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Jig for forging Bamboo by ou8nrtist2 Jig for forging Bamboo by ou8nrtist2
Here is my set-up for forging bamboo from stainless steel tubing (.o65 wall) with an AIR OPERATED 20 ton hydraulic ram (the red thing on the right). There's an air line connected to my compressor and a HAND CONTROL . So I heat a spot on the tubing (with the torch)all the way around the circumference of the tube ,then hit the hand control and the pressure forces the heat weakened joint to give way and deform OUTWARD making a nice bulging ring which looks remarkably like a joint on a stalk of bamboo. I've built this apparatus on a long steel beam which has a block on the end welded as a stop.This way I can forge an 8 foot long tube.
The next picture in my gallery is the display unit I made from these bamboo tubes. It was in a boutique for designer glasses that required transparent shelves so the products could be seen from any angle. This is again SITE SPECIFIC DESIGN.
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quarkenzyme Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
hah! its cool, when i read that it had a 20 ton ram, i guessed the procedure for making it look like bamboo! hah! i could be a blacksmith yet! :XD:
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
That is such a great idea!...... i have to show it to my toolmaker.......;).....me hubby that is......
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional
I hope you are using air tools so already have a decent compressor hooked up,right ?
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
yes, we have a really nice one. Definitely set up for air.... ;)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional
And do you have a Harbor Freight nearby ?
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
a couple hours drive away....
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional
Still worth it.
Their air tools are so cheap as to be nearly disposable...
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
we stop in there when we are in the area....it's like a kid in a candy store :) my feet usually end up hurting cuz of all the looking/drooling....
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional
I used to buy a dozen electric grinders at a time for $15.oo bucks each and just bring em back when they burnt out for a free replacement,shuffling receipts. but they won't do that anymore. Their still the cheapest place for right angle air die grinders which I use allot...
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RoninPsycho Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting...you are REALLY resourceful in your creations. Again, I never would've thought about that.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional
You HAVE to be to a certain extent,
since the materials I use are very expensive.
Stainless steel has DOUBLED in price in the last year...
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RoninPsycho Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Damn, that's not going to be good for me then. And I want to experiment with titanium too, which is more expensive. By the time I can start making anything, it's going to be expensive as hell unless the prices drop.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional
Right now most metal goes to India and China.
But with the world monetary crisis becoming more evident daily,that may change.
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RoninPsycho Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah...wait, with the coming recession, does that mean metal prices will increase or decrease? I'm not sure.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional
What I meant was that overall availability of metal will decrease.
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RoninPsycho Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh...well, that means the price will go up then, right? With less availability, they'll most likely raise prices.
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