T Bourke's blog

Moving to Las Vegas

The wife and I are embarking on a new adventure! We have been looking for a place to move to and a few months ago we went on a vacation to Las Vegas. We stayed with friends and got a chance to see the rest of the city. We liked it so much we decided to move there from Wisconsin.


Trying some thing new, vinegar soak

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After a little reading I decided to see how vinegar worked for cleaning slag, rust, and other gak off of some pieces I just welded up. Just a room temp soak over night. I could see mill slag and the white gak from welding floating off pretty quick. If this works I really like the idea of a vinigar soak to clean stuff up before a final wash and finish. If it works I have several pieces to do it with.


It has been a while, new toys (umm tools)

Hello, I was just reading over my old posts here and realised it has been a while. I am in the process of building xmass presents for the family. Since I last posted here I have upgraded my shop a little bit. I still have the old AC stick welder. I dont use it becasue the rods tend to get old and damp in my garage. I may build a dehydrator for them. When I know I will need it for really thick stuff I can warm them up the day before and get them ready to use. I now have a Lincoln 140 wirefeed. I am glad I already knew stick welding.


I need to make sure this weld is strong.

I am working on a project where I need maximum strength.

I am making some stands for portable lighting. The bases are 1.5" thick plate steel. I need to weld a forged 1.5" socket to it. I have some similar to these ordered:


My latest project, tag alder.

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Here is a link to my latest project. It includes pictures from start to delivery!
http://www.incertclevername.com/?p=86


getting ready for Halloween

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Getting ready for Halloween this year. I have 2 of these by my walkway to greet the children.


My first commission.

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Here is my first commission. I had some of my work displayed at a garage sale My wife was having. It sparked some interest and two people asked me about making stuff for them. This one actually worked out and I made this steel cut out for her. She breeds Doberman Pinscher's. She is going to have a friend air brush it. It is then going to end up donated to an organization that helps Doberman's who need medical attention the owners can't afford.


Carbon rod arc heating

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In my research for a cutting and heating rig I was reminded of carbon arc rods. My dad had a 2 rod torch but I don't ever remember it getting used. I read up on it years ago. In the last few days I thought about it again and started researching. I found some info about 2 rod and single rod heating. I am thinking I want to try single rod for heating. My local supply house has several sizes from 5/32" up to 1/4" At $20 bucks a box I think I am going to pick some up. However before I do I need to know what size? I have an AC only welder that can do 30,45,60,80,100 on up to 200+ amps. I plan on heating large nails up to 5/8 rebar for bending and maybe cutting.


Oxy-propane setup.

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I have been reading every post on torches here and spent some time on Google looking for the best way to do this. I am looking for confirmation that I am looking at the right way to go about this.


Dragon

Made a dragon out of rebar and some other stuff. This is before I have it cleaned up.

A friend I sent the photos to says it needs more of a face. I think I need to get better at welding!


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