Metalworking at the barn

George CarlsonBuild Log, Making, News, Tools

Woodworking has always been a big part of the work going on at The MakerBarn, but now we are seeing more metal projects being built.  With the completion of the machine shop, addition of powder coating, and the near completion of the welding shop, expect to see even more heavy iron at The MakerBarn in the near future.

Jody Cochran is powder coating a small weldment used on the new miter saw table being built by Kyle Fraczek. It’s just a large washer with a 1/2″ nut welded in, but you could never find one at the hardware store.  It’s used for mounting the feet on the large cabinet.

Rob Nixon made this super dial indicator holder for the lathe.  Made from 6061 aluminum, brass, and steel, it should last a lifetime.

This is a special quick-clamp designed for the new welding table.  It is a good example of offset turning on the metal lathe.  Judging from the orange power coat paint, the steel was probably left over from a Harbor Freight project.  Just some scrap from the junk box, now it’s a handy tool.