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    I know that this is not a welding project, but I would just like to show you what I have been working on! I started a business making pre-cast concrete countertops. Here are a few pictures of finished products!
    Attached Files
    Miller Syncrowave 200
    Miller Spectrum 875 Plasma Cutter
    Miller Milermatic 135
    Ridgid Drill Press
    Ridgid Chop Saw
    36" Metal Break
    Harris Toarches
    English Wheel
    Ingersoll Rand, 18.1 cfm Compressor
    30 gal. Sand Blaster
    Planishing Hammer
    150lb Anvil
    10" Swing Logan Lathe

  • #2
    Hey those are nice looking...Bob
    Bob Wright

    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    • #3
      looks good,,, i watched a dirty jobs episode where they did the very same thing, you might want to goggle that show, if you haven't watched it already.
      Anything you could do, I could do better.
      I can do anything better than you!
      Lockheed Martin
      Armco Steel, Baltimore
      USW local #3185

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      • #4
        Here's Some I did in my home a few years ago:





        Miller Syncrowave 200
        Homemade Water Cooler
        130XP MIG
        Spectrum 375
        60 year old Logan Lathe
        Select Machine and Tool Mill
        More stuff than I can keep track of..

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        • #5
          those look real good, whats the price range something like though? what woul u charge for the counter tops in the second picture?
          Lincoln tombstone AC/DC
          Hitachi Chop saw
          Victor HEAVY Duty Torch set (propane)
          ATLAS Model 618 Steel lathe Traded for a RED face SA 200
          Hitachi Grinders
          Lot of hand tool and hammers
          150LB Anvil+ a forge
          Lincoln SA 200x4
          MillerMatic 212 auto set

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          • #6
            They look great! How did you learn the process? Is it difficult? I was thinking of doing a concrete counter top for my bbq island.
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            Mike Accardi
            Henderson, NV
            maccardi@michaelaccardi.com

            Millermatic 250x with Spoolgun
            Lincoln Weldpack HD
            Lincoln AC-225

            "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."
            Albert Einstein
            ****************************************

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            • #7
              Originally posted by accardmi View Post
              They look great! How did you learn the process? Is it difficult? I was thinking of doing a concrete counter top for my bbq island.
              I bought their book: http://www.concreteexchange.com/
              Miller Syncrowave 200
              Homemade Water Cooler
              130XP MIG
              Spectrum 375
              60 year old Logan Lathe
              Select Machine and Tool Mill
              More stuff than I can keep track of..

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              • #8
                Cci

                I went to The Concrete Countertop Institute in North Carolina. It is an awesome class that will teach you everything from the structural engineering of countertops, to concrete mix formulas, forming, grinding, finishing ecc… after taking the class you will be able to make a superior countertop surface.
                here is a link to check out http://www.concretecountertopinstitute.com/
                Miller Syncrowave 200
                Miller Spectrum 875 Plasma Cutter
                Miller Milermatic 135
                Ridgid Drill Press
                Ridgid Chop Saw
                36" Metal Break
                Harris Toarches
                English Wheel
                Ingersoll Rand, 18.1 cfm Compressor
                30 gal. Sand Blaster
                Planishing Hammer
                150lb Anvil
                10" Swing Logan Lathe

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                • #9
                  Concrete and welded Steel bench

                  here is a bench i made this week!
                  Attached Files
                  Miller Syncrowave 200
                  Miller Spectrum 875 Plasma Cutter
                  Miller Milermatic 135
                  Ridgid Drill Press
                  Ridgid Chop Saw
                  36" Metal Break
                  Harris Toarches
                  English Wheel
                  Ingersoll Rand, 18.1 cfm Compressor
                  30 gal. Sand Blaster
                  Planishing Hammer
                  150lb Anvil
                  10" Swing Logan Lathe

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                  • #10
                    Grill Surround

                    one more project! outdoor grill surround to match bar-top and bench!
                    Attached Files
                    Miller Syncrowave 200
                    Miller Spectrum 875 Plasma Cutter
                    Miller Milermatic 135
                    Ridgid Drill Press
                    Ridgid Chop Saw
                    36" Metal Break
                    Harris Toarches
                    English Wheel
                    Ingersoll Rand, 18.1 cfm Compressor
                    30 gal. Sand Blaster
                    Planishing Hammer
                    150lb Anvil
                    10" Swing Logan Lathe

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                    • #11
                      thank you!

                      Originally posted by Xenon467 View Post
                      those look real good, whats the price range something like though? what woul u charge for the counter tops in the second picture?
                      Thank you! Our base price is $75.00 sq/ft
                      Miller Syncrowave 200
                      Miller Spectrum 875 Plasma Cutter
                      Miller Milermatic 135
                      Ridgid Drill Press
                      Ridgid Chop Saw
                      36" Metal Break
                      Harris Toarches
                      English Wheel
                      Ingersoll Rand, 18.1 cfm Compressor
                      30 gal. Sand Blaster
                      Planishing Hammer
                      150lb Anvil
                      10" Swing Logan Lathe

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                      • #12
                        I was thinking it would be cool to make a concrete surface to mount my 8x24 table-top lathe. I figure that would clobber any chance of vibration. Ah yes, another project.

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                        • #13
                          Another Project

                          This is my kitchen countertop. Industrial Grey, with Under-Mount Sink, and Integrated Drain Board. Also note Stainless Steel Backsplash made from scrap i picked up from the recycling center and treated with a 3M pad.
                          Attached Files
                          Miller Syncrowave 200
                          Miller Spectrum 875 Plasma Cutter
                          Miller Milermatic 135
                          Ridgid Drill Press
                          Ridgid Chop Saw
                          36" Metal Break
                          Harris Toarches
                          English Wheel
                          Ingersoll Rand, 18.1 cfm Compressor
                          30 gal. Sand Blaster
                          Planishing Hammer
                          150lb Anvil
                          10" Swing Logan Lathe

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                          • #14
                            "Counter-Point"

                            Jesse: Those all look really nice. How much does that kitchen counter weigh? Do you use 3/8" rock and mix the color in the batch? 2500# mix?
                            As the counter top will be subject to water, do you add entrained air in your mix?

                            The outdoor types are very popular out here in Phoenix.

                            Again, looks great, like a granite top!
                            "Bonne journe'e mes amis"

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                            • #15
                              Info

                              At this point we are using CSA (calcium sulfoaluminate) Cement with a water to cement ratio of 0.35. This gives us compression strength of 10,000psi. As for aggregate it is all the Clients choice. We usually use a standard pea-gravel mix (many sizes of stone) because this will produce a denser mix. Small Stones fit between large stones. But we can also replace the stone with Colored Glass pieces as seen in the desktop picture. Or subtract it all together (use a sand mix) to get the desired look that we are going for. Color is added in the mix using natural or synthetic pigments. It is colored all the way through!. This means you will never have to worry about the finish rubbing of, as with staining. There is also Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete where you use structural rated glass fibers in place of the stone. This will also produce a stronger lighter mix. NO entrained air! In fact we use plasticizers and other methods to get a “fluid mix” to reduce air pockets, and improve workability. All Countertops are sealed with a onetime epoxy urethane sealer that is impenetrable to water and most staining agents.

                              Standard for weight is about 18lbs a sq. ft. at 1.5 inches thick.

                              Concrete is not for everyone, bit is is another choice that is out there! It is highly creative and you can personalize it for a client. And because it is hand crafted from scratch is is somewhat costly. I
                              Miller Syncrowave 200
                              Miller Spectrum 875 Plasma Cutter
                              Miller Milermatic 135
                              Ridgid Drill Press
                              Ridgid Chop Saw
                              36" Metal Break
                              Harris Toarches
                              English Wheel
                              Ingersoll Rand, 18.1 cfm Compressor
                              30 gal. Sand Blaster
                              Planishing Hammer
                              150lb Anvil
                              10" Swing Logan Lathe

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