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    Quote Originally Posted by psacustomcreations View Post
    Thanks Terry.
    She also wanted a wall decoration made out of aluminum rings.
    This was probably easier than the fire pit ring. There is still a lot of cutting, sanding, welding, sanding, welding the other side, sanding, brushing etc.


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    Re: Scrap metal art or projects

    Here is a trick I came up with today that may help others.

    I was working on another one of those abstract pillars. The top has a compound curve that I was having a hard time duplicating. I needed a way to help force or clamp the metal against the sides. Since the piece is 6 feet long, I don't have bar clamps that big. Ratchet straps like Bob used would not work for me.

    I put a stopper clamped at the end of the welding table then extended my vise. I then used the moving jaw of the vise to act as a ram or porta power. It closed up the gap very easily.

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    Re: Scrap metal art or projects

    Quote Originally Posted by psacustomcreations View Post
    Here is a trick I came up with today that may help others.

    I was working on another one of those abstract pillars. The top has a compound curve that I was having a hard time duplicating. I needed a way to help force or clamp the metal against the sides. Since the piece is 6 feet long, I don't have bar clamps that big. Ratchet straps like Bob used would not work for me.

    I put a stopper clamped at the end of the welding table then extended my vise. I then used the moving jaw of the vise to act as a ram or porta power. It closed up the gap very easily.


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    That's really cool looking Pat, what is the material thickness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by psacustomcreations View Post

    I put a stopper clamped at the end of the welding table then extended my vise. I then used the moving jaw of the vise to act as a ram or porta power.
    Frickin' brilliant! Used it like a the tail vise on a woodworking bench. Never in a million years would I have thought to try that. Probably not even in two million years!

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    Get a few pipe clamps on 3/4" pipe. I really don't like them overall, but they have one big advantage - limited only by the length of pipe. And even then, you can use a coupler to tie together 2 sections to make them even longer. They are worth their weight in gold when you need a super long clamp.

    I like your ingenuity. Yes, just like a tail vise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LtBadd View Post
    That's really cool looking Pat, what is the material thickness?
    Thanks. This is 14 gauge material. Overall it it not too heavy so that is nice. I will add some weight to the bottom plate on the inside so it nice and stable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davec View Post
    Get a few pipe clamps on 3/4" pipe. I really don't like them overall, but they have one big advantage - limited only by the length of pipe. And even then, you can use a coupler to tie together 2 sections to make them even longer. They are worth their weight in gold when you need a super long clamp.

    I like your ingenuity. Yes, just like a tail vise.
    Thanks. Pipe clamps are a good idea. I do have a few 1/2" pipe clamps that are 18" long or so, but did not think of them. This piece has a series of curves in it and the top is about 4-5 inches smaller than the base. I would also have needed to modify the jaws or extend them somehow to give me more reach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    Frickin' brilliant! Used it like a the tail vise on a woodworking bench. Never in a million years would I have thought to try that. Probably not even in two million years!
    Thanks. I have seen woodworking benches with the tail vise. Once I put the piece on the table, that is what I thought of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psacustomcreations View Post
    Here is a trick I came up with today that may help others.

    I was working on another one of those abstract pillars. The top has a compound curve that I was having a hard time duplicating. I needed a way to help force or clamp the metal against the sides. Since the piece is 6 feet long, I don't have bar clamps that big. Ratchet straps like Bob used would not work for me.

    I put a stopper clamped at the end of the welding table then extended my vise. I then used the moving jaw of the vise to act as a ram or porta power. It closed up the gap very easily.

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    Cool idea! Thanks, man!

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    I also have one pair of the Mastodon Jaw extenders for pipe clamps. A quick search makes it look like they stopped making them, but you can probably find on evil bay. They allow for much deeper reach when you need it but they are a bit awful to use all the time as they don't want to stay put (rotate around) too easily as they are heavier than the regular jaws.

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    What a great name MASTODON jaws! I love it.
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    You can see how they thought of the name when you look at them. Look like tusks off ancient Woolly Mammoths or the like
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    Here is what the pillar looks like complete. I tried to stop the rusting process today since it had some really nice streaks or patterns. I really should have stopped it last night when there were a few more mill scale colors left. I had washed it, but neglected to neutralize it and protect it with satin clear coating so it oxidized a bit more.

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    Looks good from where I'm sitting
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    Looks great!
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    That finish is perfect Pat. The shape and finish appears to resemble a fancy carved chunk of tree trunk. I think this is the most impressive piece yet.
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    Thanks Tony, Richard, and Bob.

    I liked the variations and thought it looked like a tree as well.

    I used the same aging technique I described before. It is interesting because the finish can vary quite a bit.

    As good as it looks now, I wish you could have seen it last night. There was a bit more color variation and it really could have been mistaken for a tree.

    The satin clear coat darkened the finish a bit and I like the result.

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    Pat,
    you're killing me with that patina! I like it better with the darker copper highlights! Sheesh you own that process- nicely done.

    lots of prospects in the curved, tapered, angled "obliques" and its really enjoyable watching you explore them.

    thanks for the great post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Morin View Post
    Pat,
    you're killing me with that patina! I like it better with the darker copper highlights! Sheesh you own that process- nicely done.

    lots of prospects in the curved, tapered, angled "obliques" and its really enjoyable watching you explore them.

    thanks for the great post.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks Kevin. This technique can produce some great results

    I like these shapes for sculptures and am doodling a bit to come up with a few other ideas. It is a fun shape to explore.
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    I spent part of today cutting these cylinders apart. The black ones are 16 inch diameter fiber wrapped natural gas tanks. I picked them up years ago and finally got around to checking them out for bells. For a size comparison, the red on in front is a typical steel scuba tank. The grey ones are aluminum CNG tanks that are 10 inches in diameter and about a half inch thick. They sound pretty good.

    The fiber wrap came off easily enough with the zip disc. Then it was on to cutting the ends off.

    The small black tank had 3/8" side walls so it took a couple of discs and about 15 minutes and it was done. It has a nice sound and weighs about 70 pounds.
    The larger one is 7/16" thick side walls and took about 20 minutes. It is a heavy sucker and weighs about 150 pounds I am estimating. I used a two pulley rope system to lift it into the tree. It also has a pretty good sound. These two tanks should make great temple bells.

    When I came out of the shop I also saw this little visitor climbing out of the front of my truck.

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    That snake is lucky it didn't get caught up in any pulleys the next time you went to start the truck. Nice truck btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    That snake is lucky it didn't get caught up in any pulleys the next time you went to start the truck. Nice truck btw.
    On Monday I have to take the truck in for its annual state inspection. Imagine the look on the mechanics face if that came out during the inspection.
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    Yep I can hear it now “sorry the truck won’t pass inspection until you have the aftermarket items removed” and snake oil is not good. LOL
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    I think I will call this one, "Everest".
    Rusty mild steel with a shiny stainless steel peak.

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    Another piece complete. I had initially drew up the design posted yesterday and this one in a program called "QCAD" which I can use to send dxf files to a friends plasma table on occasion. This time I was not able to use his table.

    Once I printed out the design, I then transferred it to "PSA CAD", or "PSA Cardboard Aided Design" for layout and to see what it looked like full size.

    While the piece of stainless from yesterday was welded, this one is just affixed with high strength double sided tape. I wanted to see how it looked to decide if I will keep it this way or do something different.

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