So, you have a plan?
plan is to make enough money to
a) live off,
b) live well,
c)start saving for Leo's future and my own,
d) have enough to share with others.
to set up a workshop where i can fabricate stuff and have enough free time do whatever creative stuff i want and make bucks out of that too.
- welder (inverter) - Promax 200amp (y)
- grinder - Fragram 850W (y)
- drill press (y)
- gas torch (n)
- gas forge (n)
- anvil (0.5)
- sundries: auto-helmet (y)
- welding rods, (y)
- grinding, cutting, polishing disks (y)
- figure out how much steel you'll need.
- work out how long it will take to make.
- which operations are involved - making rings, cutting to length etc for instance.
let's start with an example of something small:
chicken-leg pot holder:
- steel - 8mm round bar cut to various lengths;
- steel for ring = if pot is 150 diameter; then 150 x π (3.14) = 470mm
- steel for legs = 100mm x 4 (if joined at the knee) - alt - 200mm x 2 (if bent at the knee)
- steel for toes = 50mm x 8 = 400mm
total: 470 x 1 + 200 x 2 = 400 + 400 x 1 = 1270mm x (1 length) = 4 units (ie, will get 4.72M out of a length - not much, really)
okay, let's start with the ring:
can rings be bought cheaper than they can be made? how long would it take to find out?
making the rings: need a jig - pipe of specific diameter.
(circumference gives length)
right, we've got one 6M length of round bar 6mm diameter cut into four sections of 1270mm
so as you can see, even something as small as that can use up a lot of steel really quickly
Melting Point of Carbon Steel: 1425 - 1540 degrees C
Approximate Temperature of Steel by Colour
Colour of Metal Degrees C
|Very slight red, mostly grey||538°C|