Fun with a Plasma Cutter

Time to augment the home workshop with another metal working tool – a Plasma Cutter! The plasma cutter I chose was an American designed and manufactured Hypertherm Powermax 30XP. This cutter was chosen after considering products from Lincoln Electric, Miller, and some of the cheaper vendors found in Harbor Freight. The cost of this unit…

RV Trailer Frame Construction – part 1

Stock Metal Cutting Time to put the horizontal bandsaw to work, and cut up the stock to the appropriate lengths. For the main trailer frame, 2″ square, 0.120″ wall steel was used. This would add some weight to the frame, approximately 3lbs per linear foot. Approximately 31ft was used, therefore this would add 31 lbs…

Fence Gate – a welding project!

After investing in a new welder, horizontal bandsaw, and even a plasma cutter – my metal working tool collection has been growing. Time to get some practice in and build a long overdue project: metal gate frames for my garden fence. The Frame Design Using 1-1/2″ angle iron for the main edges for the frame,…

RV Camping Trailer Project

The purpose of this project is to build a small tow-behind camping trailer, to house a queen sized mattress, insulated sleeping quarters, lighting, and an outdoor kitchen. Time for some modest luxury in the back woods! Getting Started Time to start looking at other trailers and existing designs, and come up with my own. Overall…

Jack Stands – Welding Project

Using some 1″ square and angle stock, along with some 2″ I.D. tube, the following jack stands were built. Cutting the 2″ pipe – this will be used at the top of the stand to accept the axle that it is supporting. All of the parts cut, ready for some welding.   One stand welded,…

The Bob Hoover Project

Acclaimed aviator, fighter pilot, test pilot, airshow performer, Bob Hoover, has lead an amazing flying career. To celebrate his achievements, Kim Furst made an excellent film about him. The film, Flying The Feathered Edge, has been shown around the US at various aviation events. I attended a local showing, held at the Aerospace Museum of…

Crater Lake

A weekend visit to Oregon, provided the excuse to fly around Crater Lake and enjoy the views. Thanks to Fred & Kelly for the excuse to visit!

5 Day B&W Challenge – Day 5

Day 5 of 5 of the B&W challenge. This last shot I took last year in Yosemite. To be precise – it was here: Google Maps

5 Day B&W Challenge – Day 4

5 Day B&W Challenge – Day 4 A photo taken a few years ago while on a walk around the Great America River canyon, near Auburn, CA. These are some core samples, stacked up, should the Auburn dam ever be built….