Rookie wanna-be weldor starting to make some cool things!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kirkster70, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    Kirk,
    Great fabbing skills, but may i help you with your presentation? gonna anyway. threads read much better with a description BEFORE the pic instead of after. :wink:
  2. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    I can hear it now - "But honeeeeey, all the cool fabricators have a Greenlee hydraulic punch. I neeeeeeed one, too."

    Your wife is a saint!
  3. xcflyn

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    were supposed to read - I just looks at all the great pictures :D
  4. knobbyjoe

    knobbyjoe knobbyjoe

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    Kirk,
    Nice work, great fabrication, I check this thread everyday. Just amazed to see what you do. Keep it coming. KJ
  5. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks, guys! More from today...

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    All fabbed parts are disassembled, QCed and dropped off for powder. I held onto the R rack to make one last part. That part required some tabs welded to the hoop.

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    .080" aluminum.

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    This will be a tool box. Rear lid will hinge down. Protex over-center draw latch. Top box, tool box, and panniers are all KEYED ALIKE. :lol3 I only had to buy $700 worth of hardware to make that happen.

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    I TIG about 2" at a time so I don't warp the dog dookie out of things.

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    Maybe it's just me, maybe it's the filler, the argon, or the combination of everything...but sometimes TIG welding smells like honey. No, really. :lol3 Anyone else experience this? Probably just my imagination...

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    THIS is what's cool about TIG. This is an autogenous (no filler used) weld. When I cut out the end cap, there was about a 1/16" overhang on all sides. I'm using 1/16" filler. Perfect! The overhang became the filler. MIG could never do this, but then again, MIG can do things TIG can never do.

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    The entire endcap was welded on without a single drop of filler. :clap:freaky

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    18"L x 3 1/4"W x 5"H.

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    Me likey! Top weld is also autogenous. I should have reduced my frequency a bit because my arc shape was wandering a bit from being too tight.

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    One last hurdle to clear... Go-Pro mounts that will attach to the pannier bevels...

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    All TIGged up and smoothed with the flap wheel.

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    Now back to the coater again for the last couple pieces. Now the waiting begins, which is the sucky part.
  6. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    My wife is definately a saint to put up with me! :D
  7. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Just when you think it can't get any better...it does! Very nice work Kirk! Those welds are top notch!:clap
  8. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    You should weld without filler more often.:deal

    BTW I now know what to do with the old mounting tabls on my rack, since I now use the HT mounts. :evil

    Jim :brow
  9. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    That toolbox is a thing of beauty.Great use of space.
  10. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    Still :lurk

    Good stuff as always. Curiously wondering what that GSA is gonna weigh fully loaded with a passenger. Different strokes for different folks.
  11. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    I'm starting to think that a Kirk made add-on is more than a farkle...can I now say my bike is Kirkled? :lol3

    Urban Dictionary:
    Farkle- noun or verb

    Accessory.

    The word is generally accepted to mean a combination of "function" and "sparkle", hence, farkle.

    Motorcycle enthusiasts may install accessories, called farkles (also spelled farkel), to customize their machine.

    or

    F.A.R.K.L.E. -- Fancy Accessory Really Kool Likely Expensive
  12. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    :lol3 Shoot, you started something with the whole tool box! (I'm getting one, too! :evil :lol3 )
  13. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks for all the support, guys! :clap

    Still waiting on powder. Day 19 and counting.

    While in powder coating limbo, I keep myself busy making things I need.


    I start the day by digging into the scrap pile.

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    More server rack scrap.

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    The purpose of this rolling table is to hold the aluminum sheet. Space in my small garage is at a premium, so most things need to be on wheels.

    Now I will be able to move the sheet out of my way for better access to the fab table. The great thing will be rolling the table out on the driveway to unload fresh sheet from the truck.

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    All made from scrap and spraypaint. I did have to buy 5" Albion hard rubber wheels. This will definately make my life easier.

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    I need to make racks for Old Faithful for the new bags if I ever see them again. Grumble, grumble.

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    3/16" flat bar tab. 5/8" x .125" wall DOM.

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    Hoop angle matched to OEM top rack.

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    More flat bar for the lower mounting tab.

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    Coming right along...

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    Plenty of room on the left for a big momma jomma tool box! See, Jeff? :lol3 All your fault.

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    The Beemer looked so lonely sitting in the garage all alone. Now they can talk doohickeys and final drives all night.

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    An easy trick for tab alignment is to clamp a piece of flat bar in the desired position.

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    Crossbar fab will have to wait until morning. That was the FASTEST rack mock-up EVAH!!! Suh-weeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!! :clap

    Now, where's my bags!!!!!!!
  14. kelsow

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    Just keeps getting better and better.

    My bags got delivered to the po box late yesterday. I didn't get a chance to pick them up so I'll be on my way this am.

    Can't wait.

    Thanks for all the hard work you put in "behind the scene" Kirk.
  15. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Your scrap server rack rolling cart with your scrap unistrut welding table in the background.:lol3

    If they knew all the good stuff you were able to make from their scrap, they'd charge you to go to work each day!!
  16. soggysandwich

    soggysandwich Banned

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    so you can weld..... you just can't SPELL !


    A welder is a person who welds. A weldor is a word that doesn't exist.

    :rofl
  17. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks, Kelsow!

    I hope you like 'em!
  18. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    I was just thinking the same thing yesterday! :lol3 I still have hills of scrap to go through, and still bring it home when I have the opportunity. Borderline hoarder here! :lol3
  19. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Here you go, genius...

    1. also wel·dor (-d[​IMG]r) A person who welds, especially as a profession.
  20. soggysandwich

    soggysandwich Banned

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    you are wrong, stop making up stuff.

    go to Wikipedia ,type in weldor,,, see what comes up

    http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=weldor&button=&title=Special:Search

    the spell check built into Firefox always hits on "weldor" ....but not "welder" !


    so WHO is the idiot ?

    you ain't got the balls to talk to someone like that face to face...the internet you hide behind !