by Roy Mackey
Here is my 1947 Black and Decker metal shear about to go to work. More sheet steel soon to be sculpture.
Here is a spike anvil I polished up for Andy, a silversmith here in the building. It is for hammering silver on and thus had to be a lot smoother than it was.
Here it is with a fresh coata grey on the base and the belt sander installed. One dream machine now. I also added the thin cut off blade. At least this time it has a bit of a guard around it. The previous cheapo grinder that ran this belt sander was supposedly 1/2hp but this one being 3/4hp makes a HUGE difference. This thing now takes off metal like you would not believe with zero bogging down either. Another fine vintage score to the collection.
One of the reasons I don't get into fabrication is I am lousy at it... you gotta be smarter. As it turned out the sander would not quite bolt on. The inner hole on the mounting plate as you can see below was too small. The green one on the left was the original one. Thank god I don't have common sense or I would have never bought a cnc plasma table. Thus I dived into cutting out a modified replacement. I got lazy drawing up the part so opted to just grind the little notices on the outer diameter. Anyway the part worked and the above pic shows it installed... Without the cnc I would have been hooped as it appears they don't make other plates. Before taking it all apart I checked everything but as usual what can go wrong will go wrong. In the end though I got to play with my cnc and actually save the day.
Here is a small nut I had to weld to a smaller machine screw. Tricky job yet got it the first time miraculously. You have to look closely to get a grip on the size of this weld by realizing the size of the nickle. A bit of a zoomed in shot here.
Late fifties Black and Decker grinder. Works like a dream.
Here is a piece of ten gage plate right off my PlasmaCam prior to clean up.
Here is a test weld I did with my new vintage Jet Avaitor gas torch. What a beauty to weld with. I now have seven different gas welding torches I use.