[Clayart] why do we love
melpots2 at visi.com
Wed Oct 5 17:59:46 EDT 2016
fred? read his post on the flat top.
man, do i ever admire that guy.
i hope people realize that he was in the merchant marines on
a ship during world war 2. (lots of ships.) (he was just a
kid..) of course now he will correct me...don't you love it.
i call him...FRIEND.
fred, we called it flat top because it looked flat.
we knew it was a dome. and, critical to the design.
i inserted a half hard brick (split) under the 5/8 inch bars
half way down the kiln...four sides.
it spreads the bars out, and adds tension.
no washers for this kid. just one under each nut.
nils and i built the first prototype kiln on lake minnetonka
and we used pieces of bed frame...yes, bed frame angle iron
welded to make the corner brackets... and 1/4 inch all
thread rods. held just fine...but, i went to 5/8th inch rod
when i built my big kiln. at the farm we welded 1/2 inch
bolts to the ends of 1/2 inch re/rod. smaller kilns.
i got to use my new lincoln mig welder with gas...i intslled
a 100 foot outdoor wire 20 amp cord. we can move it to any
kiln for welding etc. it is a dedicated circuit. just the
100 feet of wire was near a hundred bucks...but, it is worth
its weight in gold when we need it.
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