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Too_Many_Tools
09-10-2010, 07:37 PM
Being at the right place at the right time, I was given a whole lot of NEW black iron 2" pipe.

Life is good. ;<)

Now I am looking for suggestions as to what to build with this windfall.

Got any suggestions?

Thanks

TMT

Evan
09-10-2010, 07:58 PM
Make a really long pole.


http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg

Black_Moons
09-10-2010, 08:04 PM
Build a new shop, outta welded 2" cast iron pipe. Not sure what to use to fill in the walls, but whatever.

Bob Farr
09-10-2010, 08:15 PM
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dockrat
09-10-2010, 08:17 PM
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
...


But we all know what your thinking :D

spope14
09-10-2010, 08:17 PM
Send me about 50 feet so I can think it over.....

lynnl
09-10-2010, 09:11 PM
This thread seems very familiar. ...did you get a big load of free pipe once before?

Too_Many_Tools
09-10-2010, 09:19 PM
Send me about 50 feet so I can think it over.....

Would it fit in a USPS box? ;<)

TMT

Too_Many_Tools
09-10-2010, 09:23 PM
This thread seems very familiar. ...did you get a big load of free pipe once before?


Hmm....might have. I get really lucky sometimes....brass, steel, aluminum...I don't discriiminate when it is new and FREE.

I think I need to build another rack for stock..anyone have a good plan for one out of pipe?

TMT

Too_Many_Tools
09-10-2010, 09:25 PM
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
If I donít have anything nice to say I wonít say anything at all.
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But do you have plans for stuff made out of pipe? ;<)

TMT

Too_Many_Tools
09-10-2010, 09:32 PM
While on the subject of pipe, does anyone have a suggestion for a pipe notcher that works well?

The days of nibbling away with the bandsaw are in the past considering how much pipe I have...and more is coming.

TMT

Liger Zero
09-10-2010, 09:37 PM
I need a platform built to access the "tower" on a vertical molding press that will be arriving in the next couple of weeks.


In all seriousness if I sketch a design and figure out what I need would you be.... willing to... ahem... "work something out" possibly an exchange of some sort? ;)

Liger Zero
09-10-2010, 10:08 PM
Delete this. Wires got crossed.

Al Messer
09-10-2010, 11:27 PM
Being at the right place at the right time, I was given a whole lot of NEW black iron 2" pipe.

Life is good. ;<)

Now I am looking for suggestions as to what to build with this windfall.

Got any suggestions?

Thanks

TMT


A water tube Steam boiler?

Al

gwilson
09-11-2010, 12:10 AM
Hell of a waste of vertical space,Evan.

Rookie machinist
09-11-2010, 12:18 AM
You can build a pipe rack out of pipe for your new found free pipe.

LOL Evan

Too_Many_Tools
09-11-2010, 12:19 AM
Hell of a waste of vertical space,Evan.

Hey...I thought it was really funny.

TMT

Oldbrock
09-11-2010, 12:43 AM
Built a 18' swing for my daughter out of 5. Peter

Too_Many_Tools
09-11-2010, 12:51 AM
You can build a pipe rack out of pipe for your new found free pipe.

LOL Evan

I am considering that ...but I think 2" pipe might be a bit light.

The racks I build usually use 4" tubing/6" I-beam for the loading they get.

A small stock rack can easily have several tons sitting on it.

TMT

Cobbler
09-11-2010, 01:05 AM
Make a really long pole.


http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg


+1 on that idea... the gauntlet has been thrown down.

RobbieKnobbie
09-11-2010, 01:30 AM
Make a really long pole.


http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg
http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg
http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg


Don't you just hate it when someone lazily hits the 'Quote' button and then leaves way more in the quote than is necessary?

Too_Many_Tools
09-11-2010, 04:21 AM
Hmmm...I may have to go get some more FREE pipe.

TMT

Rigger
09-11-2010, 06:36 AM
Make a really long pole.


http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg

http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg

http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg

http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg




In which case you will have this much.

Rigger

Rigger
09-11-2010, 06:42 AM
How about a cage for this ?

http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2010-05-13-files_troll_2.jpg

Found it on Google under troll pictures.

Rigger

MuellerNick
09-11-2010, 06:56 AM
You could play pick-a-stick. That should keep you occupied for some time.


Nick

oldtiffie
09-11-2010, 07:58 AM
Build a space-frame bridge for the troll.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ad/SpaceFrame02.png/250px-SpaceFrame02.png

from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_frame

KiddZimaHater
09-11-2010, 12:48 PM
If you have kids or grandkids, you could build them one hell-of-a Jungle Gym.
http://www.ethanham.com/blog/uploaded_images/Exh-view_Art-Unlimited-2009_SHEAS35487_6_slide-745515.jpg

kc5ezc
09-11-2010, 01:02 PM
Fence posts and gates. Always need more 2 inch pipe. 200 feet? Good score...almost a tool gloat.

gwilson
09-11-2010, 01:12 PM
Keep that stupid crap up and this site will become as slow as PM. Is that what you want?

Too_Many_Tools
09-11-2010, 01:47 PM
Fence posts and gates. Always need more 2 inch pipe. 200 feet? Good score...almost a tool gloat.


Good idea.

It is more than 200'...I just got tired of counting.

And the overall fence idea is a really good idea...along with the 2' pipe I got almost as much 1.5" pipe too...new and FREE too. ;<)

Another thought is that I may do some horse trading with the local metal shoppe for tubing, angle and I-beams to refill my stock. Some aluminum and brass would be on the shopping list too.

TMT

Too_Many_Tools
09-11-2010, 01:48 PM
If you have kids or grandkids, you could build them one hell-of-a Jungle Gym.
http://www.ethanham.com/blog/uploaded_images/Exh-view_Art-Unlimited-2009_SHEAS35487_6_slide-745515.jpg


Hmm...what is that?

TMT

Mcgyver
09-11-2010, 03:19 PM
Keep that stupid crap up and this site will become as slow as PM. Is that what you want?

you'll have to be more specific

fredwillis
09-11-2010, 03:42 PM
Make a cnc mill out of it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PSG2al1Sus

http://www.youtube.com/v/8PSG2al1Sus

Black Forest
09-11-2010, 06:22 PM
Go to a horse farm and contract to build them a fence.

I use my horizontal mill to notch pipe for panels and fence. Works pefect.

Evan, you owe me a new mouse. I wore out the scroll wheel!!!

KiddZimaHater
09-11-2010, 06:39 PM
Hmm...what is that?
I have no idea, TMT.
I did an image search for "Jungle Gym" and that cool-looking gizmo popped-up.
Maybe it's an 'industrial' Jungle Gym.:D

Black Forest
09-11-2010, 06:41 PM
That thing with all the pipes is a screen saver.

oldtiffie
09-11-2010, 10:02 PM
Lottsa "Jungle Jims" here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungle_Jim

Lottsa "Tarzans":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarzan

Lottsa "Supermans" too:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_(comic_book)

Us poor "mere mortals" don't stand a chance.
http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&source=hp&q=mere+mortals+definition&aq=1&aqi=g7g-s1g2&aql=&oq=mere+mortal&gs_rfai=&fp=aa2ddf24bc56fe27

Cheeseking
09-11-2010, 11:44 PM
Well drilling rig?

Astronowanabe
09-12-2010, 04:16 AM
a hyper cube!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d7/8-cell.gif/220px-8-cell.gif

whitis
09-12-2010, 08:29 AM
Make stilts so you can climb over the fence and steal some kee-klamp pipe fittings (or other brand structural set-screw pipe fittings) to go with it. :-)

Give it to someone else. Shortly afterwards, you will be innundated with ideas for how to use it.

Storage racks for pipe/bar stock.
Shelving.
Overhead grid (attachment points for hoists, lights, fans, etc).
Light duty Travelling hoists
Swing arm hoists for rotary tables, chucks, heavy work, etc.
Equipment bases
large but less than rigid CNC gantry mill
a light duty lathe
Outriggers for radial arm saws, tablesaws, etc.
Greenhouse, coldgrame, carport, covered work area, buildings.
Lofts over your equipment for storage.
Bunk beds.
A frame or teepee for hoisting.
Pipe rollers for moving machine tools.
Other rigging
Safety guards.
Frames for the photography area for attaching lights, etc.
Copy Stands, book scannners, etc.
Beefy tripods
Light trees (as in stage lighting)
Camera crane
Ladders.
Wheelchair ramps, railings.
Elevator.
Sculpture
workbenches
LCD monitor mounts
computer workstations
carts, dollies, mobile bases.
playground equipment
ladder rack for your truck
Lights for your machine toools
Garmet racks, clothesline poles (keep the lady happy).
swingset
a fence
fire escape
Gazebo
trellis
awning
An antenna tower
Trusses
Safety carts for welding cylinders
Shavings :)
Rack for spools of wire, tape, etc.
Tool holder racks
small hydraulic shop press
Guilitine mount for portable band saw.
A trailer
An overhead line shaft for your antique machines.
burners for heat treating
Machine enclosures
Mounts for CNC controls
Spindles
Spacers/standoffs for clamping work above the mill table.
A univerasal pillar tool http://modelenginenews.org/meng/upt/index.html
Cylindrical squares
EIA Equipment Rack
Pipe clamps
Sign posts
A tapping arm or tapping stand
Shear, brake, and/or slip roll
An articulated arm belt sander
bender
english wheel
power feeder arm for woodworking machinery
planishing hammer
machine stands
A radial arm saw or sliding miter saw
overarm router
cut into 6-12" lengths, sandwich between two plates and make a honecomb structure for an optics bench, machine tool table, etc.
pistons for a steam engine
a hydraulic ram pump
a fort
An arbor press
A paint spray/powder coat booth
Welding booth/safety guards
Camera Dolly and tracks for filmmaking
electrode for electrolytic derusting
An oxygen lance
Serrurier truss for telescope
scaffolding
Furniture
solar/wind towers/mounts/etc.
cylinders for steam engines, sterling engines, etc.
robot
Rollers for conveyor, belt sander, etc.
general rigging for machine tool moves
load supports for trailer
Burning Man Mutant Vehicles
Annular gears/geared rollers/gear cutting practice
A grown up erector set.


One nice thing about the set-screw fittings, is you can make what you need today and later turn it into what you need tomorrow. The downside is you will wish you scored the fittings and had to buy the pipe.

If you can't find a use for it, any live theater or movie outfit would jump at it.

Dr Stan
09-12-2010, 11:00 AM
There's a home owner in Wasilla Alaska who needs a fence to keep out the boys so her teenage daughter won't get pregnant again. :D

vpt
09-12-2010, 11:52 AM
Make a really long pole.


http://ixian.ca/pics7/longpipe.jpg




This should be quoted on every page.

dockrat
09-12-2010, 12:42 PM
This should be quoted on every page.

No effing way!!!!! My next thread will be on how to replace the bearings in my mouse's scroll wheel.

Too_Many_Tools
09-12-2010, 12:48 PM
Make stilts so you can climb over the fence and steal some kee-klamp pipe fittings (or other brand structural set-screw pipe fittings) to go with it. :-)

Give it to someone else. Shortly afterwards, you will be innundated with ideas for how to use it.

Storage racks for pipe/bar stock.
Shelving.
Overhead grid (attachment points for hoists, lights, fans, etc).
Light duty Travelling hoists
Swing arm hoists for rotary tables, chucks, heavy work, etc.
Equipment bases
large but less than rigid CNC gantry mill
a light duty lathe
Outriggers for radial arm saws, tablesaws, etc.
Greenhouse, coldgrame, carport, covered work area, buildings.
Lofts over your equipment for storage.
Bunk beds.
A frame or teepee for hoisting.
Pipe rollers for moving machine tools.
Other rigging
Safety guards.
Frames for the photography area for attaching lights, etc.
Copy Stands, book scannners, etc.
Beefy tripods
Light trees (as in stage lighting)
Camera crane
Ladders.
Wheelchair ramps, railings.
Elevator.
Sculpture
workbenches
LCD monitor mounts
computer workstations
carts, dollies, mobile bases.
playground equipment
ladder rack for your truck
Lights for your machine toools
Garmet racks, clothesline poles (keep the lady happy).
swingset
a fence
fire escape
Gazebo
trellis
awning
An antenna tower
Trusses
Safety carts for welding cylinders
Shavings :)
Rack for spools of wire, tape, etc.
Tool holder racks
small hydraulic shop press
Guilitine mount for portable band saw.
A trailer
An overhead line shaft for your antique machines.
burners for heat treating
Machine enclosures
Mounts for CNC controls
Spindles
Spacers/standoffs for clamping work above the mill table.
A univerasal pillar tool http://modelenginenews.org/meng/upt/index.html
Cylindrical squares
EIA Equipment Rack
Pipe clamps
Sign posts
A tapping arm or tapping stand
Shear, brake, and/or slip roll
An articulated arm belt sander
bender
english wheel
power feeder arm for woodworking machinery
planishing hammer
machine stands
A radial arm saw or sliding miter saw
overarm router
cut into 6-12" lengths, sandwich between two plates and make a honecomb structure for an optics bench, machine tool table, etc.
pistons for a steam engine
a hydraulic ram pump
a fort
An arbor press
A paint spray/powder coat booth
Welding booth/safety guards
Camera Dolly and tracks for filmmaking
electrode for electrolytic derusting
An oxygen lance
Serrurier truss for telescope
scaffolding
Furniture
solar/wind towers/mounts/etc.
cylinders for steam engines, sterling engines, etc.
robot
Rollers for conveyor, belt sander, etc.
general rigging for machine tool moves
load supports for trailer
Burning Man Mutant Vehicles
Annular gears/geared rollers/gear cutting practice
A grown up erector set.


One nice thing about the set-screw fittings, is you can make what you need today and later turn it into what you need tomorrow. The downside is you will wish you scored the fittings and had to buy the pipe.

If you can't find a use for it, any live theater or movie outfit would jump at it.


Great list...thanks.

A number of uses that I had not thought of.

TMT

Dr Stan
09-12-2010, 03:26 PM
How 'bout a pair of 100' tall stilts? Don't forget the pics. :D

Liger Zero
09-12-2010, 03:29 PM
Giant cannon for flinging small pellets out of Earth orbit? :D

DanGunit
09-13-2010, 04:57 AM
A backyard rollercoaster...

camdigger
09-13-2010, 04:53 PM
I built lots o stuff out of 2" ID pipe. Takes some coping, either free hand, oxy-acet torch, plasma torch, or angle grinder, but I've built saw horses, pipe racks, cattle feeders, wind breaks, lawn tractor towable drive way grader, fuel tank stand, portable gantry, leg vise stand, wheel spindle/hubs, 3 PT hitch ginpole, log splitter frame, backhoe axle, 10 bale stook fork for FEL, harrow drawbar, engine crane, welding table legs, picnic table, chicken tractor, and ...

Thinking about a jib crane, boom crane, water well drilling derrick, wind mill tower, antenna tower, work scaffold for painting, and....

Not to mention rollers for a rigger's toolbox for spotting machine tools.

A cousin built a tent frame with 2" and 2 1/2" pipe to be covered with the ubiquitous blue tarps.......

Hmmm, I've got another 1200' or so of 2" in stock and 30 ' of 8" and some 4" and some 5" and some 5/8", 3/4", 7/8', and 1" solid rod to use up. A little short on plate and flat though....:o

Post some pics of what you decide to fab up TMT.....

fredwillis
09-13-2010, 05:02 PM
A backyard rollercoaster...

that would be a step up from the cardboard and dry grass hills we used to play on as kids. Now that was cheap and fun for a kid.

camdigger
09-13-2010, 05:28 PM
that would be a step up from the cardboard and dry grass hills we used to play on as kids. Now that was cheap and fun for a kid.

Sounds like almost as much fun as the 100' long silage pit tarp and garden hose - slip - n - slide super sized!....

Too_Many_Tools
09-13-2010, 06:13 PM
I built lots o stuff out of 2" ID pipe. Takes some coping, either free hand, oxy-acet torch, plasma torch, or angle grinder, but I've built saw horses, pipe racks, cattle feeders, wind breaks, lawn tractor towable drive way grader, fuel tank stand, portable gantry, leg vise stand, wheel spindle/hubs, 3 PT hitch ginpole, log splitter frame, backhoe axle, 10 bale stook fork for FEL, harrow drawbar, engine crane, welding table legs, picnic table, chicken tractor, and ...

Thinking about a jib crane, boom crane, water well drilling derrick, wind mill tower, antenna tower, work scaffold for painting, and....

Not to mention rollers for a rigger's toolbox for spotting machine tools.

A cousin built a tent frame with 2" and 2 1/2" pipe to be covered with the ubiquitous blue tarps.......

Hmmm, I've got another 1200' or so of 2" in stock and 30 ' of 8" and some 4" and some 5" and some 5/8", 3/4", 7/8', and 1" solid rod to use up. A little short on plate and flat though....:o

Post some pics of what you decide to fab up TMT.....

Yeah...sometimes the cup runneth over with stock...a good problem to have.

FWIW...finding good surplus plate is a hard one for me too...it took quite awhile for me to find suitable stock for benches and welding tables.

While I could just go buy it new, the challenge to develop surplus sources is worthwhile...when you look, you will find...and many times items you find items you never knew you needed.

For the next rigger's box, try looking for the rollers that come out of a heavy duty treadmill.

Mind posting any pictures of cranes you built?

What the heck is a chicken tractor?
(Yes I do read what other write,) ;<)

Good list of things to build.

Thanks

TMT

Dr Stan
09-13-2010, 06:23 PM
What the heck is a chicken tractor?

A chicken sized tractor? :D

camdigger
09-13-2010, 06:31 PM
Yeah...sometimes the cup runneth over with stock...a good problem to have.

FWIW...finding good surplus plate is a hard one for me too...it took quite awhile for me to find suitable stock for benches and welding tables.

While I could just go buy it new, the challenge to develop surplus sources is worthwhile...when you look, you will find...and many times items you find items you never knew you needed.

For the next rigger's box, try looking for the rollers that come out of a heavy duty treadmill.

Mind posting any pictures of cranes you built?

What the heck is a chicken tractor?
(Yes I do read what other write,) ;<)

Good list of things to build.

Thanks

TMT

Google "chicken tractor" (not the name I'da chosen). Think movable chicken pen. Gives the eggs an almost flourescent orange yolk - seriously!!!:D
As for the cranes, sorry, none of the pictures are loaded to photobucket (too much of a PITA:rolleyes: )

camdigger
09-13-2010, 07:28 PM
Be a simple welding project to make up a bench for a machine tool like a lathe of mill, or even a blacksmith's leg vise..

mayfieldtm
09-13-2010, 07:38 PM
Make a model of one of the "3D Pipes" (The Windows Screen Saver).

Tom M.

Too_Many_Tools
09-13-2010, 11:19 PM
Make a model of one of the "3D Pipes" (The Windows Screen Saver).

Tom M.


It would make one heck of a piece of lawn art.

TMT