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Got things started on my hydraulic stump grinder.



Using only the finest recycled paper angle gages money can buy:



Heard a squeak out of my feeder that didn't sound right at all. Turned out I'm just getting down on the 44# spool and the wire squeals when it's drawn over the metal core.



So what are you working on sticking together? Post it up!
 

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Man I wish you were my neighbor! Between the two of us we'd have a heck of a time! I'll take pics in the morning of the table I'm building for my wife. Have to wire wheel it and paint the frame. Build the benches and start the wood top...I'm not a woodworker so it might get interesting

Got my wrap off my second hand this morning. Last Monday I was doing some mowing and had to cut an old fence. When tying it back up I got in poison ivy. Figured I'd be ok since I scrubbed with bleach when I got home. Nope! It was all under my wrap and driving me nuts. Both hands are now on the way to being healed up!

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That's funny, cause I've got a bunch of people who wished they weren't. :lolol: None of them at my house though. Even the frumpy ones here are pretty tolerant of my activities. I've never gotten a noise complaint despite having the stereo blasting and the CNC mill running late into the night (early morning). I did go kinda ape when I built the shop so it wouldn't transmit sound well though, so they might not even hear me at their houses. No ones mentioned it so I don't ask (except for my closest neighbor and they claim they can't hear me).

I even had one lady (who tried getting my shop build shut down) bring up that she's noticed the lights on out there "all the time" and she's glad that I'm using it. She has no idea what I do in here. :laugh: Took her about 5 years to even smile when I was outside, and another 2 to talk to me. Her husband's always been nice though. I think he understood I was using my property as I wanted within the confines of the code and there was nothing to be done about it. She didn't agree, because I put a 16' tall building in her formerly nice view of all the trees in the back yards looking down the block. And I started doing that about 3 months after they moved in. :kidw_truck_smiley:
 

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We are fortunate our neighbors have no idea what we're doing. They all mind their own business. We live on 13 acres, I cleared out the middle and left a buffer all the way around for privacy. I'm wanting to start building a shop this fall. My lovely bride has had enough of me taking all the room in "her" garage. In her defense she can't park in there right now. My 4x8 welding table, log splitter, welding trailer and four wheeler are scattered around. We're supposed to get hit by TS bill in a few hrs so I left the welding trailer handy since its our backup generator also.

Our closest neighbor is a welder so he always has some kind of project going on. I think he's 1/4 mile away.

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New house is going about 400' from the lot line on the closest side (800' on the next closest) so in the event the neighbor sells off the land between me and the back lake lots along the road, I'll never see another house from mine again. Suburbia is nice when you want Chipotle for lunch, but I can do without the neighbors being so damn close. I don't even like the lake because there's the same 20' between buildings as there is in the metro. My in-laws don't understand that. I have no desire to live in their cabin. None.
 

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I guess you guys either don't work on stuff during the week or it's all super top secret. :mocking:

I got to the steel yard and picked up some much needed metal, then got back to work.



Almost mounted the fixed point for the cylinder, but decided that would hinder my options when the arm was built and called it a night. I didn't draw up prints for this, and have a general idea of what I expect it to look like in my head but that's constantly changing. :laugh: Kinda hard to hit a moving target. I just need to sort out the final drive and then it's a lot of machining but relatively easy stuff.

I hope to be fetching my Wallenstein FX85 tomorrow, and then I'm headed up to put it into action, so this is going to be a cold project for a while. If it's not in, then I'll likely put some more shop time in on the grinder.
 

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My project for the last few evenings has been repairing the front shock mounts on a friends 32' roadster:
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They were welded poorly to the very thin frame extensions and ripped out:
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I cut out all the bad stuff:
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Then started wedling in new metal with my TIG, yes it looks terrible but this was before I was smart enough to raise the car off of the floor so I could work comfortably, and I'm still getting used to this TIG process:
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After they were all welded, I blended/smoothed everything out with a grinder and flap wheel:
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Next I have to fabricate and install the new mounts for these brackets that the top of the shocks mount to, the headlights also mount on top of them:
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Does anybody know what these angled spacer/bushings are called, I can't seem to find them anywhere so I guess I'll have to make some?
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I built a frame for my bobcat skid to sit in with 4 casters so I'll be easily moved in the garage to the driveway if we loose power. When I was pulling it into the garage one of the dang casters snapped. Guess that's what I get for doing it with the 4 wheeler.

Stump grinder is coming along pretty quick. I still need to take a picture of the table. I'm also making up a shopping list...buddy wants to build some sliders for his power wagon. They are about a grand delivered. Told him we can build them for less and he can get what he wants. Things I'm wanting are a bandsaw, tubing bender, tube notcher and drill press!

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I built a frame for my bobcat skid to sit in with 4 casters so I'll be easily moved in the garage to the driveway if we loose power. When I was pulling it into the garage one of the dang casters snapped. Guess that's what I get for doing it with the 4 wheeler.

Stump grinder is coming along pretty quick. I still need to take a picture of the table. I'm also making up a shopping list...buddy wants to build some sliders for his power wagon. They are about a grand delivered. Told him we can build them for less and he can get what he wants. Things I'm wanting are a bandsaw, tubing bender, tube notcher and drill press!

Brett
What's a bobcat skid? :dunno: A generator?
 

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What's a bobcat skid? :dunno: A generator?
I'm thinking a Miller Bobcat.
Exactly! I keep it in my little trailer to move it around the yard. With the hurricane that was coming in my wife wanted her truck in the garage. I took some 2x2 tubing and built a frame that matches the skid. Added angle iron to box it in and welded on some casters.

It's a 12kw generator. It'll run most of our house since it's all led and I think the smaller a/c for the bedrooms

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