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    Well, I finally got some traction on this project and hope to finish most of the installation by this weekend. Here is a link to some of my photos.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/mattcass...eat=directlink

    Note how small my "shop" is. It can be frustrating if you don't plan ahead.

    A few observations and lessons learned:


    Steel stays hot for a long time and it doesn't care if you forget not to touch it

    This stuff gets heavy once you start welding it all together.

    Unlike wood, if you screw up and cut something short, you can weld a piece on to make it longer.

    Welding with .023 and gas is a lot different than using .030 flux-core.

    Site building a piece and not covering it with plastic and not checking the forecast equals a lot of wire-wheel work.

    For my purpose, a wood bench worked just fine.

    I didn't have a single burn back and didn't flash myself once. I'm kind of proud of this fact since I actually had my hood up and my finger on the trigger TWICE and caught myself.


    I found that my welding is like my golf game...It can be very frustrating but it's the few good shots that give you reassurance and keep you motivated. It's real easy to be a bad welder.

    Matt.
    Last edited by Matt_in_Brooklyn; 03-25-2010, 09:52 AM.
    "A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing"

    Millermatic 135
    Milwaukee 14" Dry Cut Saw
    Milwaukee Deep Cut Band
    Fully charged fire extinguisher

  • #2
    Well I would say you are doing a fine job.

    I did notice that you where setting your grinder wheel side down. I prefer wheel side up. That way if I hit the switch when grabbing it, it only eats air. Bad things can happen wheel side down.
    Rick

    Trying to succeed, Learning by failing
    HH210 (Merry Christmas to Me)
    HH 140
    Hyper Therm Powermax 600
    Hobart Stickmate AC/DC
    Forge
    Victor & Harris Oxy/Act
    HydMech 225 cold saw
    several grinders
    Rigid Chop Saw
    4x6 band saw
    Never enough clamps

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    • #3
      Looks good. Your place or a customer? You look a lot like me under that hood, wife thought I had pics of me on the web.

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      • #4
        First, let me say that the following is in no way meant to denigrate your project. You've done a good bit of work that you and your family can be justifiably proud of for years to come.

        Have you thought about adding a decorative cap rail to your stair railing? Something to ease the hand while it is running down the steps. I see you now have an inverted channel as your top rail. With such a beautifully ornate rail in the traditional style, I think a top rail of sheep's tongue molding would be the perfect addition. Below is one example of the sheep's tongue.

        BTW, I might have the incorrect name for that piece. The sheep's tongue may actually be the double curved bend often found at the ends of these runs.
        Attached Files
        Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
        Miller DialArc 250
        Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
        Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
        Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
        Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
        South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
        Logan 7" shaper
        Ellis 3000 band saw
        Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
        Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
        3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
        Lots of dust bunnies
        Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ricksidebottom View Post
          Well I would say you are doing a fine job.

          I did notice that you where setting your grinder wheel side down. I prefer wheel side up. That way if I hit the switch when grabbing it, it only eats air. Bad things can happen wheel side down.
          Thanks. I actually kept the guard on so it rests on that. Wheel-up would definitely make sense otherwise.

          Originally posted by Vulcan Man View Post
          Looks good. Your place or a customer? You look a lot like me under that hood, wife thought I had pics of me on the web.
          Thanks. No, that's my tiny yard, just a hobby for me, no customers. Yeah, there's a lot of us bald guys with goatees around .
          "A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing"

          Millermatic 135
          Milwaukee 14" Dry Cut Saw
          Milwaukee Deep Cut Band
          Fully charged fire extinguisher

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          • #6
            Your project

            Nice, Matt. Really nice!
            Professional firefighter (retired). Amateur everything else I try to do...
            Oh yeah: GO BIG RED!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by WyoRoy View Post
              First, let me say that the following is in no way meant to denigrate your project. You've done a good bit of work that you and your family can be justifiably proud of for years to come.

              Have you thought about adding a decorative cap rail to your stair railing? Something to ease the hand while it is running down the steps. I see you now have an inverted channel as your top rail. With such a beautifully ornate rail in the traditional style, I think a top rail of sheep's tongue molding would be the perfect addition. Below is one example of the sheep's tongue.

              BTW, I might have the incorrect name for that piece. The sheep's tongue may actually be the double curved bend often found at the ends of these runs.
              Good call. The cap rail is part of the plan, It's in the garage. I'll post more photos upon completion. I actually bought a volute for the end of the rail, not realizing that I won't need it since I will be dead-ending into the newel at the base of the stairs.
              "A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing"

              Millermatic 135
              Milwaukee 14" Dry Cut Saw
              Milwaukee Deep Cut Band
              Fully charged fire extinguisher

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              • #8
                Might be a good call, but improper terminology for sure. I had to Google Picture Search the volute...it's what I meant even if I didn't know what the heck I was talking about. Excellent job!
                Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
                Miller DialArc 250
                Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
                Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
                Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
                Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
                South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
                Logan 7" shaper
                Ellis 3000 band saw
                Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
                Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
                3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
                Lots of dust bunnies
                Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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                • #9
                  looks great, king is a great company

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