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DIY Engine Driven Welder Part 4 – It Is Alive!

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I finished my engine driven welder and started welding up my scrap iron anvil! The welder works well and seems to be able to push rods as large a 3/16″. It’s build with the engine from a 1946 Austin Dorset and a 250 amp high-output Ford alternator.    

Lost PLA Cast Aluminum Alternator Pulley

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In order to get my engine driven welder working I needed an 8″ diameter multi-groove pulley to drive the alternator. Rather than buy one I decided to see if I could investment cast one starting from a 3D printed PLA part. Guess what? It worked!

Rare chance at a Steampunk Strat pick guard!

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Rare chance at a Steampunk Strat pick guard! http://con-or-bust.org/author/186/

Hard Facing a DIY Anvil

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I have been assembling an anvil from several slabs of mild steel that have been kicking around the workshop. I milled a horn onto one slab and in this video I harden the billet that will be the top of the anvil. The “right” way to do this is

Vintage Homemade Welder – Part 3: Sparks and Smoke

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I found this welder on Craigslist for a hundred dollars. It’s made with a World War II surplus aircraft generator and the engine from a 1946 Austin Dorset. It’s a 200 Amp DC welder with a four-cylinder pushrod engine. I’ve gotten it running and I tried welding some steel

Who Ya Gonna Call? 2014 Hallowe’en Decorations

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This year our theme for Hallowe’en was Ghostbusters! The inspiration was my wife’s as she looked at the 1973 VW Type III Squareback that is sitting in our driveway. Her name (the car, not my wife) is Adelaide and I am fixing her up for a friend. She will

New Album from Psyche Corporation

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Something special this October: Psyche Corporation has released her 5th album, Romance of the Counter-Elite. Notably, the EP features their popular cover of “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. Do check it out: https://psychecorp.bandcamp.com/album/romance-of-the-counter-elite Besides the cover of Poe’s poem, the remaining songs of the new album cover dark and

The SEA is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia

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“The SEA is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia” out for release November 1st, 2015! IndieGoGo campaign here! The stories in this collection merge technological wonder with the everyday. Children upgrade their fighting spiders with armor, and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. Large fish lumber across the skies, while boat

Bus Windows that Open From the Bottom

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Regular school bus windows work well, but depending on window treatment it can be hard to open them sometimes because the latches are at the top, and they open from the top down. Some time ago I figured out how to disassemble the windows in my bus and reconfigure them

3D Printed Wimshurst Machine

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In the winter time, whenever I pulled a large flat part of off the print bed of my RepRap Prusa Mendel, I would notice a great deal of static electricity. One day the thought occurred to me that I could 3D print a Wimshurst Influence Machine like the one