LukeTheJoker's Intro and Links. BUILDING A WORKSHOP!

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  1. LukeTheJoker

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    OK, here it is!

    There is an idea that has been floating in my head for a while, and started to really take shape during the latest MBBO, that is building a limited production LTJ frame...

    So I have been planning, designing and building tube bending jigs lately.
    The next step is to build a assembly and welding jig and to order some specialised parts from the local laser cutter, which of course takes money, so I bit the bullet and sold "FlipTheScript' :( but at least now I can move forward and get a couple of prototypes completed and start testing! :)

    Stay tuned! :thumbsup:
     
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    New lights in the workspace! 240V 135W CFL's, equivalent to 700W each.

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    Needed them the other day too, was a total fireban day, but I needed to get stuff done before the next day, so I waited till 12:01am for the fireban to end and did the work then!
    I was all done by 2am and the problem was solved! :thumbsup:
     
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    Just passed 20,000 posts and 15,000 post likes!

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    Wow, we both joined one week apart and I haven't cracked 6,000 yet!
     
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    Ah! But you have a life! :21:
     
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    Hey welcome to the forum to both you guys !
     
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    :21: Thanks Mr Old Timer! :thumbsup:
     
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    050507.png Celebrating 10 years of marriage to @fizzlefoop today!
     
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    Thanks @SwissGuy!
     
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    I'm back!
    Sorry I have been away for a while, needed some time off.

    Had to be here for the MBBO finish and voting though!
     
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    So, I got a TIG welder...

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    Been nearly 20 years since I last used one, but it is coming back slowly...
     
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    Some TIG torch upgrades!

    Stubby collet bodies, gas lens conversion and stubby nozzles including Pyrex glass ones!

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    Much more compact torch set up now, and the Pyrex ones should be good for thin stuff welding with low amps to get better vision of the weld pool.
    The gas lens conversion uses a stainless steel mesh inside the body to improve the gas flow characteristics, should make for cleaner welds.
     
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    I hope to be following you down the TiG path soon, look forward to seeing some of your new and improved future creations :thumbsup:

    Jason
     
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    Awesome man! Looking forward to seeing your stuff too!
     
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    The weather extremes have been taking a toll on my ability to work, so decided it was time to do something about it.

    I started off when I joined here with a piece of MDF board on an old fruit crate in the backyard and I would have to cart the welder, gas bottle, grinders, tools etc out to work each time, and if it was raining, well it didn't happen:

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    When RRBBO#08 rolled around I stepped up to a work trailer to hold all the tools while we were travelling around Australia, now I could set up a work bench on some saw horses next to the trailer, open up the sides and work:

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    Of course when we got home, I was still working in the open air, but at least it was easier to set up and pack up tools:

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    Eventually I decided that I would prefer my car sat in the rain so I could set up a work area in the car port, including a free standing walled off area and a steel workbench!

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    This was much better, but I still needed to set up and pack up the tools each time, locking them away in the trailer, forced to leave whatever project I was working on in the open, on the bench.
    Still got rained out on windy/stormy days and while it was better on cold days, it was sometimes still way too cold and windy to work.
    If it was a "total fire ban" day I couldn't do any cutting/grinding or welding because my work area was still classed as being in the open, so sparks would be a fire risk.

    Decided the time had come to do it properly...

    Started saving money for steel...

    Got permission from the house owners for a little "upgrade"...

    Bought some sheet iron for a cheap price from a fence that was being torn down...

    Bought lengths of steel square and rectangle tube as I could afford them...

    Started off by walling off a side and a half of the carport, which kept me happy for a while with the free standing L shaped wall on the other side, but it was only the first step!

    Finally after about 18 months everything was coming together and my Father-In-Law was visiting so he could hold steel while it was welded in place, so the first welds were done!

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    After the frame was up we got some really crazy hot weather, so work stalled a bit until I decided enough was enough and dragged out a portable air-conditioner to blow on me while I hung the first sheets!

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    Decided to extend that steel workbench before the last sheets were up and there was still access, so 4' was added taking it out to 9 feet total:

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    Also figured that it would be much easier to get the flooring down before all the walls were up too, seeing as the bench needed moving while doing it, so scoured Facebook marketplace for some conveyor belt rubber, ended up getting some 1/2" thick stuff at a good price:

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    Much nicer to walk and work on than dirt and gravel, plus bonus can now find the stuff I drop!
    The steel top for the bench also came from Facebook Marketplace, got 1/2 a sheet of 1/8th" thick steel for $20...

    Today saw the last of the wall sheets go up:

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    I only have the doors and shelving to build, mesh in that area between the purlins on one side plus rehang the lights and it will be ready to move in!

    Looking forward to having a completely weather proof work area with all the tools already set up and I can leave projects on the bench without fear of them disappearing.

    The portable air-conditioner will stay in there, not a perfect solution but at least it can blow on me during the really hot days, the rest of the time I will just use an electric fan, I'm sure there will still be days when it will be just too hot no matter what I do, but I can live with that.

    On the cold winter days I can light the firepit and just leave whichever door is out of the breeze open for a little airflow.

    Hopefully this will start getting more productive days happening again!
     
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    Flickr is starting to limit accounts with more than 1,000 photos, as I exclusively used Flickr before we could direct upload to the forum there are well over 2,000 photos in my account, most of which are linked on this forum.

    I have now downloaded all of my photos from Flickr and am planning to slowly go through and replace the important photos in all my old build threads, but it will take a while.

    If there is a particular thread or pic you are after, let me know and I will work on getting it back up for you as soon as I can.

    Luke.
     
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    Loving the shop! Looking forward to seeing more LtJ projects!
     
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