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Old 02-10-2010, 01:46 PM
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Hey guys, I just found this site and I must say I am impressed talent in this place. I've been sheet metal mechanic for quite a few years and this is the kind of stuff that really gets me going. I'm hoping to get some feedback on my accomplishments -even constructive criticism so I can learn even more.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:33 PM
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Metaldiva, thanks for joining us and welcome to TheSheetMetalShop.. The work looks GREAT thanks for sharing. Hope you keep stopping in

Was the layout done on the bench or plasma?
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:32 PM
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Work looks very professional. I would let you make a kitchen hood for me if you were in my area.
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:43 AM
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Nice work,classic look.
What did you use to hammer it with,press?
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Old 02-11-2010, 05:04 PM
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Very nice!! How did you get the finishes? What metal did you use? Oh Yeah! Welcome. dupree
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:52 AM
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All layout and cutting was done by hand and each little dimple was hammered by my own very tired arm and a ball peen hammer. The color finishes were achieved by using products by ShurFin . The finishes are the hardest part cause it takes a few times of applying and then taking everything off and re applying. But then I am my own worst critic.ainting:
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Old 02-12-2010, 04:31 PM
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I made a copper hood for a client back in the 80's. We beat it with ballpeen hammers, welders hammers, and towing chains to give it a beat up look. The guy loved it. We just let it patina natural. I looked up lehigh acres and found you are on the other side of Lake Okeechobee from me. I'm in palm beach county. Do you own your shop? dupree
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Old 02-12-2010, 04:45 PM
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Unfortunately no. At the time I made these hoods I was employed by a company called Oney Sheet Metal. I worked for them for 25 years and now I want to go it alone. It's been tough because I dont have access to all the fun tools needed to do it. I have a small makeshift shop in the garage with welders, compressors,
a small (32") break, roller and shear combo and can only do small stuff. But I'm not whupped yet. I still have dreams and aspriations of owning my own place. One day.......
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:57 PM
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Metaldiva- Great Work- how did you seam the corners? I'm thinking of doing a smaller hood in my own kitchen out of brass. I have quite a bit of it left over from a previous project. "I still have dreams and aspriations of owning my own place. One day.......
" Make sure you have the work! Been there, done that! lol. Didn't make much $$, but had almost no stress either. Now I'm back in a larger shop again, same story as before. Seems like there isn't a happy medium...
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