Iorweth Caradog

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The local scout group asked me to make them one of the wheel rim burners, worked realy well, a good profect if youve got some bits of old steel lying around the place.
5 years ago
Im using one at the moment made from a ss bread bin. Copper head made using some offcuts from around the house, only thing we had to buy was the silver solder, i use an elextric water pump although you could run it off any water source as long as you got a head or some pressure.
5 years ago
No problem with the dome, runs just fine, but for cooking its useless, theres minimal surface area conncting between the frying pan/saucepan and the top of the bottle.
I had a look at the tank you posted up, its a big one compared to the small 49kg portable ones that are usually used. It would give a lot of heat out around it.

I found a piece of thick plate and cut the dome off on my latest bottle. Really good for cooking sausages or shine.
This is mine running a pot still.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueKBHIto03k
5 years ago
That bundle on the left, thats a bundle of sawmill offcuts? Go through it for any that have both sides planed, I have made window shutters, doors and bookcases from those.
5 years ago
Tools can make a big difference in what you can and cant make. If you dont have one allready scour your local facebook buy and sell groups as well as the local ebay collection only for a 'Radial Chop Saw' see if you can find a decent sized one (12"blade) and with a hefty motor(2000w+). This will make all the difference in being able to make accurate cuts and slots which will lead to a stronger and longer lasting project. It will also open you up to being able to make allsorts of different projects. I mentioned this to a friend on fb and within 3 days had found a huge thing for £40 from just round the corner so they are out there. I have an Electra Beckum on its own stand, it can cope with allsorts.

Work to a plan, you might find that you have to buy some timber to make a decent frame and use this for cladding if youre going down the shed route. I get a lot of free stuff and it gets hoarded until its used in conjunction with something else, sometime I have to buy materials to use the free stuff.

The special nails are called 'Annular ring shank nails' Although I go to my local boot sale and theres a guy there who has boxes of 3inch and 4inch screws that are a third the price of nails so Im a bit of a snob in the nail department these days.

Project ideas? Benches are always popular and useful. Enjoy your free timber!

5 years ago
Very interesting and a huge subject area to cover.
I would not rule out home brewing, its not all about drinking beer especially if you look at the bigger picture which involves distillation. And again thats not about drinking vodka but about making fuel, carriers for medicine, essential oils.... the list here goes on and on. Its a more important subject than you think.
5 years ago
I dont know if this is in the correct part of the forum, apologies if it isnt. Needed a staircase, decided to make a spiral type with just the bits i managed to scrounge and find over the last few months or so.
2 jacks from a skip, angle iron from a demolition job i was on, wood from the local hillbilly, had to buy threaded bar and a few nuts. Took a couple of days, didnt have any plans apart from a few rough drawings but drawing spiral staircases isnt easy, its easier to make them ha ha
5 years ago
The joy of a fret saw, turn a broomhandle into a wonderful toy.
5 years ago
Made this yesterday, great fun, once its wide enough ill try and line it with empty cans and an insulator, looking for a simple way of coring out the center and feed? an ideas


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5 years ago
Thanks Al, much appreciated. Too thin? do you mean to narrow or that the metal itself is too thin. Bugger I actually welded up some holes that were down there, no problem i can drill them out.
5 years ago