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  1. #21
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    ok - here is another goofy project.

    My workshop (garage) is small so I have made do as best as I can.
    I used scaffold sections to give me adjustable long span shelves over the weld area.
    Ceiling is 10 ft high so I added a chain hoist off one end of the scaffold to move my plasma cutter
    off the top shelf when I need it.
    Problem is that the chain hoist hooks are 10" apart at the minimum so I can't lift high enough
    to put the plasma cutter on the top shelf.

    Decided to make a poor man's gantry crane using a section of garage roller track.
    I added 2 pieces of 2" x2" square tubing to span the scaffold frames much like planks.
    The roller track is attached to the front and back square tubing.
    The roller track can slide along the front 2x2 tubing. (Front detail photo)
    and it pivots at the back 2x2 tubing connection
    .
    The key to the crane is a neat roller I salvaged from a Nordic track ski trainer.
    It slides on a 5/8" shaft and turns freely in one direction but locks on in the other direction.

    This gives me a "semi" chain hoist. Nylon strap is wrapped around the roller and I
    am able to move equipment up and down from the top shelf.

    The existing chain hoist is visible in one of the photos.
    I can get about 8" closer to the ceiling using this method.
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    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

  2. #22
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    Default Kayak roller

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffm View Post
    I am going to liberate that kayak roller idea - that is brilliant and simple!
    Geoff
    My version of the kayak loading roller. A cheap job from offcuts and 2 suction cups, with a wooden roller made from a fence post

    The only problem is the curve of the windscreen means only the top 2 suction cups touch the windscreen - still works ok and doesn't move. Mark 2 would have the suction cups handle cut in half with a hinge joint so that it can articulate to follow the curve top to bottom.

    Kyak roller (1).jpg
    Kyak roller (2).jpg

  3. #23
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    Geoff,

    Very clever and well thought-out design !

    Hope you don't turn on the rear wiper when this is installed.

    Burnt
    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

  4. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnt hands View Post
    ok - here is another goofy project.

    My workshop (garage) is small so I have made do as best as I can.
    I used scaffold sections to give me adjustable long span shelves over the weld area.
    Ceiling is 10 ft high so I added a chain hoist off one end of the scaffold to move my plasma cutter
    off the top shelf when I need it.
    Problem is that the chain hoist hooks are 10" apart at the minimum so I can't lift high enough
    to put the plasma cutter on the top shelf.

    Decided to make a poor man's gantry crane using a section of garage roller track.
    I added 2 pieces of 2" x2" square tubing to span the scaffold frames much like planks.
    The roller track is attached to the front and back square tubing.
    The roller track can slide along the front 2x2 tubing. (Front detail photo)
    and it pivots at the back 2x2 tubing connection
    .
    The key to the crane is a neat roller I salvaged from a Nordic track ski trainer.
    It slides on a 5/8" shaft and turns freely in one direction but locks on in the other direction.

    This gives me a "semi" chain hoist. Nylon strap is wrapped around the roller and I
    am able to move equipment up and down from the top shelf.

    The existing chain hoist is visible in one of the photos.
    I can get about 8" closer to the ceiling using this method.
    My sons did everything too young. I had a snowmobile when Seth was 10 with no reverse. He couldn't pull it in or out of the shed. I took 20' of door track, two rollers, an old come along, and a sling. He could lift it a few inches, spin it around backward, and push it in easily. It was thereby dry and ready to go next run.

  5. #25
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    ok - here is the latest goofy project just in time for cold weather.

    A neighbor tossed out a nice stainless bbq but it was huge and heavy which is why it stayed put for a day.
    Went home and got a hand truck and rolled it 1 block back to my house.

    Over the years, I have picked up several this way and found them to be a
    good source of stainless sheet metal and propane burners.

    Last year I found one at the curb and asked the neighbor if it was trash.
    He said "yes, please take it as I don't want to clean it. I'll buy a new one next season"
    Even came with a half tank of propane.

    The latest one looked good from the outside but the burners and grates were bad.
    All the sheet metal was good and non-magnetic unlike most of the ones I find.
    It also had a ceramic searing burner which I used to make this project.
    Used the stainless sheet metal for the body and reflector and some 3/4" and 1" ips stainless pipe for the support.
    So the old bbq came back as a nice directional heater.
    Please excuse the terrible sheet metal work.

    As usual, I could have saved lots of time and work by buying this one from
    Harbor Freight but what fun would that have been.
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    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

  6. #26
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    More photos of propane heater showing added reflector.

    Burner is 3" x 20" and uses about 3/4 lb of propane per hour.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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