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Misc Tin, copper and sheetmetal smithing/fabrication
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    Tin, copper and sheetmetal smithing/fabrication

    Don't know if any one else would be interested in smithing, but thought I would start a thread.

    I play around with it and have a bit of experience, so...

    Do know this, that a good galvanized well made bucket last much longer than those plastic buckets, and that I can fabricate my own a bit better than the galvanized buckets one can still buy at most farm and gardens, however yes the ones at the farm and garden are much cheaper. A 5 gallon galvanized buckets at a farm and garden is about my cost for the flat stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by West View Post
    Don't know if any one else would be interested in smithing, but thought I would start a thread.

    I play around with it and have a bit of experience, so...

    Do know this, that a good galvanized well made bucket last much longer than those plastic buckets, and that I can fabricate my own a bit better than the galvanized buckets one can still buy at most farm and gardens, however yes the ones at the farm and garden are much cheaper. A 5 gallon galvanized buckets at a farm and garden is about my cost for the flat stock.
    I've actually stitched copper sheeting, with my sewing machine! It was thin of course, and I've also used wire and nails to stitch pieces of fabric together for my mixed media pieces! Now I'm getting ideas for these small pieces I'm working on, I have a small keg of square nails that are sorta rusted... and some old rusty wire... ideas abound now.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Some time killing....
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    We go through a lot of plastic buckets here. The sun destroys them.
    Never thought of making some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faroe View Post
    We go through a lot of plastic buckets here. The sun destroys them.
    Never thought of making some.
    It's cheaper to buy them at farm and garden, not as well made but ok, imo.

    Here's a feed scoop and replaced a lost tool box tray shelf...
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    Where do you buy your flat stock and how much a sq ft?
    "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet"

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    Google in your AO....

    Steel supply, wholesalers steel and pipe...

    A sheet of copper is a few hundred dollars last I looked about 24 gauge forgot the weight that they go by. Galvanized sheet steel is around $20 for a 3x10, 26 gauge. Cold rolled steel for stuff like building stoves is about $50 for a 4x10 sheet 22 gauge.

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    some time in the next few months, I will need to make some water troughs, and some feeders, for some chicken brooders, I will need 20 waters and about 10 feeders,

    I have some equipment, a HF brake, and a trim brake, a shear( like a big paper cutter), made a 24 inch slip roll, and bought a beader, in the last few years, thought I was going to build some stuff and it did not come to pass, so I want to use some of it,

    the ends for the waters and feeders are some what complicated, thinking of making a die and pressing them after cutting them to size and form them to shape,

    if and when I get them done I will post a few pictures of the process,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyman View Post
    some time in the next few months, I will need to make some water troughs, and some feeders, for some chicken brooders, I will need 20 waters and about 10 feeders,

    I have some equipment, a HF brake, and a trim brake, a shear( like a big paper cutter), made a 24 inch slip roll, and bought a beader, in the last few years, thought I was going to build some stuff and it did not come to pass, so I want to use some of it,

    the ends for the waters and feeders are some what complicated, thinking of making a die and pressing them after cutting them to size and form them to shape,

    if and when I get them done I will post a few pictures of the process,
    Cool, yes would be interesting please post pics.

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    I'll look more into that. I actually work with a lot of wire, and occasionally use roof flashing. I build walk-in roofed livestock pens and green houses with different gages of cattle panel, 2"X4" wire, chicken wire, hardware cloth, etc.

    Probably out of the scope of the new room, but I do enjoy building stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faroe View Post
    I'll look more into that. I actually work with a lot of wire, and occasionally use roof flashing. I build walk-in roofed livestock pens and green houses with different gages of cattle panel, 2"X4" wire, chicken wire, hardware cloth, etc.

    Probably out of the scope of the new room, but I do enjoy building stuff.
    I would think that any kind of fabrication is in the scope of this room.

    My wife is a accomplished quilter and can do cloths/dresses etc. If she has to. But I've noted that many of the things I do with sheet steel is so similar, especially patterns. Above my son even built some quilt squares out of scrap metal and barn wood. That's art work as well, at least I'm impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faroe View Post
    I'll look more into that. I actually work with a lot of wire, and occasionally use roof flashing. I build walk-in roofed livestock pens and green houses with different gages of cattle panel, 2"X4" wire, chicken wire, hardware cloth, etc.

    Probably out of the scope of the new room, but I do enjoy building stuff.

    There is a homestead forum here at TBK, I'll go get the link.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Here's the link to the homesteading forum here at TBK
    http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/forum...d-Homesteading
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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