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Post by footer » Tue May 28, 2019 11:11 am

I forgot that I did get my bow eye/lifting eye finished. I made it out of stainless and polished it.
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Bow eye / lifting eye.
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Bow eye / lifting eye

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Post by Sarnian » Tue May 28, 2019 11:28 am

Hey there footer - I'm guessing this has involved some welding - TIG? Any details?

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Post by Biss » Tue May 28, 2019 12:52 pm

Nice metalworking!

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Post by footer » Tue May 28, 2019 6:28 pm

Thanks. Yes, I made it in 5 pieces. Two 3/16" halves on top, two 1/8" in front, and the solid 1/2" rod I heated and bent. Screwed down with stainless screws and one big 1/2"x4" lag bolt.
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My tig and plasma torch (Harbor Freight)
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Post by PeterG » Tue May 28, 2019 8:50 pm

Excellent metalwork to go with the excellent woodwork :D
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Post by footer » Wed May 29, 2019 3:19 am

These are two abrasive wheels that were a life saver for working with stainless. The Blending wheel (Right) I purchased at Airgas (welding supply house) for $12. It's similar to a grinding wheel, but less abrasive and very easy to control and contour welds and edges.
The Rapid Blend (Left) is a smoothing wheel and takes out the scratches the Blending wheel leaves (although it can leave very fine scratches). I bought it at Alro Steel (metal supply house) for (obviously) $23.
Both wheels were instrumental in working with the stainless.
From there I used a polishing wheel with a stainless polish on my bench grinder to get the shiny finish.
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Stainless abrasive and polishing wheels. Left: takes out light scratches leaves a smooth surface for fine polishing. Right: Abrasive wheel for smoothing and contouring welds and rounding edges, but will leave small scratches.

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Post by Sarnian » Wed May 29, 2019 12:44 pm

Footer thanks so much for the information - I really appreciate it. I have been playing around with a cheap MIG and using flux core 308 SS - trying to weld 18ga 308. It has been horrible - a combination of lack of knowledge, wrong tools (perhaps), and no skill :?

Your finished product looks great.

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Post by footer » Wed May 29, 2019 7:02 pm

Yeah, flux core spatters as much metal as it puts down. Really hard to weld thin stuff with it without burning holes in it. If you can get solid wire and run argon, you will have much better luck with it.
I think I paid $1,500 for this tig a couple years ago, and if you look back a page, I welded my 18 Gage flat L-bracket with it. Very easy to control the heat. My eyes aren't so good anymore and my hand not so steady, but it's still easy to control. It will also weld aluminum and stick weld.
Mind you, I'm not a pro, just my experience over the years.
By the way, Youtube has many great videos on welding. Justin, on "The Fabrication Series", is an outstanding instructor.

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Post by Sarnian » Thu May 30, 2019 10:30 am

yes...I'm torn - I want a cutwater etc...and it would probably be cheaper to have someone make them - but I enjoy learning this stuff. At the moment I'm trying to find a cheap way to get hold of some shielding gas, then I was going to try upping to 16ga 308, welding with solid wire, and see how that works out. Who knows, it it works I might start to go welding crazy - there'll be stainless steel adornments everywhere. The boat will end up weighing a couple of thousand pounds.

Your build is looking fantastic...thanks for sharing all the photos.

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Post by footer » Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:38 am

So, what little time I have gotten in working on my boat, has been spent working on this windshield. Quite time consuming. I'm checking into having my parts professionally polished as it takes a lot of time to polish with the equipment I have. Depends on what it will cost.
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Roughing in windshield
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polishing stainless side plates.

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Post by BarnacleMike » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:42 am

The time you're putting in to the windshield is really paying off. That looks great!
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Post by Biss » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:11 am

I agree, Metalworking is looking great!

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Post by hoodman » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:35 pm

Looks pretty shiny already. I really like that windshield.
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Post by Milhouse » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:38 pm

I dig the windshield! I had not considered fabricating mine; but I just may now, thanks for the inspiration! I have been looking for more stuff to tig now that I have gotten into it (also have a HF Tig :D )
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Post by footer » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:34 am

Thanks guys. I priced having these three pieces polished and it'll cost $300-350 to a mirror finish. Guess I'll have to do it myself. Won't look quite so purdy, but it's in my tax bracket. lol
I've been watching youtube stainless polishing videos.

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