One of the hardest things I am trying to do is learn
CAD. I use Qcad in Linux, there is a fee for the pro
version but it is minimal and worth it to me, you also get
12 months free updates.
So trying and come up with a project that will be liked by
the household is difficult. I have cut out a few small
animals and painted them to go in the garden amidst the
flowers, as a cat, bird and butterfly, this time I thought I
would do a peacock planter. I drew it
when I had the burn out of the plasma cutter so was a
good test of the repair as there are lots of pierces!
I play at powder coating as well!
A lot of time is spent wondering about having machine X or
tool Y, should I buy it, could I make it?
Many times it is a case of, it would be nice if I could just
do such a thing. So we all have our projects. recently
I have built a Vibratory finishing tube, a roll bender and
the CNC plasma, well that has it's own page. The roll
bender and Vibratory tub are both a means to an end for
me. the Vibratory tub is used to de-burr steel,
generally after I have been using the plasma cutter, but
could be used to take the edges off lathe, milling or
general cutting work.
The bending rolls for taking straights and making them arced
or circular, be it flat bar of round tube.
So without further adieu.
The Vibratory Tub
I saw this project on the forums and thought to myself, I
could use one of them for myself, but not having the same
starting point such as a large tube as the original author I
had to change a few things around, I had steel sheet, bought
some angle and had the plasma, what more would I want.
(springs, bearings, motor etc).
Here is a simple photo diary of events, little by way of
words but I am sure you get the idea.
There are even a couple of youtube videos:
The Roll Bender
Again more of a picture explanation, rather than works, if
you need any explanations you can always email me.
The tube at the end formed a hoop used to operate the ring
roller. Here is a video of it in use.