.
     
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    I changed the 3 pin to a blue site plug on my kettle, not done much since then !
     
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