A welders journey


dillonsculpture:

"Ascension" 2014 Forged stainless steel and iron 10’H x 8’W x 26’L 5700lbs. Public sculpture for Duluth, GA

Amazing! #dillonsculpture

— 5 days ago with 30 notes

Industrial fireplace facade I made for an architect’s home in Roswell, Georgia.

— 1 week ago with 9 notes
#fireplace  #interiors  #interior  #interior design  #rivets  #architecture  #industrial  #patina  #rustic  #cabin  #cottage  #firescreen  #hearthstone 

Copper countertops I made.
Copper was 14ga. Straps and corners were 1/8”. I love copper its very forgiving easy to bend easy to tig weld with a couple of precautions. Its not for everyone but I like it.The rectangular slot is for a retractable flat screen tv.

— 1 week ago with 10 notes
#copper  #counter top  #interiors  #kitchen  #kitchen ideas  #kitchen design  #kitchen decor  #interior design  #interior designer  #copper smith  #sheet metal  #alloy 110  #hammered 

How to-

Rebuild of aluminum roof support in a trona mine. The ears are 2” thick 6061. They have been repaired many times in the past. I saw cut off the cracked ear then machined off old weld and machined new bevel. I used a miller xmt 304 with a wc 115 weld control and standard spoolmatic gun. Voltage was 24 wire speed was 4. I used straight argon and no preheat. You can tig weld this thick but it would take forever and be very uncomfortable due to the preheat. It took 11 passes. Wire size was .052 I think alloy of wire was 4043. I do not have much experience mig welding aluminum but was pleased with the result. My technique was a triangle weave for 2nd -5th pass then switched to 3/8” advance and pause technique. I will always prefer tig to weld aluminum but when its this thick you don’t really have a choice.

— 1 week ago with 14 notes
#welding  #migweld  #mig welding  #aluminum  #tig welding  #Aluminum Tig  #coalmine  #roof support  #underground  #mining  #mining equipment  #industrial  #heavy industrial  #machinist  #manual machinist  #how to  #how its made 

How to- 

Installing a six inch bearing on a rotoflex drum shaft. We use a enerpac hollow cylinder and a 1 1/4” 4140 threaded rod for pressing. I think the cylinder is 50 tons at 10,000 psi. Bearing fit is .003” undersize. We could heat it and slide it on but we then have to heat the entire bearing and housing and risk ruining the seals. 

I did ruin the new seal anyway by bumping it on the shaft so I had to remove again after it was installed. Bummer. But you can see how I remove them to.

Removal is done again with 4140 rods but threaded at on end. Then we have a special  ”gripper nut” that we can position anywhere on the bar which is attached to a 1 1/2” plate in the shape of a c that slides behind the bearing. Again we use an enerpac cyclinder for removal. 

— 1 week ago with 7 notes
#oilfield  #roughneck  #welding  #machinist  #manual machinist  #welder  #bearing  #pillow block  #millwright  #enerpac  #oilfield trash  #domestic energy  #energy  #real work  #blue collar 
Copper and steel bed post finials I made for customer. Copper was .080 thick and steel banding was .250.

Copper and steel bed post finials I made for customer. Copper was .080 thick and steel banding was .250.

— 1 week ago with 9 notes
#copper  #finial  #postcap  #blacksmith  #coppersmith  #sheetmetal  #interiors  #interior  #design  #interior design  #architecture  #forged  #forming 

Firedogs or “andirons” I like the term firedogs better. 1 1/4” 1 1/2” and 2 1/2” forged and fabricated steel.

— 2 weeks ago with 7 notes
#blacksmith  #forged  #power hammer  #little giant  #anvil  #fire dog  #andirons  #hand made  #crafts  #craftmanship  #coal  #interiors  #interior  #interior design  #utah  #architecture 

My buddy Blanchard grinding his anvil.
I love working at a machine shop.

— 2 weeks ago with 15 notes
#anvil  #blacksmith  #forged  #crafts  #ironwork  #tools  #machinist  #manual machinist  #Blanchard ground  #Blanchard grinder  #surface grinder  #tongs 

dillonsculpture:

"Ascension" 18 month process, 7 month build time almost 1000 man hours. Last look before install, almost there…

Looks so good! Proud I got to work on it and help you. Just like old times…

— 2 weeks ago with 31 notes

Pure Zinc countertops. Wonderful material to work with. You can tig weld it on a.c.. Readily solders. It weather’s beautifully. Easily formed. Made by me:)

— 3 weeks ago with 34 notes
#countertop  #architecture  #zinc  #sheetmetal  #beading  #Niagara  #bead rolling  #soldering  #monochrome  #bar top  #kitchen  #kitchen counter  #kitchen cabinets  #interiors  #interior design 

First picture is a diploma frame for an aeronautical engineer . The second one was for a civil engineer. I was commissioned to do these for two brothers. I love rivets!

— 3 weeks ago with 17 notes
#rivets  #airplanes  #jet  #engineering  #sheetmetal  #aluminum  #girder  #ibeam  #industrial design  #diploma  #diploma frame  #civil engineering  #craftmanship  #picture frame  #steel  #iron 
U.S. surplus from the 40’s or 50’s. Never used! Prettiest lathe I have ever seen.

U.S. surplus from the 40’s or 50’s. Never used! Prettiest lathe I have ever seen.

— 4 weeks ago with 50 notes
#leblond  #Leblond Makino  #lathe  #machinist  #war effort  #wwii  #manual machinist  #greatest generation