A engine running stand.... a powder coating set up,,,,, disc sander,,, metal buffer.....
Hey Doc -- Welcome to HomemadeTools.net
Be sure to check out the Homemade Engine Test Stands category if you haven't already. Also, John Niolon has a great engine stand build; not a "test stand" per se, but still a great resource: John Niolon's Engine Stand.
Also see these tags: powder coating, disc sander.
I'm going to poke around to see what we have for a metal buffer build.
Here are pictures of a Powder coating oven I built. I used 2 50 gal drums (shortened) to make the oven inside. For the elements I used 2 stove top burners (22300 watt) a PID (temp controller). A SSR to switch the power on to the burners. You turn it on and set the temp on the PID and its ready to go after it heats up. The PID keeps the temp at what you set it. I lay it down to use one picture shows a trolley for hanging parts and moving into the oven. That is a bead roller frame I built and powder coated in the oven. I roll it around like a wheel barrow and stand it up on its end for storage.
Jon (Mar 10, 2012)
Thanks acourtjester! I added your powder coating oven to the following categories: Automotive, Miscellaneous.
We also have the following tools of yours listed: Brake Line Tubing Bender, GM Transmission Tools, Mill Table Vise, Body and Frame Hoist, Hydraulic Jack Release Handle.
And, I adjusted your position on our Top Builders List to reflect the new tool addition.
I have a plan for building my oven using 2-3 elements from electric stoves, but making them fire and controling the heat is where I could use some tips.
I use an old grocery store oven and most of the time the temp I use is use is 400 for 20 minutes. The thing I do is preheat my parts first especially if they are bulky. I have a spray booth that is made to contain the overspray powder as it is really messy unless you contain it. Powder coating is really easy and a great alternative to plating or polishing parts.
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here is some info the diagram below shows power in (220vac) l1 & l2, the ssr, (electronic switch), temp probe and the PID. The ssr is controlled by the PID that gets its direction from the temp probe. You set the temp on the PID with buttons (say 400) and turn on th oven it will heat up to 400 and keep it there until you change temps or off. The parts can be ordered from Ebay just search for PID you can get it with the temp probe and ssr in a package, you want a ssr with about 60 amp range of higher. You can also find oven elements there too both top and oven elements. I use 2 big top elements for mine because I used a 50 gal drum and the bottom was small. see picture I had all 4 hooked up but disconnected the 2 small ones too much heat.
I used the normal home type insulation from Home Depot 4" thick the brum inside and 22 gauge sheet metal outside cover. I works very well also have a small vent I used a 1" X 2" square tube from in the oven to outside at the top when the oven if laying down to be used. This also is one of feet for standing it up for storage.
I put a small removable post in the end to check temps but found it is not really needed. YOu cook for about 15 minutes so when I put stuff in I watch the PID and when the temp gets back to set temp is start the time and pull it out then. If you want more info email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
DIYer (Nov 25, 2013)
Here is another diagram of the oven electric.
The door on mine is like a cork it has a slight taper and I just push it in no gasket.
The red box has the PID and ssr and 2 switches one for on/off oven control and the other is for ssr control (off while setting it up or cool down time). I power it up and set the temp in the PID then trun on the ssr to run the heat.
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