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 words,
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.