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    Fireplace Tools

    Wow, Feels funny posting an actual project over here in the vortex. Everything seems all 'spinny'....

    Anywho, after I made the ember rake last week, Sharon and I decided that we didn't need to shell out the big bucks for pre-made fireplace tools so I decided to go ahead and make my own set.

    The last ember rake I made with 1/2" steel bar, and it's just too heavy, so I'm making another one. I have no idea what to do with the old one.

    I'll be making :
    • A Poker
    • An Ember Rake
    • An ash shovel


    So Here are some pictures of the progress so far.

    I've cut out the steel parts, bent up the shovel, welded things together where necessary. My welding isn't so good, but I'm getting a little better.

    Next step is to grind the welds down, and get started turning the handles....

    Laying out the parts on the steel
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    Playing with my little Harbor Freight Bending Brake (or is it Break)
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    Parts cut and bent
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    Ember rake Welded up
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    Shovel welded to the shaft
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    Ground a little concave bit at an angle to weld up the poker
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    All the Raw Materials
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Wow, Feels funny posting an actual project over here in the vortex. Everything seems all 'spinny'....
    Just stare at this for a while and you'll feel all better.



    Looks like a good start on the tools.

    We'll be staying tuned...

    BTW, for the metal bending tool, it's brake.
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    [QUOTE=Vaughn McMillan;243893]Just stare at this for a while and you'll feel all better.



    Don't no if it helped Brent, but it looks normal to me.
    Good job so far Brent. Just keep turning and it'll look normal to you to.

    Steve

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    Reminds me of those 3-D image books that you have to stare at to see the real picture. Actually, my eye doctor was impresses how my acuity improved after studying them (went to 20/10)...need to drag them out

    OK, back to fireplace tools...I much prefer them to be homemade...he's doing a good job

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    Nice! You inspired me talking about welding the other day so that I did my own little welding project...will post some pics this weekend.
    Darren

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    Cant wait to see. I'm a pretty bad welder, which means I have to do a lot of grinding...

    I really messed up one of the corners on the shovel, but learned my lesson, and the other corner went great.

    Welding and Turning are truly the dark arts....

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    I've never done welding but it's always fascinated me. I really want to try it. HF is always having a sale on their MIG welders. Gotta save up my pennies and invest in one sometime soon.

    Looking real good Brent
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    I love my mig, which is a Hobart 135. Migs are so easy to use that even a monkey can do it, just aim and pull the trigger. Getting the settings just right is as easy as listening for the sound of sizzling bacon.

    Haven't used the HF version, but the cable covers alone are pretty cheaply made. Almost thin vinyl and didn't look like they would hold up of a piece of metal fell over on them (which has happened to mine several times).

    I'd suggest trying one out by either renting or checking with the local welding supply. Also see if they've got any good sales, I picked mine up for just under $500 ($200 less than anywhere else), but I'm happy with the quality of it.

    I hadn't welded for probably 10 years or more. I bought mine and of course any new welder's first project is their cart...I went all out...

    http://picasaweb.google.com/libertys...s/WeldingCart#

    I'll have to find some better pics of the build, but the front wheels turn with the handle. The cart is great for pulling around the yard on projects and such.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    Mine was Free! My BIL gave it too me. It's a little generic welder, but once I got the settings dialed in, it seems to work fine.

    My problem is that I'm always trying to weld sheet metal and I burn right through it. I think I learned the solution to that yesterday, well, halfway through the shovel.

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    Welding also takes practice. I have a welder but I use to so seldom it is like a newbie learning again each time I drag it out and brush the cobwebs off.
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