Category: Made it myself

Dutch Oven Grill

By , December 7, 2007 11:26 am

Needed a table to use with the dutch ovens so got to looking at an old propane grill that had already been gutted and used as a charcoal grill. Checked the fit of the 14″ DO and it just fit. Removed the plastic side shelves/tables and replaced with 2 pieces I cut from a metal shelf. Found 2 broiler tops and with minor modifications screwed them to the inside of the grill body. Put a metal box underneath the catch ashes and plan to test it out this afternoon/evening. Next will be a shelf on the bottom to store the ovens and accessories. I think it will serve well, and it even fits into the camper with room left to squeeze past to get to stuff.
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Kitchen counter is almost done

By , November 1, 2007 7:51 pm

Got the kitchen counter done today. Tile that I had to cut got ground down a bit for a better/cleaner fit. Used the belt sander to clean the edges and ends up. Worked fine. Another couple of days work and I think we are ready to go camping. πŸ˜‰
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Wiring hell

By , October 31, 2007 11:56 pm

Been doing wiring and trying to finish up the kitchen. Still got bits of both to do but getting closer. Put in a bunch of outlets and still got at least 3 more to go. Got to take the couch/bed plywood off to get to where I can do them though. Should have waited till the end to put the frame in. Will know better next time. Bottom course of counter is done. Still got to skin the electrical but still got 12 volt stuff that goes in there too. And more smurf conduit to run to the tongue box which I have still got to build. And so on and so forth. On to the pix… πŸ˜‰
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Well that didn’t work like I thought it would

By , October 5, 2007 9:56 pm

Last 13 posts were supposed to be one post. Tried to use iPhoto to auto post to wordpress but it didn’t work like I thought it would. Was gonna redo the posts but think I will leave them as is. Going to work up a album of all the pix of the camper rebuild and post it at some point so all the pix will be there anyway.

Looking like it will take a couple of tubes of caulk to finish the roof and exposed seams. Those will get covered with aluminum edging, salvaged from the popup and the camper the windows came from.

Closer than we were this morning. Hope to get the outside sealed up tomorrow. Then will move on to the inside and see if I can decide what to do in there…

More as I get it done.

Popup camper into standup round topped camper

By , October 2, 2007 11:04 pm

Got some pix today before and after working on it. Started with only one section of roof decking on and finished with one half done and the other done to the last section toward the front. Still lacking the front top decking and 3 ribs. One will be a copy of the one on the other side. The other two will have to be formed to match the forward arch of the side rib. All the bending has been done by hand, foot, bender for sharper end bends, and mallet and hammer for that final fine tuning. πŸ˜‰
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Forge work

By , March 15, 2007 9:53 pm

Worked at the forge most of the day. Finished a candle holder I made last week and made a hook. Other things got done too but that for another post if I have the energy.

Brass brushed candle holder side view

Made from an old 1/4 inch round electric fence post and a 2 inch disk of steel 1/8 of an inch thick. Round rod beat square, shaped, tapered, flattened and bent. Disk flattened, beat into a bowl shape, punched in the center. Frame heated to just red and let cool to black then dipped into beeswax and when cool enough rubbed with a rag to remove the excess. Candle cup was heated to just red and brushed with small brass brush. Inside was brushed then the cup reheated, bottom brushed then top brushed again. Dipped into beeswax and wiped when cool enough to handle. Cup put onto cancle spike, seated and set with monkey tool.

Brass brushed candle holder bottom view

Bottom view showing lighter brass color on cup.

6 inch long twisted hook

Hook is made from an old paint roller handle that was found in the old burn pile. Coated with rust but when beat somewhat clean of rust and heated in the forge there was enough metal left to make a square rod 3/16 inch square and over 2 feet long. Have used over half of it making hardie holders and the rest went to a pipe lighter which is still down at the forge. Since it is still raining will stay there till tomorrow too. Last bit went into this hook. Heated and tapered one end and did the loop on the smaller end. Another heat and did the smaller hook. Heated the middle and into the vice and with the monkey wrench did a couple of turns to get the twist. Another heat and tapered the other end. One more heat and the loop is done. One more and the large hook is done. Bit of straightening and adjusting and into the beeswax. Bit of a wipe off and tis ready to hang whatever.

New Knife

By , March 4, 2007 8:59 pm

Made a new knife today. 1/2 inch coil spring steel. The new forge makes heating stuff a LOT easier. And it’s a controlable heat.

First Knife

One side

First Knife Other Side

The other side.

Does a nice job on the chopping board in the kitchen. Cut up chicken for supper with it and it just cuts. Tis rough except for the edges. Used a camshaft/crankshaft belt sander to polish the edge to a mirro finish. May wap the handle with leather. Not sure yet.

Celtic Cloak Pin

By , March 4, 2007 12:01 am

Another one. This one is a special order for a friend. Main part made from 1/4 inch electric fence post. Pin made from rest of 16 penny nail used for rivet on the ladle. Waste not want not… πŸ˜‰

Celtic Cloak Pin

Celtic Cloak Pin Open


By , March 3, 2007 11:56 pm

Needed a punch to make the holes in the ladle bowl and handle so this is what I made to get the job done. Made from a piece of 1/2 inch steel shafting. Fairly hard stuff.


Ladle for slack tub

By , March 3, 2007 11:54 pm

Made a ladle for watering the coal from the slack tub. Ladle body was a piece of thick walled exhaust pipe. Handle was a piece of 1/4 inch electric fence post. Rivets were 16 penny nails cut off about a quarter inch from the head. Rivets were set hot.


My slack tub ladle, in all it’s glory… πŸ˜‰

Ladle showing the rivets connecting bowl and handle

Back of bowl showing rivets connecting handle.

Scroll at end of ladle handle

And the scroll at the end of the handle. Comfortable to use and easy to control. Over all I am rather pleased with it.

New forge

By , March 3, 2007 11:47 pm

Built a new forge yesterday (friday). Pix and a bit of bs follow.

Barrel I started with

This is the barrel I started with. Tis an old project of my dads from many years ago. Now a forge for me! Removed the brake rotors from each end and cut more out around the existing hole.

Gas heater burner assembly now air supply/venturi sitting on old forge

This is the burner assembly out of a 5 radiant gas heater. A few plumbing fittings and a air line quick connect fitting and it becomes the air blower system for the new forge. I ran this all day long today and the compressor came on 6 or 7 times total. I think this is a very effective air control system.

Close up of air connection

Air hookup. Will change the air quick connect to the other side of the forge and make the connecting line out of copper pipe to prevent hot metal hitting the plastic air line (again)…

Barrel with air system in place

Before legs and clay this is what it looked like.

First fire

First fire. Clay has just been packed in and fire lit.

Red hot metal

A piece of spring heated to working temp. Note firebrick in background. Am now using several of them to contain and shape the fire. Working very well. Over all I am very pleased with this design. I am going to build another one out of strictly hardware store available plumbing parts to do a demo on how to build a compressed air aspirated coal fired 55 gallon drum forge.

Ran this one for 8 hours today and burned about 20 to 25 pounds of coal. Maybe. Need to get the scales out and weigh the coal and see what the consumption is. Compressor came on 6 or 7 times that I remember.

First Tongs

By , March 3, 2007 11:28 pm

First Tongs Side View

First Tongs Open Jaws

These were made out of a bar of steel 3/8 thick x 3/4 wide x 24 inches long. Each jaw is 1/2 half that bar. Hours and hours and hours and lots of beating with a hammer. But they work so nice. So I guess it was all worth it. πŸ˜‰ Now to make another 6 to 8 pair. Gonna use 1/2 inch coil spring for the next few pair.

Night light candle holder

By , March 1, 2007 9:22 pm

This is something I made. I think I have seen something like it before but this is my way. May add a base or make a piece to hang it on but for now here it is.

Candle holder side view

Side view

Candle holder top view

Top view

Candle holder finger grip

Finger holder and top twist close up.

Bottom twist close up

Bottom twist close up.

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