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

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

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    55,316
    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    Awesome!

    Jim :brow
  2. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    13,526
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    :thumb

    Check out Lincoln's Literature offerings as well. Some good stuff in there, and best of all, it's FREE! (it's under the Support tab on the website)
  3. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    6,843
    Location:
    Team Canoodia
    Genius!

    (And that ole JimVB is a sly one ain't he...I thought that was his GS in the very first pictures, but the subsequent posts gave it away.)

    Yer a lucky man, Jim!
  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    55,316
    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    Yes I am! Kirk is doing a great job!

    Jim :brow
  5. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,905
    Location:
    Virginia
    Thanks, guys! I'm very excited to see everything after powder.

    The people who own the powdercoating business are extremely nice.

    I asked them how in the world a coating business could be 15 min from my house w/o knowing about it? They told me that in the past they were exclusive to large businesses and mil spec coatings for Uncle Sam. (There were 2 H1 Alpha Hummers in the shop when I went there today) They have only recently opened the doors for everyone else.

    The only reason I found out about them in the first place was having a mutual friend. That worked out great!

    So now it's a waiting game, but I'm confident they will do a great job. They were trying to talk me into powdering the Tundra bumper. Maybe in the spring.
  6. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    12,417
    Location:
    Helltown
    Heck, I'm sure you will already be powder coating by spring. :D

    So, where is this place?

    Those racks turned out real nice!!
  7. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,905
    Location:
    Virginia
    Thanks, Bob!

    :evil Umm.....yeah, I was looking at a small oven about 2 mos. ago, but was brake shopping. I didn't want to get the cart before the horse, plus didn't have quite enough coin to do both.

    116 Success Road. If you're heading towards Winchester, it's the first right after Shenandoah Moving and Storage.

    Dale Miller is the owner's name. Super nice guy. Here is their website...

    http://coatingsusa.com/

    I have a really good feeling about this guy and hope we can work out a good business relationship.
  8. xcflyn

    xcflyn Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,153
    Location:
    Rocky Mountains
    After making this thead my first stop after I click on this site I have decided that Kirk is no longer a rookie and he needs to start a new thread with a different name. More of a "cool fab shop projects" thread. Or "no longer a rookie -fab shop projects".
    I'll say it again. Nice work !
  9. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    13,526
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    I thought about renaming it one day. Some of us do have that power, y'know.:D

    If you'd like a title change, Kirk, just let me know.

    Picked this up this morning.

    [​IMG]

    The guy at the tool store asked me how much I'd like to spend. I told him I wanted a quality set, something much better than the big box crap.

    He said he had a set from Starett for around $275. :eek1

    I said thanks, but I was looking for something in between that, and the retail junk. I ended up spending about $90, and it will serve me well for years to come, I'm sure. :thumb
  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    55,316
    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    Just an update from Kirk's generous supplies:

    [​IMG]
    Kind of sucky, but my welding is getting better. At least it is strong.

    [​IMG]

    Some welding, a lot of grinding, and some paint. The rack is ready for the shelves tomorrow.

    Jim :brow
  11. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Oddometer:
    17,565
    Location:
    NA
    50 pages ago I suggested dropping the rookie. he rejected it. I think that name covers his ass when he screws something up. :lol3
    When he makes his first sale he is going to have a hard time convincing anyone he is a rookie! :deal
  12. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Oddometer:
    17,565
    Location:
    NA
    :clap It looks good enough to me! Believe me, if you want to see suckie, look at some of my welds many pages ago. I have not welded since. It is better for the welding community...:D
  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    55,316
    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    You have no idea how much grinding my little HF grinder had to do to make it look good! :shog

    Jim :brow
  14. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    747
    Location:
    Forest Lake, mn
    At work we always say

    "A grinder and a can of paint, will make a welder out of one that ain't"
  15. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,053
    Location:
    SoCal
    And in the mobile home buidness, "putty and paint makes pretty what ain't."
  16. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    55,316
    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    Topped it with plywood and VCT to match my workbench.

    [​IMG]

    All loaded up:

    [​IMG]

    Jim :brow
  17. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,974
  18. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Oddometer:
    8,296
    Location:
    Tulsa... it's OK
    Looks great, JVB. Although your garage is too damn clean. Needs some metal shavings and kitty litter.:deal
  19. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    55,316
    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    You were seeing the clean corner. The rest looks like a bomb went off.:lol3

    Jim :brow
  20. FreeHugger

    FreeHugger Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    Oddometer:
    138
    Location:
    Is this Heaven? No its Iowa.
    Hi Guys,

    I found my way to this thread via JVB's cheap farkles thread, and came in for just the last few pages related to the fabrication of the GS boxes/racks. I'm probably missed it in a previous page but was a price discussed for the boxes/racks?

    Following JVB's thread and his creative ways, I can only assume that going this route was either a much cheaper option than buying touratech or the like. Or is my untrained eye is missing the benefits of the increased quality?

    Either way its a great looking functional product and I am very pleased to have been witness to the process.

    Thanks,