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It was requested, so I thought I’d make it. 

Post stuff you’ve made.


Being as it would feel a bit silly not to partake in the first post, I’ve been making pretty much everything you see in this picture:


The walls, extractor hood, control panel, converted kegs, worktops, all part of my brewery project I’ve been working on this year. 

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Three stage recirculating brewery stuff, the potentially interesting bit from a non-brewers perspective is that temperature control at one step is achieved by pumping the wort (unfinished beer) from the middle vessel through a coil in the left hand vessel which is full of water at an automatic temperature which will keep the wort at a constant temperature. 

All pumps and heating elements will be controlled by a raspberry pi through a web interface. 

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I'm technically a design engineer who doesn't get his hands dirty at work but due to our usual fabricator being on paternity leave I've ended up knocking this together over the last 2 weeks: 




I was meant to just design it then hand it over to the other guys, but I've ended up doing all the welding/fabricating, helping with installing it (using just a forklift and man-power!) and today I did the concrete screed in the treads. 

That brewing set-up looks interesting. I need to get my head around automation electronics and programming sometime soon, it'd be bloody handy for work. (and my own projects.)

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I've been making fountain pens and razors on a small lathe since summer last year/two years respectively. Sold a 'decent' amount of razors but not many pens at all, which is a shame as they're much more fun to make..





Lathe is small enough to drag outside in good weather. :)


got some more on my instagram if anyone wants to have a look :) 

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Good thread to start ;)

Current WIP at home, I added the lights, extractor, radiator and painted it last year but the rest was pretty shit so I wanted to get ripping it apart and sorting it out. The plumbing was awful, the walls aren't straight, the floor has been hacked about loads and it just wasn't a happy room!


Plumbers were useless:




Image won't rotate for some reason but this is where I'm up to so far, skirting, edge strips and wiring of the vanity lights and shaver socket to go


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My workshop has come a long way in 2 years, finally fitted a new roof and I've nearly got my office finished, just struggling to find spare time to do it!




I was glad to get rid of the terrible plastic roof that leaked!



The roof lights have transformed the space inside, I don't need the lights on during the day now and It is less of a dark and horrible place to be


It's 8mx40m so quite a big space to maintain but I've managed to fill it!

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A pantry fit i took on recently, it was kitted out with a secondhand kitchen unit 40 years ago and the space didn't make any sense


Stripped out, false wall and ceiling assed to straighten the room and cover all the wiring


MDF units constructed and fitted, these were made in 2 pieces so that they would actually get through the doorway, even in half they still had very little wiggle room!


Reclaimed teak top (old science table) gave some character to what it quite a lifeless looking room!


I recycled the old pine shelving to make the drawer fronts, stained to match the worktop


Led lighting added to the top shelves to create a focal point on the glassware


I have since fitted a new light and floor, I just haven't got round to taking photos yet but it looks far better

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I made some super simple but really effective bike mounts for my cars roof bars the other day as a bit of a spur of the moment thing. 


I'll get some photos of them in use, but basically they just bolt to the channel in my roof bars and the front axle bolts through them. One suits a 20mm, one suits a 15x110 and the last one's a 15x100, to suit my bike and the 2 friends I'd planned a ride with. I might make a couple more soon to cover more combinations of friends bikes. As my car's an estate I can set the roof bars far enough apart that the rear wheel sits on the other bar and just gets strapped straight to it. They've cost me nothing and they're small enough I can throw them in one of the cubby-holes in the boot and bolt them on when needed. 

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So they go straight into the T track? That's a really neat solution!

I was given some bike racks that I modified to 9mm axle mount as my forks were too long for the arms to reach the downtube. I then made brackets to allow 15mm and 20mm forks to work too when I upgraded my forks




I used a 3D printer to make the bushes to adapt from 20-15mm

I also used a 3D printer to make a chainguide before narrow wide was a thing



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There's too much, I could crash the server :lol:.

My smuggest moment was my rotating TV stand after we built our conservatory.

Our house isn't huge so doesn't warrant 2 TVs down stairs, so I built this from scaffold fixings, pole, bearings and made the carcass in the 1950s/60s bowling sign style..


All cables are routed internally an work within that dwarf wall, theres a stop within the pole to stop the unit going round and round and pulling cables, it has around 300 degrees of rotation. I've built all sorts of furniture for our house, but that is possibly my favourite piece haha.

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I Finally found time to get on with sorting out the free drum sander I picked up a few months back (from @george_seamons uncles workshop). It was 3 phase and the switchgear had issues so I dumped all of that and rebuilt it with single phase stuff. To start with I added a PWM dc motor controller to the conveyor motor and a switch to turn it on and off. The on/off switch I fitted for the main motor will be removed and replaced with a tachometer instead so I can monitor the speed and a NVR switch will be added to control the motor that turns both the drums. The original 5hp motor is going and being replaced with a 3HP single phase motor that I have sitting spare, this is temporary until I have an upgraded circuit added to my workshop for a more powerful motor but will do for now as long as I take it slowly and with very shallow passes. Once I have ordered a new belt (current one is shredded!) I should be able to get it cranking over and earning its keep!


I've also acquired four treadmills recently to steal the motors off for decent HP and variable speed goodness to power the following machines I've picked up:


Alexander Pantograph (was 3 phase) for £50, it weighs an absolute ton and is beautifully engineered! Now converted to a 2hp DC motor


Converted my free Shopsmith from a burnt out 1 1/8hp motor with shit variable speed pulleys to a 2.5hp DC motor, just waiting on new bearings to arrive and that can go back together properly.


Viceroy lathe that was being scrapped at the school I taught at, converted from 3phase 1hp to 3hp dc motor. The new motor slotted straight on!


I should probably start making things...

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I'm the same Paul, sometimes I have more fun making tools, solutions or templates then I do actually doing the job.

Yesterday I spent the whole day making laminate templates for a machine I'm restoring, there's some horrendous shapes going on there but enjoyed that far more then actually doing the machine :lol: 

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Slightly undecided as to where to post this, could go happy thread, bike thread or here!

The reverb on the intense had burped some air past the ifp so needed a quick bleed and service. It's not been too long since I replaced all the seals and orings so figured they would be OK.

Being almost 6 years old and only having one service in its lifetime the three brass keys have worn a little so the saddle had a little rotational play in it. The top seal head DU bush had failed last time so I replaced it with a solid delrin bush which worked fine but the original wiper seal had become a bit baggy and wasn't keeping the necessary fluids in the right places.

You can't buy a replacement wiper seal individually, only by buying a complete new seal head for 35 quid or the complete service kit for 60ish. Likewise you can't buy individual brass keys of the varying sizes (unless you get the full service kit which has a range of sizes).

Machined a 2.72mm brass key at work and then fettled the diameter with some emery cloth and my drill to tighten it up a little; ended up at 2.7mm and it's snugged it up nicely.

Started hunting for a replacement seal, the shaft is 24.98mm and the seal head is 33.4mm. That equates to a wiper seal with 1" ID and 1 5/16" OD, this conveniently doesn't exist and is a rockshox special.

Took a chance on a 25x33 wiper, a touch snug on the shaft and because it's a snap in rather than a push in (soft polyurethane body with no metal reinforcing) it just pulled out of the housing. I glued the f**ker in with loctite retaining compound and its now holding, hopefully it lasts!

TL:DR I serviced and repaired my seat post for the grand total of 3.75 rather than the 125+ it you'd have cost to send it to tf tuned or similar :)

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I have had some fun making an attachment for my little digger. I have quite a lot of soil with bricks and rubble in to sort through and wanted to screen it fairly effortlessly, unfortunately they start from around £4000 and my budget wasn't going to stretch to that.
So this is a soil screener built from scrap, mostly an old cement mixer and fertiliser spreader, the only new parts are the guide wheels, rubber mounts, hydraulic pump and hoses. The plan was to keep the cost at £500 all in...including labour! Landrover gearbox mounts keep the hydraulic motor and guide wheels isolated from vibration, longboard wheels for the guides and an old ram piston was perfect for the bracket pins!
It's rough and ready but seems to be solid enough for my needs, the wall thickness of that tubing is pretty mighty! Unfortunately I've not had soil dry enough to test it properly but it is working pretty well with the wet stuff I've got so I have no doubt it'll work fine when dry!
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On 20/04/2018 at 1:30 PM, JD™ said:

brewery things

Looks cool!

I’m an engineering technician at a big name brewery and kegging is my specialty, if you ever need to talk shop fire me a pm I’m a geek for all this :D


As for my contribution? I’ve spent 4 years renovating my first home good and proper, I’m now a burnt out shell of the spritely young man I once was

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