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    Made a simple bending tool out of a garden stake - worked beautifully.
    Dang if I don't keep forgetting to make one of those! First saw the idea on Iron Trap Garage and thought it was genius. He even set the depth on his little cut so he could walk down a sheet and get the bend exactly where he wanted it.

    Guess I know what today's project is!

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    The picture I'm working from had the guy wearing a helmet/headress thing. I picked up a bunch of 1" steel blanks, laid them out, and will plug weld them on.
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    Liking my drawing tools - first effort on the eyes looks way better then when I freehand it.
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    Today's progress was pretty good. Had to take a couple breaks from the damn heat but did OK.

    Paint removed, kerfs laid out.
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    Made a simple bending tool out of a garden stake - worked beautifully.
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    Relatively quick and easy - took my time and took several laps around each perimeter until I felt it was right.
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    Welded and ground (lots of ground lol).
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    I'm still going to put a 3/16" rod/ring around the neck and tack it in. I rolled it before welding the two together.
    A tool like that with the slotted plate welded on an angle to a piece of pipe is what we used for twisting I beams into proper alignment when building large oilfield skids. Also used it to tack on the back of checker plate and then pry on the I beam to pull it tight. Very handy for many projects.

    In the pics. above I see you cut a couple round discs for eyes with a torch. Lower your oxygen pressure and clean your tip really good. Should be able to get a cut with very little slag to clean off. A circle burner attachment works very good. Have seen real simple ones made by welding a point on the U bolt from a cable clamp. It clamps fairly loosely on the cutting attachment so as not to distort or bend it. The point is long enough to hold the tip the about 1/4" or so off the plate so it's the right height to have clearance from the flame.
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    The eyes are just disc magnets I use as place holders - they caught a bunch of the drill shavings. Some day I'll get a torch kit though...

    I like it - I'll probably use cold blue to darken it when I'm finished with the rest.

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    Man, I'm really starting to hate these eye surrounds. Using 1/16" rod, easy to bend but after 3+ hours of try, try again - this is the best I could come up with before walking away for the day.

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    I'm going to work on the nose and mouth today - maybe they'll distract enough so the eyes aren't so noticeable.

    Pat - I do love the carbon paper! Thanks again for the tip.

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    Aaaaaand... ran out of cut off discs. Between that, being 106 at 10am already - that's the spirit telling me "that'll do pig, that'll do".

    I like the nose - this thing seems to going towards an eagle. No complaints.
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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Looking good !! As for your eye surrounds, maybe consider a couple of pipe rings.
    If you prefer a depth of field, cut rings 1/2" or 5/8". Then use discs inside.


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    Worked on the mouth after work today. In the pic, it kind of looks like he has a protruding bottom lip so I mimicked that. The upper lip is rebar, I ground down the ribs a bit so they weren't so prominent and used built-up weld at the corners.

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    I can shorten the bottom lip if I need to - have to stare at it a few days to decide. Man, the metal stump is absolutely handy as hell. Laid the rebar in it and curved it with a few smacks. same with the eyebrows and the dot on his head.

    I think I might run a length of rebar around his forehead in that groove. I like the "rope" look it has, might make the top look more like a hat/helmet.

    Tomorrow - start on the salmon!
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    Anyone have experience on using an angle grinder with zirconia discs on steel? I'm trying to figure out a way to better smooth and remove most the blemishes from the tanks and I think this might work - but the high speed might be an issue?

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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

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    [COLOR=#141414][FONT="]Anyone have experience on using an angle grinder with zirconia discs on steel? I'm trying to figure out a way to better smooth and remove most the blemishes from the tanks...
    For stripping paint and crud from around rivets and other small protrusions, these finger disks are awesome. I think they work best on aluminum because paints don't stick well to the stuff, making it a lot easier to remove. Still, a handy tool for the toolbox. Scott Turner shows them being used in one of his videos.....

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    It's really amazing to see how they get into the little nooks and crannies that usually leave me frustrated!


    When I'm cleaning up my dragon fangs, I rely heavily on the scotchbrite pads for my angle grinder. I have them in fine, medium and coarse, and they do a great job of blending away any ugly marks. I was surprised at how effective they are, really. I'd have thought they'd wear down to nothing in no time flat, but they really do last and make it easy to get a uniform look no matter how much burned on knight and gnome there might be on the things!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/11406758859...id=17014488201

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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Tickled pink with how the fish came out this morning! Rough cut them from 1/8" steel I've had for a while.

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    Heated in the forge and used a shrinking hammer for the skin. Hammered them into shape and used a chisel for the fins.

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    I left the discoloration on the bodies and shined up the heads. Drilled the eyes and tried to grind frowny mouths - maybe some cold blue will help them look better.

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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Looking very good.

    In regards to surface conditioning discs, I have use the two types Vaughn recommended and agree. I also use combination discs like these for a smooth finish. Walter makes some very good discs that last a long time. They are not cheap though.


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    I'm going to track down those flapper/conditioning discs - your experience is invaluable - thank you both.

    After a brief cool-off, went out and finished the fish. Drilled a few holes behind the fins and plug welded them on. I have these grey fibrous discs that are pretty gentle, but also wear away quickly. They did a nice job shining up the fins and the head (and removing the heat bluing from the welding).

    Tomorrow - Arms!!!

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    Where has this guide been all my life lol.

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    I actually managed to weld 16ga without blowing holes in it!

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    Tomorrow I want to make the shoulders using the kerf/pie cutting method. My question is:

    I need to bend the cuts in a radius to form a shoulder curve.

    My first thought is to hammer them over a hitch ball I have as a tool. I'd rather use something like the slotted bending bar I made earlier, but I'm not visualizing the shape the fulcrum needs to be (if it would work in the first place). Any other ideas would be most welcome.

    Maybe something like this?
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    And sometimes I just need to step back and reassure myself that I am actually making progress...
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    Not the order they'll be stacked in, and the connections will be closer together, but still cool to look at.
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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Your bending bar idea should work. It's just bending the steel around a form, basically. Just understand that there's going to be bounce-back and the steel won't bend exactly like your bender. But, it'll get you more uniform bends from one tab to the next. Might have to play with the radii a bit.


    Overall, the thing's looking great. I love the depth and detail!

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    Arms are coming along very well. Took me 2 days to get this far on "Smoker" - this was only 4 hours (hey, for me - no complaints).
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    Definitely getting the hang of the slice and dice process.
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    Looking good, shootr!


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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Shootr,
    Here are some of those finger type conditioning discs that fit a roloc die grinder.

    I bought the green from a member a while ago. The yellow was a sample when I attended Fabtech.



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    I used to sell a ton of those off my tool truck - brake guys loved 'em. Good gasket scrapers too.

    I did get a 5 pack of the scrubby type discs - I'll be giving them a try next weekend.
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    I did get a 5 pack of the scrubby type discs
    Looks like 3M scotch bright.
    But probably a cheaper knock off.
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    You'll love those scotchbrite disks. I forget the color code for which are most aggressive, but I found that any of them do a good job of smoothing things out once you're done with the stone wheels. It's really a question of working through the colors so the finished bare metal has the right scratch pattern for what you're doing. The coarse scotchbrite can be a bit too aggressive, imo, and leaves deep scratches that need to be removed by a softer grit.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with next. You're doing great work and I'm loving living vicariously through you!!

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    I forget the color code for which are most aggressive, but I found that any of them do a good job of smoothing things out once you're done with the stone wheels. It's really a question of working through the colors so the finished bare metal has the right scratch pattern for what you're doing. The coarse scotchbrite can be a bit too aggressive, imo, and leaves deep scratches that need to be removed by a softer grit.
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    I got the red, the vendor said it was in the middle of the range so I figured a good place to start.
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    Mid-July... This is about when even us natives are about tired of this ****.

    Made it til noon, hit 110 and I was wasted. Spa is at 89 but still cooled me back down.

    1.5 arms/hands done.

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    I thought fringe on the sleeves would be a nice touch.
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    Love the fringe. I'm really impressed with the whole project you've got going here.

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