- Poor Bella. Fall down. Go boom. Under the "No Blood, No Foul" rules, she's allowed to cry. Busted lip. Not much blood. http://twitpic.com/523xp5 #
- Band saw blade, take two… (@ Home Depot C'ville) http://4sq.com/lrd4mT #
- Wanted: Broken Garage door & car springs, broken suspension & steering parts, broken metal tools, large pieces of heavy rusty metal, etc. #
- Anyone wanna take a guess as to what I am making now? Talk about recycling… nothing better than doing it at home! http://twitpic.com/525oa6 #
- I made a protoype wind mill. This one actually spins! I am thinking 8' tall may actually produce some power! http://twitpic.com/526hkc #
I made a natural lump charcoal forge tonight out of an old gas grill. I lined it with recycled bricks. The blower is a leaf blower.
Thus begins my journey into the world of blacksmithing. Yet another hobby for me!
Tonight I moved my paint can rocket heater into the garage. I wanted to give it a try in a non-windy space. It set up surprisingly quick once I found the right height spacer to set it on, some weights. It did take two tries to light it, but I tried to light it with very little paper without pre-heating it to get it to draft first.
I spent some time fiddling with wrapping it with bits of metal I had laying around trying to get it to shed some heat into the room. It did manage to warm up the garage 20 degrees, so not to bad!
I think it worked well enough to justify getting some proper stove pipe instead of the heat ducting and experiment some more. I would like to figure out how to get it to dump more heat into the room. I’ve an idea about wrapping the exhaust in a bit of ducting and maybe forcing air around the duct, maybe with an internal warm-air chimney. I would also like to bring in a fresh air intake from outside, which should significantly help with the heating properties of the device.
I think I need an IR thermometer to really do a good job tweaking this heater. Oh well. Time to raid the kitchen for the meat thermometer I guess.
Work was throwing out an old metal cabinet that the door fell off of. So, I helped them throw it out to my place.
Now that it’s home, I am going to fix the broken door with half a dozen rivets, rivet up the non-broken side as well, and I now have a nice, tired, scratched, dented, and banged up metal cabinet..
Sunday I went to Lowes and picked up some 2x4s, 2x6s, 1x12s, and a box of floorjoist hangers and other overpriced metal connectors. I spent a lot more then I needed to if I was just to screw this thing together, but I want it so it can be disassembled fairly easily (trying to back out dozens of screws with rounded off heads doesn’t count in my book).
I cut all the pieces to length.
My rough assembly showes that I measured about right, the cross peices will need to be cut down as they will be too long once I include the thickness of the metal brackets they slip into. I need to cut grooves into the 2×4 stringers to accept the 1x12s. This will allow the 1x12s to sit flush with the top of the 2x4s and lock into place I am hoping. I really hate beds that groan louder then you do when you get up in the morning.
Here it sits. I got everything out today, and it started to rain. Just my luck!