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Ash Tool for Mini, $3000

Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
edited 1:12PM in EggHead Forum
Been meaning to make an ash tool for my mini and finally did it. Works great, but my powder coat gun was on the fritz and didn't work too well. I'll probably have to redo that if it starts to rust.

All I needed was some scrap angle iron, a 3/16" steel rod, a dead dogwood branch for the handle and...

a 2-stage air compressor
a sandblast cabinet
a Mig welder
a powder coat gun
sigh, and a dedicated kitchen stove to cure to pc (it's in my garage :))
a drill press to drill the hole in the handle
a horizontal bandsaw to cut the pieces!
Oh, and a drawknife and spokeshave to debark and smooth the handle.

I tried turning a nice looking handle on the lathe, but I'm not very good at it. Gave up after I trashed two blanks and cut myself!

About $3000 worth of tools, some Neosporin and a band-aid, to make a $10 ash tool! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Michael 
Central Connecticut 

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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    hehehehehehe!!!

    That's how I get my tools too. Nice looking ash tool though.

    Kent
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  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    I just knew we were related! :ohmy: :laugh: :P :woohoo: :silly: :cheer:
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 15,560
    but think of the cost incrementally - the next one you make will bring the cost down for both to a mere $1,500
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • I like the way you roll.....
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    more. I think my powdercoat gun is toast. hahaha
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    well, I DO have relatives in Cincinnati! :laugh:
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • krickskricks Posts: 244
    I resemble that remark... painted my kitchen cabinets... ended up with 2 new Stanley Max sawhorses!
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    I've had most of that stuff for some years now. The only thing I actually bought to make the ash tool was the steel rod. But a $3000 ash tool makes a better headline. :)
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    Thanks, Kent. I was restoring an old car once upon a time. Needed two simple sheet metal parts that cost about $100 ea. For $200, I bought a sheet metal brake instead. Made the two parts and broke even. Haven't used the brake much since then... but I COULD! :laugh:
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • Sounds like the cost of me catching a bonefish or a trout! And then I don't even keep 'em. Nice finished product though, Scott
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  • TnVolKenTnVolKen Posts: 198
    Just what I am looking for, but the $3000 price tag might be a little high.
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    Story of my life! :blush:
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Yes but it looks soo nice. :lol:
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    I'm having a sale next week. 50% off! :laugh:
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • You 'carpenter' like I carpenter. I like you.

    Spring "Real Carpenters Bleed For A Reason" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    "Bleed for a reason", huh? I don't want to delve too deeply into what that reason might be. :laugh: :blush: Over the years, I've been bitten by a tablesaw, a router, an angle grinder, a few knives, a drill press and a lathe. More, I'm sure, but those come immediately to mind.

    The kicker is, right before it happens, I'm usually thinking... I could get hurt doing this!

    Sigh.......
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • But It looks real nice.....

    Dave in Plumas County
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  • This was my last encounter with a table saw.

    LeroysSawedFingers.jpg

    Now I have a lot more respect for table saws, not to mention complete fingers.

    Spring "$&#@$!()@#! Is The Language Of Absent Minded Carpenters" Chicken
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  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,324
    I like my toys too but I think Bordello may have a better thing going.............maybe we can get him to swap some............t
    www.ceramicgrillstore.com ACGP, Inc.
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    Man, you really didn't have to post that!! I haven't had dinner yet! :laugh: None of my injuries have even come close. Makes you pay more attention though... sometimes.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 3,673
    Tom . . . check your email, plz
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    Tom, surely you don't mean THOSE toys! Do you? :)
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • HossHoss Posts: 14,587
    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: LOVE IT!!! B)
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  • Projects are always an excuse to by new tools!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 7,861
    I have had some of my BGE tools powdercoated over the last 6 years and find that ,eventho they are fired around 450F they have a tendence to chip, peel and blister over time. This includes my meat tongs which hardly see high heat. If I were to do it over I would save the money for other toys and use them as they are sold, stainless, black porcelain etc. PS you can save many $$$ by not doing the job.

    Vertical poultry holder

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    Veggie basket

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    Meatloaf basket. The handles hang over the end and have become schorched over the years.

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  • thechief96thechief96 Posts: 1,908
    I love making stuff...I always get new tools. :woohoo: Nice ash tool btw. :)
    Dave San Jose, CA The Duke of Loney
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  • RogerTRogerT Posts: 53
    Wow! You're a lucky guy to have something left there for them to sew up. Most that have that encounter with a Table Saw are not that lucky. Almost lost a finger to a Skilsaw a bunch of years back, I can relate to what you went through.

    Roger
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    Actually, all of the other toys were purchased for different reasons over the years. The only out of pocket specifically for powder coating was the gun itself. $50-60 as I recall. Because the firing temp is so low (400° in my case), I wouldn't have thought of doing it for anything that goes into the egg. I use the ash tool before I light the egg (well, usually anyway) so heat won't be an issue. If the bands, hinges etc start to rust, I will pc them and see how it goes.

    The green is cool though. :)
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    Thanks. New tools are always good. :)
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,371
    I thought you might. :laugh:

    Got a package from you today. Holy CRAP!!! Bomba don't hold a candle!!!!! Thanks, my friend - much appreciated!
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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