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jep24601
12-02-2012, 12:38 PM
I have a couple of 2" dia x 1/16" wall thickness copper pipes each 20' long. I slit one lengthwise and flattened it to 6 1/4" wide sheet. I am slicing a strip off that for a lightning rod conductor and then I plan to make some jaw vice protectors.

What to do with the rest? Make a hammered copper lamp stand? Slice and flatten the other pipe. Weigh it in? Any suggestions?

Dave S.
12-02-2012, 12:54 PM
Model boiler. http://www.maccsteam.com/index.html

Dave

Evan
12-02-2012, 12:57 PM
That's about 30 lbs of copper each pipe. Current price of copper is about $3.50 a lb. You will maybe get half that for clean scrap like that. To buy it you would pay two to three times the price per lb.

Mcgyver
12-02-2012, 12:59 PM
I find its handy to have around, wrap around stuff to project work from lathe chuck jaws, used as the outer skin for internal laps etc. would take awhile to go through 20' though!

Evan
12-02-2012, 12:59 PM
Boiler is a good idea. Cut the pipe into about 40 six inch pieces and flog them on e-Bay for 10 bucks each.

dockrat
12-02-2012, 01:15 PM
Make an oil lamp

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh67/Dockrat1/IMGP1326Medium.jpg

EddyCurr
12-02-2012, 01:31 PM
Pick up a copy of Art Jewelry Magazine (http://art.jewelrymakingmagazines.com/) at your favorite newstand
and consider trying your hand at Chasing and Repousse


Davide Bigazzi- The Art of Chasing & Repousse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YAIwQzmn7E)

The Art Of Chasing And Repousse On Copper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs4bMGhHruI)

doorknob
12-02-2012, 03:55 PM
Make some high-current bus-bar power distribution terminal strips.

Some examples at: https://www.google.com/search?q=copper+power+distribution+bus+bar&hl=en&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=8L-7UOmjE7TO0QH8soC4Aw&ved=0CAQQ_AUoAA&biw=960&bih=477

loose nut
12-02-2012, 05:08 PM
Model boiler. http://www.maccsteam.com/index.html

Dave

Nope, unless you are planning to make them very low pressure a copper boiler needs to be 1/8" thick. Old boiler plans that used 1/16" material, rivets and soft solder are no longer used, not safe.

Bob Fisher
12-02-2012, 05:21 PM
I'm with Evan, sell it and move on. Must be something more useful you could do with the money instead of inventing uses for it. Copper vise jaw protectors are not inexpensive though. Bob.

Mcgyver
12-02-2012, 06:00 PM
Nope, unless you are planning to make them very low pressure a copper boiler needs to be 1/8" thick. Old boiler plans that used 1/16" material, rivets and soft solder are no longer used, not safe.

Not really; the thickness needed for a boiler is directly proportional to its dia and its operating pressure. The 2.5" diam ones offered commercially in the links above are 16 gauge or a little less than 1/16"

I agree you want to do the calculations and be safe....but there is no 'right' thickness. At a certain diam and pressure, 1/8 isn't safe either

CCWKen
12-02-2012, 06:06 PM
Make token coins as gifts or premiums.
Use it for copper plating anodes.
Use it as a backer when welding thin sheet metal.
Make machine labels and tags.
Make a spot welder secondary winding.
Make "healing" bracelets.

Sell the rest or send it to me. :)