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Title: Twin Projects
Post by: Weldin it on April 02, 2013, 08:30:14 PM
Just got most of the stuff together today. Hand filing all sharp edges left by the plasma cutter right now. Going to be two 3' sluices pretty much all aluminum including the expanded metal. One of my classmates wants to buy one when they are done. So that puts the cost of the one I am keeping around $20. Just waiting on v-ribbed matting to get here then I can set the arms to height and then get the riffle size right and start welding them to the arms. Hopefully I will have one of them done by this weekend and the other done early next week. Doing the welding and forming during some of my class time.  :o

Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Chuck Pharis on April 02, 2013, 09:08:44 PM
It looks nice. if you want to bring some projects to sell at our June Gold Festival, you may set up a booth. I am sure many would be interested in what you might have to offer.
I will be posting a topic about the Gold festival next week.
Chuck
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Weldin it on April 02, 2013, 09:37:37 PM
Na. Thanks though. I am making two because it could be made from the smallest sheet of aluminum I could get hold of. Just a personal project really. The classmate asked me for one of them so it pretty well covers the cost of the one I keep.
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Weldin it on April 04, 2013, 02:40:38 PM
Coming along. Got the riffles welded to the arms. That was not fun because I could not get the Aluminum clean enough to get a real stable arc.
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Chuck Pharis on April 04, 2013, 03:04:49 PM
Nice HAT  ::)
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Weldin it on April 04, 2013, 03:26:45 PM
Thanks. I love that hood. I looks so spiffy   ;D  I just need to remember to take it off of "grind mode" before striking a TIG arc like I did Tuesday. It gave me a big white blind spot for about a hour  :o
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: sysbee on April 05, 2013, 09:58:45 AM
Where did you get the bent aluminum or did you do that Urself
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Weldin it on April 05, 2013, 12:53:55 PM
I was going to bend it myself but the shop only had a 2 foot brake. I had a buddy with a 12 foot brake do it for me and I did the riffles on the 2 footer.
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Weldin it on April 12, 2013, 01:10:24 PM
And the first one is done, Made a Stainless clip to go across the front and hold the matting.

Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Auprospector on April 13, 2013, 08:48:23 AM
Hey Brian, Where do you live ? I am interested in your welding. I want to build something on my property. I have the material.
Let me know. PS I have two creeks you can dredge in
Russell
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Weldin it on April 13, 2013, 09:55:53 AM
I am up in Johnson City (Northeast tip of Tenn.). I am doing this in my College Classes for welding in between Class Projects. Trying to work out a deal on a Flatbed Truck and then get a Welder / Generator unit and other tools (expensive for a unemployed full time College old fart...lol).

What are you wanting to build?
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Auprospector on April 15, 2013, 10:11:40 AM
Brian, I was thinking of some kind of high banker. I have two creeks loaded with quarts and black sand. My land is low so I want to dredge the creeks and deposit the material onto the land. My second choice would be to rent a backhoe, but then I would not be processing the material from the creeks. I am currently in South Florida, but I will be back up to my place in June. My place is one mile from the Tenn. border in North Carolina. I have found small flakes in my creeks. I dont have a dredge. When I get a chance, I will send pictures of the creeks and home.
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Weldin it on April 16, 2013, 09:05:50 PM
Well, I suspect you would need some type of big pump. At the size in my mind, would be something you would not want to move a lot. Basically a vacuum for the creek and just throw everything in a pile on the land to process later or just in another stage. Almost sounds commercialized instead of hobby. I am too new to this to really design something up. Sluices are kinda easy. I have never laid eyes, in person, on a high banker or a dredge. I think for the planning stage of what you want to do, you might want to contact Chris  (helispaz on this forum) at fabspecialist.com. He might be able to give you some ideas to work with, better than I could.
Title: Re: Twin Projects
Post by: Weldin it on April 19, 2013, 01:32:28 PM
And the second sluice is done (the one on the far right). I think that should hold me over for a bit. So in order... My first build, the 2 footer from Fabspecialist and then my second build.