Projecting, tinkering, fiddle-farting around: whatcha building?

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If something breaks or quits I figure it's already not working so I can't mess it up any more so why not try to fix it.
Had a few failures and some stuff that I fixed years ago is still in use.
I have salvaged many things from appliances to a car that were thrown away for lack of a screw or a frayed wire.
Early on my repairs were because of lack of funds but I have done it so long that it is second nature and a challenge.
 

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Working through my first full harness replacement. This is using a Rebel Wiring Harness supplied by the owner. Being my first harness, I cannot directly compare it to anything else, but I have mixed feelings about it. The instructions leave an awful lot to be desired. Although a lot of it is straightforward, where there are questions you have to figure out your own answers. And there are certain things that I'd do differently if I was making a harness from scratch - to the point that I wonder why they did it the way they did it.

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Welded up. Need to weld in some pump pipe and then test it before I move to the next stage. View attachment 2261717View attachment 2261718View attachment 2261719View attachment 2261720
@The Jade Bean

I see you're willing to pay the convenience tax for the little bottle. 👍
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I did that for a while too, nice tight kart package, but found it empty too frequently when I wanted to tinker. 😫


Caveat I'm.just a tinkerer, and stick metal together with a 110 gun, but
I finally went for the 120Cf bottle. It's 100% more gas for like 25%-30% more money (give or take, I can't remember the details). It's not a liner co$t... it Gets cheaper per Cf as the bottle size goes up. The 120s are way cheap per CF that way, but that's a big bottle fer my little kart 😳
The 80 doesn't fit on the kart as well as the 60, of course, but I don't find I'm out of gas as often . . . 😉
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Very nice!
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@The Jade Bean

I see you're willing to pay the convenience tax for the little bottle. 👍View attachment 2263536

I did that for a while too, nice tight kart package, but found it empty too frequently when I wanted to tinker. 😫


Caveat I'm.just a tinkerer, and stick metal together with a 110 gun, but
I finally went for the 120Cf bottle. It's 100% more gas for like 25%-30% more money (give or take, I can't remember the details). It's not a liner co$t... it Gets cheaper per Cf as the bottle size goes up. The 120s are way cheap per CF that way, but that's a big bottle fer my little kart 😳
The 80 doesn't fit on the kart as well as the 60, of course, but I don't find I'm out of gas as often . . . 😉
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You can’t tell by the cart, but that’s a big bottle and I actually have another as a backup. The cart has the welder on top, plasma cutter in the middle and mask and extras in the bottom cabinet. :D
 

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First real welding project. It was a good experience because it forced me to weld in less than ideal positions (offhand, upside down, opposite hand, etc). I was fairly comfortable with MIG but ran out of C25 so I had to finish everything with TIG. That is definitely a bit harder but again forced me to practice and it was nice to see some visible improvement.

Basically the project consisted of 12 "L" shaped frames to support shelves in my shipping container. Most containers have what look like D rings mounted every 3' or so along the ceiling so the top of the frames have a hook that simply slide into the ring. I used 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" 0.120 rectangular tubing (with some 1/4" thick flat bar for the hooks), and 12" by 10' wood boards for the actual shelves. Machine is a Miller Multimatic 220.

To keep things relatively straight, I used these 90* clamps, which were easy to use and didn't cause things to distort like just magnets would do.



Finished set of 3 (used 3 frames per 10' shelf). I noticed that the frames did tilt slightly downward due to the location of the D rings so I added these braces at the bottom to keep them straight.





MIG welds not looking to bad. I started to get a feel for what the molten pool should look/behave like with correct settings. I played around with voltage and wire feed speeds to see what would happen when going to extremes.



Ugly offhand TIG welds when I ran out of C25 for the MIG gun.



After a bit of practice things started to look better! Again, played around with increasing AMPS and trying different size electrodes and filler rod.



All finished up and mounted in the container. Now plenty of room for more miscellaneous "stuff." Feels good to be able to make your own stuff too instead of buying things. I'm sure between time, consumables, and metal/wood costs it was way more expensive to make my own, but it was a lot of fun and I learned a few things along the way. Next project is a welding cart.

 
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First real welding project. It was a good experience because it forced me to weld in less than ideal positions (offhand, upside down, opposite hand, etc). I was fairly comfortable with MIG but ran out of C25 so I was forced to finish everything with TIG. That is definitely a bit harder but again forced me to practice and it was nice to see some visible improvement.

Basically the project consisted of 12 "L" shaped frames to support shelves in my shipping container. Most containers have what look like D rings mounted every 3' or so along the ceiling so the top of the frames have a hook that simply slide into the ring. I used 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" 0.120 rectangular tubing (with some 1/4" thick flat bar for the hooks), and 12" by 10' wood boards for the actual shelves. Machine is a Miller Multimatic 220.

To keep things relatively straight, I used these 90* clamps, which were easy to use and didn't cause things to distort like just magnets would do.



Finished set of 3 (used 3 frames per 10' shelf). I noticed that the frames did tilt slightly downward due to the location of the D rings so I added these braces at the bottom to keep them straight.





MIG welds not looking to bad. I started to get a feel for what the molten pool should look/behave like with correct settings. I played around with voltage and wire feed speeds to see what would happen when going to extremes.



Ugly offhand TIG welds when I ran out of C25 for the MIG gun.



After a bit of practice things started to look better! Again, played around with increasing AMPS and trying different size electrodes and filler rod.



All finished up and mounted in the container. Now plenty of room for more miscellaneous "stuff." Feels good to be able to make your own stuff too instead of buying things. I'm sure between time, consumables, and metal/wood costs it was way more expensive to make my own, but it was a lot of fun and I learned a few things along the way. Next project is a welding cart.

Niceñ
Is this a container workshop/storage shed?

Sweet!
 

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Niceñ
Is this a container workshop/storage shed?

Sweet!
Thanks. Just an ugly high cube 40'er. Its on some property that we plan on developing but no power right now so strictly for storage. But it did free up some space in our current garage so I have more room for projects there. I'm contemplating picking up a second container just for cruisers. Should be able to fit 3 in there.

At least the surrounding view is nice (not so much the container itself)


 

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Kid wants me to make a bike-handlebar basket for his puppy. 😆

(This is substitute puppy which allows emotional outlet, and he fully understands this is a surrogate at best. He lost orginal Puppy in The Maze Nov 2018)
Here's how this is going. 😇
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