Author Topic: Working on a new tiny shop  (Read 38256 times)

Offline PekkaNF

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1719
  • Country: fi
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #175 on: February 28, 2015, 02:52:40 AM »
I have done very little casting but always wanted to. More I read, more I'm convinced that i need to start from low tempreture stuff. But I read and try to learn.

But you guys! Sometimes I don't know if you are talkking real utensils, parts, methods, tools or just joking and mixing parts of s-type minoritties. Unicorns and cowcorns :lol:

But keep it on rolling, I finally get it when a leg getts pulled.

Pekka

Offline vtsteam

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4854
  • Country: us
  • Republic of Vermont
    • www. sredmond.com
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #176 on: February 28, 2015, 09:25:45 AM »
Well Pekka, the truthful part is I want to get the metal coming in at the bottom of the mold cavity, but using simple molding methods with this shape pattern, that area is inacessible. So one possible method of getting a passage for the metal to that point is to bury a horn shaped plug with the point down, at the spot where the metal needs to go, and then pull it out after the sand is rammed in place. Because it is both curved and tapered, it should come loose without disturbing the sand, and give a passage that you can pour into from above, and which chokes down to a small opening at the side and bottom of the mold cavity.

Does that make more sense?

I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
www.sredmond.com

Offline Manxmodder

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 743
  • Country: gb
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #177 on: February 28, 2015, 09:52:14 AM »
Steve,it is a real possibility that real horns may have been used at some time,just considering the fact that horn is easily whittled and sanded smooth and it is also easily shaped by heating and bending.
It therefore may not be such a silly idea after all.....OZ.
Helixes aren't always downward spirals,sometimes they're screwed up

Offline vtsteam

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4854
  • Country: us
  • Republic of Vermont
    • www. sredmond.com
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #178 on: February 28, 2015, 10:18:39 AM »
Yup, that's what I was thinking  :thumbup:
I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
www.sredmond.com

Offline vtsteam

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4854
  • Country: us
  • Republic of Vermont
    • www. sredmond.com
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #179 on: February 28, 2015, 10:20:58 AM »
But, I've already made the cheek flask the same height as the pattern, so a horn sprue will have to wait for another project!  :beer:
I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
www.sredmond.com

Offline vtsteam

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4854
  • Country: us
  • Republic of Vermont
    • www. sredmond.com
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #180 on: March 07, 2015, 10:00:10 PM »
I didn't have enough time for doing much today, so decided to paint one of the two pegboard panels in the shop white. The walls were originally white, but after putting the dark brown peg panels up, I've been squinting a lot more! John Sevenson's mention in the sander thread reminded me that painting them was a gonna-do that maybe ought to be done-done. So i found an old gallon can of off white buried in closet in the house with about a pint of thickened paint in it -- why we were saving that I don't know, but perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone! A little water and it loosened up, and I removed the tools, painted, put them back and we're half way there.

It does make a big difference in seeing things. Looking forward to doing the other side, and probably the galvanized metal ceiling, too.

I had kind of noticed the machining pics I took were brownish. Must have been reflected light from the pegboard. Wonder if they'll be brighter colors now?
I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
www.sredmond.com

Offline dsquire

  • In Memoriam
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2280
  • Country: ca
  • Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #181 on: March 07, 2015, 10:17:55 PM »
Steve

You can't get too much white in your worksop. Especially if you are paying the electric bill and/or you are taking photo's.   :) :)

Now you have officialy got your spring cleaning started.  :lol: :lol: :lol:

Cheers  :beer:

Don
Good, better, best.
Never let it rest,
'til your good is better,
and your better best

Offline Will_D

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 465
  • Country: ie
    • National Homebrew Club of Ireland
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #182 on: March 08, 2015, 06:03:10 AM »
Re Painting pegborads:

Sarted to layout all the tools and bits that came with the new mill.

Black tools on black pegboard - not a good idea.

So painted the boads white No Brainer.

Also the strip lights in the shop are fairly old warm white. They should be called Wornout White.

Got three new 5' Cool White strips and starters for 18 and when fitted gained one extra stop on the camera.

Thats nearly twice the amount of light
Engineer and Chemist to the NHC.ie
http://www.nationalhomebrewclub.ie/forum/

Offline vtsteam

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4854
  • Country: us
  • Republic of Vermont
    • www. sredmond.com
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #183 on: March 10, 2015, 08:17:17 PM »
Will, it definitely makes a difference

After painting the pegboard on the left side:

I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
www.sredmond.com

Offline vtsteam

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4854
  • Country: us
  • Republic of Vermont
    • www. sredmond.com
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #184 on: March 10, 2015, 08:18:07 PM »
And then I painted the masonite of the top of the bench as well:

I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
www.sredmond.com

Offline vtsteam

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4854
  • Country: us
  • Republic of Vermont
    • www. sredmond.com
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #185 on: June 27, 2017, 02:51:15 PM »
It's been a little over two years since I posted anything in this thread, but today I finally tackled something that has been bugging me all that time -- no handles on the drawers. One of those small jobs I just never seemed to get around to. Today, anticipating working on my lathe project, and wanting to organize the mess that the shop had become after working on the cistern for two summers, I decided that the first order of the day was going to be making and installing the 15 drawer handles I needed.

I used the old Gingery handle design of a wedge shaped wooden bar. Some scrap cherry, run through the table saw with the blade set to about 7-1/2 degrees -- ripping first, then chopping the ends at the same taper yielded a small box full of handle stock. Then I drilled and countersunk the wide face for screws.

Handles, done.

I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
www.sredmond.com

Online awemawson

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5375
  • Country: gb
  • East Sussex, UK
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #186 on: June 27, 2017, 04:15:50 PM »
Good to see you back in making mode Steve. I hope things in the workshop haven't deteriorated too much during your absence
Andrew Mawson
East Sussex

Offline vtsteam

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4854
  • Country: us
  • Republic of Vermont
    • www. sredmond.com
Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #187 on: June 28, 2017, 07:13:26 PM »
Thanks Andrew!

Nothing too bad in the shop. The new lathe doesn't look as shiny as it did, but we'll spiff it up as we go along.  :beer:
I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
www.sredmond.com