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The Street of the Clerisy => Arts, Crafts, Music & Drama - The Artisans' Guilds => Topic started by: comrade_general on August 27, 2012, 01:45:22 AM

Title: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 27, 2012, 01:45:22 AM
I decided this is enough for a new topic. Perhaps if I do more things I'll make this my "project" thread. To the point! -->

What to do on a weekend alone?? Well, for someone like me it is to first start off by attempting the construction of a composite bow (http://www.primitiveways.com/pt-composite_bow.html). Unfortunately I don't have any animal horn on hand, so what to use instead? PVC pipe! Yeah maybe that will work. So I didn't have any flat pieces of that, only pipes, which are curved. My brain came up with a scheme to cut a section out of a pipe, heat it, and then flatten it out. So I started a fire and got to work. Success! The only part of this endeavor which worked! :P To make the rest of this story short; the epoxy I used sucked and didn't bond the plastic to the wood, plus the wood snapped, and the handle I tried to cut out came out all crooked. Thus ended that project. Funny thing is I knew in the back of my head that it would never work, but I do, or rather attempt to do, things like this all the time. Crap, I still haven't come to the point. Here it is...

The Point

So started my second undertaking - an arrow. Sorry I don't have pictures of each step, in retrospect I wish I had better documented the whole process.

I have a longbow, as some of you know, so I already have arrows. But I lost one of them the other day at the range, so I thought what the hey I'll make another, the old way.

I first headed off towards the neighbors because they have some nice pines growing along the road which I had remembered to be very straight and narrow. But the only decent pieces I could find were all dead and crumbly and not long enough for what I needed. Then I came upon a small patch of Sassafras saplings. Hm, interesting. How nice and straight they were, and of good length. So I broke one off at it's base and took it home.

It was your typical sapling; kinda wavy and bigger at the bottom than at the top. The first step was to peel the bark off. Naturally it didn't want to cooperate and peel nicely off so I had to use my knife to scrape the bark off, being careful not to slice the thing in half. Once that was done I whittled down some of the bigger end to make it more uniform.

I had read about straightening arrows with heat (http://www.primitiveways.com/arrow_straightening.html) at Primitive Ways, and with my fire already burning, I did just this. The stick was heated over the flames and gently pushed into shape between my hand and a rock.

It was later in the day by then, so I tied the stick to one of my other arrows so that it stayed straight and let it sit overnight. The next morning I let it sit out in the sun for a few hours while I went out and did some creek fishing just to see what I'd get (when you're in the outdoor mood right?). Then it was time for more work.

I started by eyeballing out where I wanted the string nock and arrowhead to go. I had made a flint arrowhead so I knew what kind of space I'd need for that. Oh right, the arrowhead. I had made that somewhere in that space of time, after breaking the first two that is. But with various tools I was able to make a nice nock and a space for the point. These parts I heat treated in the fire and then painted with a coat of wood glue.

Next I inserted the flint into it's place with some glue and wrapped it to the shaft with kite string (err I mean sinew ;)). This was painted with a mixture of wood glue and liquid pigment. While this dried I cut to rough shape some turkey feathers (that I'd had laying around for years) for the fletching (http://www.primitiveways.com/fletching_by_hand.html). The feathers were glued on and, using the string and glue technique, were secured to the shaft.

Finally I gave the remaining naked wood parts a quick coat of lacquer. Then the whole thing was left to dry while I went out and tried to find some wild ginseng (outdoors whoo!). Several hours later I trimmed the fletching to a nice shape. Done!
Pictures!

The finished arrow:
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/th_IMG_2292.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/?action=view&current=IMG_2292.jpg)

Closeups of the point and nock (notice the "cock" feather (don't laugh children) is of different color than the other two, which are striped, because it sits at a right angle to the nock).
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/th_IMG_2288.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/?action=view&current=IMG_2288.jpg)(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/th_IMG_2289.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/?action=view&current=IMG_2289.jpg)

The fletching has a nice natural curve to it.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/th_IMG_2290.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/?action=view&current=IMG_2290.jpg)

Believe me it wasn't this straight when I started.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/th_IMG_2291.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/?action=view&current=IMG_2291.jpg)

Here it is with a couple of my other arrows. Nice. It's center of gravity is even very similar to them.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/th_IMG_2280.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/?action=view&current=IMG_2280.jpg)

I'm a little apprehensive about shooting it, for fear that it will just fly apart. :P
And I must say this is one of the best looking things that I've ever made.
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: Jubal on August 27, 2012, 11:00:54 AM
Looks great! What did you use to work/knap the flint in terms of tools?
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: comrade_general on August 27, 2012, 08:48:22 PM
A screwdriver and a leather glove. ;)
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: Ashanorath on August 27, 2012, 11:02:48 PM
Good job CG. It looks realy good. Just one thing, as far as I know, drying wood on direct sunlight is never a good idea cause it makes wood more rigid and brakeable. Keeping it in shade is better. It's not a big deal with arrow but remember it if you plan doing something bigger, like composite bow parts or longbow. And again, really nice work on that arrow. I might pay you to make few for my bow(once it's complete).
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: comrade_general on August 27, 2012, 11:43:16 PM
Thanks for the tip, and yeah, keep me in mind. ;)
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: comrade_general on November 04, 2012, 11:23:01 PM
My father finally found an antique double-barrel shotgun that he used to hunt rabbits with as a kid, so I wanted to give him a nice way to display it.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/th_image.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/?action=view&current=image.jpg)(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/th_image1.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/?action=view&current=image1.jpg)(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/th_image_2.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/?action=view&current=image_2.jpg)

The wood is all natural pieces collected on our land, the antler bits were from a shedding that was found in our neighbors woods, and the backing is faux rabbit fur.
These were taken with my cellular device so I apologize for the poor image quality.
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: Captain Carthage on November 05, 2012, 07:56:30 AM
A sexy stand for a sexy peace of hardware, good work C_G.
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: Jubal on November 05, 2012, 11:03:40 AM
It's a neat piece of work.
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: comrade_general on November 05, 2012, 11:59:39 AM
Why thank you. :)
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: Skull on November 05, 2012, 06:47:27 PM
Well,that arrow does look great,but the stone point doesn't really look that dangerous... :)
Title: Re: The Point
Post by: Jubal on November 05, 2012, 09:09:49 PM
You'd be surprised, stone keeps an edge very well, and flint in particular. The arrowhead here doesn't look that neat, but it's probably like many other early tools in that respect (it's also white flint, which I believe is inferior to black flint in this respect). I still wouldn't want to be shot with it, put it that way.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 14, 2013, 01:13:47 PM
Currently working on a shadow box. Progress is slow.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on April 25, 2014, 03:40:11 PM
Have purchased a muzzleloader kit and plan to refinish a couple other firearms. I'll try to get some pictures and keep you all updated on progress. :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on April 27, 2014, 06:22:01 PM
Alright, here's the kit I got. It's for a .50 caliber Kentucky style rifle. They only had kits with a percussion cap lock but I also got a flintlock that I'm going to modify onto this one. You can also see the deluxe gun restoration kit I got.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4695_zpsf58c92c4.jpg)

Before getting to that kit though I'm going to fix up the other two muzzleloaders I have. The first being another Kentucky style percussion lock in .45 caliber. It was a kit that my grandfather put together. The second was also a kit he did and is a little .45 percussion cap derringer. I should have gotten a picture of them before dis-assembly, but just imagine two muzzleloaders with too light of a finish, dulled-out bronze pieces, and somewhat-sloppily-shaped wood. After taking everything apart I started by stripping all the wood parts with citric acid and mineral spirits to remove the finish and most of the old stain and set them out to dry after a good rinse.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4694_zps38d52c33.jpg)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4696_zpsfbab6c32.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on April 30, 2014, 10:33:39 PM
Started working on the little guy first. First step was fixing the inletting for the lock because, as the following picture shows, the lock did not seat flush with the stock.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4699_zps140157ee.jpg)

Also in that photo you can see the trigger assembly (sans the trigger) being flush to the bottom of the stock when it should be seated far enough inside so that the brass trigger guard will fit on top of it. But once I got those fitted it became evident that I needed to remove a lot of wood to flush certain parts of the stock to the trigger assembly, as seen below.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4706_zps4018fffd.jpg)

I got the lock seated nicely, which makes it sit closer to the barrel and lines up the hammer a lot better over the nipple, as seen in the left photo. On the right you can see the stock is now flush with the trigger assembly.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4712_zpsb7ef2a3c.jpg)(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4710_zps4dabc6c7.jpg)

This is how it looks now, still sans the trigger and barrel retaining pin. I'll have to drill a new hole and find a new screw for the back part of the lock because the old screw is broke off inside. There is also a large gap between the bottom of the brass trigger guard and the stock which was already gone when I started, so I might have to use some wood putty on that spot.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4711_zps16581f36.jpg)

All in all it's looking a lot better.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on May 01, 2014, 02:33:00 AM
Neat :)

You should customise one with a trumpet end for the classic blunderbuss look :P (Or just build a blunderbuss, blunderbusses are cool)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 01, 2014, 10:08:59 AM
There are kits to make blunderbusses. :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Silver Wolf on May 01, 2014, 10:23:05 AM
How did I manage to miss this thread?

This is awesome CG. ;D
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Tom on May 01, 2014, 04:20:33 PM
Awesome stuff CG :) to be honest I can't believe that you can buy gun kits in the USA :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on May 03, 2014, 06:25:46 PM
I'm pretty sure some guy in the USA was developing guns you could make on a 3d printer  :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 03, 2014, 07:14:36 PM
'Murica.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Tom on May 04, 2014, 06:53:29 PM
Taste the printed freedom.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 05, 2014, 08:56:00 PM
Well I failed at getting good pictures again because I was tired when I did the next steps, but in my defense I was working with harsh chemicals with time constraints so I couldn't really stop to take pictures. :P

You've already seen that the stock was sanded down and ready for stain, so I did that, let it dry, and added the first coat of oil.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4715_zpsc696bd64.jpg)

The complicated procedure was re-bluing the metal pieces. First I had to clean and degrease them all, then use a blue/rust remover that smelled like hell, then clean and degrease again, then apply the bluing agent and let it do its thing for a minute, then rinse and repeat the bluing part again (just for the barrel though). So that's why I didn't get pictures. :P

The barrel of this one was in pretty good shape already, but I needed to re-blue the smaller pieces, so I figured I'd redo the barrel as practice for the big guys. I think it turned out pretty good.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4714_zpsa9f96c3e.jpg)

Again it's a bad picture, but I'll get better ones once I assemble the whole thing. Just need to add a few more coats of oil to the stock and polish the brass.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 24, 2014, 03:44:02 PM
Alright, I know you've all been chomping at the bit to see the final product, so here it is:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4722_zps2d719f5e.jpg)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4726_zpsc231078b.jpg)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4727_zpsd07fd785.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on May 24, 2014, 03:48:54 PM
Very pretty :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 24, 2014, 04:01:14 PM
Oh danke. :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on May 24, 2014, 04:03:14 PM
Also as an idea, test firing/how it works video?
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 24, 2014, 04:11:48 PM
Yes, that is plan. :)

In the meantime I took a look at the rifle...

The trigger guard needs inlet a lot:
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4721_zps2c0f88f5.jpg)

While the lock assembly is inlet too much:
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4720_zpse9e720a6.jpg)

The two stock pieces don't fit together flush, and the barrel tang area is hideous, so this one's going to be a bit more work.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on July 05, 2014, 03:26:37 PM
Got the lock area sanded down flush. The rear part will need some filler due to the poor shaping around it. Also started a bit on the trigger guard area, think I'm going to do as much grinding down of the brass piece as of sanding the stock.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4785_zpsfb07a1f6.jpg)(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/SANY4784_zps060bf30e.jpg)

I'll try to get a video of shooting the little guy soon. :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Tom on July 05, 2014, 08:44:28 PM
What if it explodes and ruins your lovely work?
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on July 05, 2014, 09:11:02 PM
I fired it already so I know it works. :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Tom on July 08, 2014, 08:06:27 PM
That is so cool :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on September 01, 2014, 07:58:25 PM
Finished out the sanding on the stock and stained it yesterday. No pictures since I haven't replaced my busted camera. I'll try to get something visual going...
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on September 17, 2014, 10:08:47 PM
Failed to get step-by-step photos of the completion of the rifle, but here is what it looks like now:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_2621_zpsd6d2fe80.jpg~original)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_2622_zps73ceb9df.jpg~original)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_2623_zpsa4dba6fd.jpg~original)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_2624_zpse26e1905.jpg~original)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on September 17, 2014, 11:29:57 PM
CG shoots stuff!:

Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Othko97 on September 18, 2014, 07:56:04 AM
I want one! :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Tom on September 19, 2014, 06:04:54 PM
Looks sweet, shame that you can't shoot it straight. :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on September 21, 2014, 10:54:13 PM
I vote you should build an organ gun.

A) It would be totally portugaling awesome
B) You might actually hit something

:D
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on September 21, 2014, 11:16:33 PM
If I had a reasonably large amount of funds on hand I would. :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Silver Wolf on September 28, 2014, 02:25:27 AM
Hellblaster volley gun!
A proper one! With rotating barrels and a ton of cannonballs!  >:D

(http://img3.gamersky.com/upload-hd/200806/20080603122451701.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Tom on September 29, 2014, 06:24:32 PM
+1 for that idea wolfie.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on October 02, 2014, 02:07:34 PM
Looks sweet, shame that you can't shoot it straight. :P
Maybe I should get one of these:
(http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/attachments/other-long-arms/49493d1362064712-i-wonder-what-74759_134230440082122_352921193_n.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Tom on October 03, 2014, 09:36:20 AM
Maybe add a few more barrels (is that what they are called? I just suffered a bit of a mind blank) and you'll be getting there.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 10, 2015, 03:08:21 PM
Made some good use of my weekend!

Firstly I constructed an olde garden cart to use for firewood and the like. Still needs a handle and paint job but otherwise...
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_0741_zpsk6g2ttbu.jpg~original)(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_0742_zpsnsp90zc9.jpg~original)

Then I finally got around to doing some more on the new muzzleloader kit that I bought like a year ago.
A pile of parts:
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_0745_zpseubs5zmn.jpg~original)
Nearly ready for finishing:
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_0744_zpsvhslnlw3.jpg~original)

I didn't get any step-by-step photos since the process was basically the same as the previous rifle; inletting the stock, sanding everything flush, etc. This one is also a Pennsylvania/Kentucky longrifle, only in .50 caliber instead of .45, and also I've modified it to use a flint lock rather than percussion. In the first picture you can see the percussion lock (dark one) that it came with, and the assembled flint lock in the second picture. I had to remove the drum/nipple system from the barrel and craft my own touch hole liner to replace it. I just got a standard bolt from the hardware store, drilled it through, screwed it into the barrel, and then cut it off and filed it flush.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on August 10, 2015, 04:24:12 PM
The cart is really nice, with paint it'll look gorgeous :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 15, 2015, 05:39:07 PM
Here she is. :)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t31.0-8/q82/s2048x2048/11845203_10153161714223412_8899384686761888312_o.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on August 15, 2015, 06:00:06 PM
Aww, pretty! :D

What are the wheels from?
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 15, 2015, 06:09:13 PM
Danke! :) They are from a medium-sized bicycle.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on August 15, 2015, 06:09:58 PM
Woop, that was my guess from the spokes :D
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Glaurung on August 16, 2015, 12:06:23 AM
Well done: it looks well-made and practical.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 16, 2015, 12:22:14 AM
Thanks, G-man!
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on August 16, 2015, 11:39:37 AM
Did you just have the wood etc lying around?
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 16, 2015, 04:53:58 PM
Yes, from when I repaired the chicken coop. I always save things that can be used again. The legs are from an old wheelbarrow. Other metal bits from I don't know what.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Cuddly Khan on August 16, 2015, 10:08:33 PM
Looks sweet, shame that you can't shoot it straight. :P
Maybe I should get one of these:
(http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/attachments/other-long-arms/49493d1362064712-i-wonder-what-74759_134230440082122_352921193_n.jpg)

That... just makes me think of that old classic M&B mod, Eagle and the Radiant Cross. That was a great mod.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 17, 2015, 04:32:58 PM
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/11896000_10153165500468412_240925448150758312_n.jpg?oh=55da241607ed55d8813191fb40dfc5b6&oe=5680F26F)
8)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on August 17, 2015, 04:52:03 PM
Very Fenimore Cooper :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 17, 2015, 05:19:15 PM
Some day I'll have a proper one.
(http://www.getidan.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Daniel-Day-Lewis.680.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on August 17, 2015, 05:21:28 PM
That is a very long firearm.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 17, 2015, 06:11:23 PM
Hence the term 'longrifle'. :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 22, 2015, 01:02:08 AM
Now that my flintlock is finished - I'll get a video of shooting it soon - I've been dreaming up the building of a muzzle-loaded shotgun since I have those extra percussion lock parts. More to come...
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 25, 2015, 12:15:26 PM
I also want to "bubba" up one of my Mosin Nagants. One that is in crap shape with mismatched parts that I specifically bought for that purpose. More to come... :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on August 25, 2015, 03:20:06 PM
I don't even know what that means :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 25, 2015, 11:36:06 PM
Basically it means turning something like this (although in poor shape):
(http://www.guns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/mosin-nagant91_30_0114111.jpg)

Into something like this (without that hideous bipod):
(https://www.gunandgame.com/attachments/thumbnail-jpg.58489/)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on August 26, 2015, 10:40:48 AM
Ah, fair nuff :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 29, 2015, 07:02:23 PM
A bit more recoil from that big ass .50 caliber, and that was only the minimum recommended amount of powder.
And I did hit what I was aiming for. :P
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_0770_zpsamb2naie.jpg~original)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on August 30, 2015, 05:15:29 PM
Refurbished a muzzleloader for my boss.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_0765_zps3qi3dzr1.jpg~original)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Clockwork on September 02, 2015, 12:28:02 PM
The nagant looks pretty dope, good luck with that.

That gun looks corroded as hell, you did a great job there mate  O0

Any chance you have a HK USP 45 match?
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on September 02, 2015, 12:33:11 PM
Thanks, bruh.

No HK but I have a Springfield 1911A1 45.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on September 02, 2015, 01:11:01 PM
You actually hit something? :O

Well done, looks great :D
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Clockwork on September 02, 2015, 05:37:44 PM
It's a nice piece, you got one of those custom grips on it?
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on September 02, 2015, 05:53:16 PM
Unfortunately not, but it's had every other customization/upgrade done by a previous owner. Hammer, trigger, barrel, sights, etc.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on September 02, 2015, 07:34:05 PM
Finished up a simple display for my "olde" stuff. I'll put it over my fireplace once I do some remodeling there.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_0780_zpspkne3fth.jpg~original)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on September 02, 2015, 08:40:30 PM
Do you mind if I tweet some of this lot? We don't have enough pretty pictures on our tweeter.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on September 02, 2015, 11:01:51 PM
No I don't mind. Shall I post some more of my paintings over here too?
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Clockwork on September 05, 2015, 11:56:01 AM
Unfortunately not, but it's had every other customization/upgrade done by a previous owner. Hammer, trigger, barrel, sights, etc.

Fair enough ;)

Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on September 05, 2015, 12:15:38 PM
No I don't mind. Shall I post some more of my paintings over here too?
Yes yes and thrice yes!
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 08, 2015, 01:12:57 PM
Been slowly working on spicing up my fireplace over the past couple months...

Started by removing the ugly seam covers on the drywall so that I had a flat surface. Unfortunately this house has them all over. :(
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Sketched on some random stone shapes and began painting them in, again at random so to evenly distribute similar colors.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Stones complete.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Filling in the mortar joints.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

More to come...
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Clockwork on November 08, 2015, 02:58:44 PM
Looks great matey 8/8 ;)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on November 08, 2015, 03:31:40 PM
Nice work! :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Glaurung on November 08, 2015, 05:56:36 PM
Wow - that's good work.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 08, 2015, 09:35:49 PM
Thanks, gents. Just something for fun. Best part about these stones is if they look crap at the end or I get tired of them just slap on some more paint and - poof - gone.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 13, 2015, 02:53:58 PM
Complete! Final touches were a small bit of shadow under each stone and obviously the gun rack. The stones look a little fuzzy in the picture because I didn't have enough light.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z217/comrade_general_2007/home%20projects/IMG_0881_zpsjglmgucm.jpg~original)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on November 13, 2015, 03:37:15 PM
I'm just imagining that eventually you will be able to trust nothing in your house - everything might be painted and you won't know until you check :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on March 31, 2018, 06:38:41 PM
I'm just imagining that eventually you will be able to trust nothing in your house - everything might be painted and you won't know until you check :P

It's coming true, here's the dining room walls that I painted as an old brick/plaster wall.

(https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/25358524_10155285628213412_2097635017105806998_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=98af4dd17e03f4a84e4429f81bc948ce&oe=5B67DD30)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Carad├Člis on March 31, 2018, 07:08:05 PM
This looks really cool :) (btw, nice snow...)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on March 31, 2018, 07:10:05 PM
Thanks :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on March 31, 2018, 08:14:21 PM
Yes, excellent work :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Silver Wolf on April 14, 2018, 08:06:47 PM
Holy s**t THAT WINDOW LOOKS SO REALISTIC!

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on April 14, 2018, 09:53:38 PM
Haha thanks, Wolfman!
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 01, 2018, 08:44:51 PM
I've been storming this idea for some time now...

As you can see here this side of my house is really plain and boring. This is essentially the "side door" but with the way the house is situated this is the first thing that people see when they pull up the driveway. The real front of the house has windows with fake shutter things and so I decided to a similar window setup to the plain side - without cutting any holes in the side of the house.
(https://i.imgur.com/ylyx19B.jpg)

I had a solid pane of glass from an old storm door laying around to use as the base. First thing was to make a frame for it...
(https://i.imgur.com/oo1u4Ed.jpg)

Then add in the little bits to make the separate panes. Here is the completed piece, just need to paint it white...
(https://i.imgur.com/J8H5tM9.jpg)

Now to assemble the outer frame, glass, and a couple longer pieces on the back to which I will attach shutters, which I'll make, and then fasten the whole thing as one piece to the house. The sneaky bit was painting the back of the glass black...
(https://i.imgur.com/Ipa03YV.jpg)

Now I need to acquire some boards and make the shutters.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on May 01, 2018, 09:29:23 PM
Nice! :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Pentagathus on May 02, 2018, 10:10:34 AM
Tricksy bovinses, very tricksy.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 03, 2018, 02:30:35 PM
You want shutters you got shutters. Just simple board and batten style. I'll give them a lick of black paint to match the real windows and then I can assemble and attach it all to ze house.

(https://i.imgur.com/lrbASI4.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 04, 2018, 11:34:35 PM
Well I wasn't so sure at first, but it looks nice in the photo so I'm sold, and it spices up the boring wall I guess, so mission accomplished.

(https://i.imgur.com/VMMGKA3.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Glaurung on May 04, 2018, 11:39:40 PM
Looks good - well done. And now you will have visitors who see the outside, then go in and can't work out why there's no window on the inside. :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 04, 2018, 11:46:46 PM
Hhehehe yeah. If I have visitors that is. Thanks, G. ;) And like what Jubal said before; I'm not going to know which windows and doors are real and I'll end up smashing through one of the fake ones to get inside. :P
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on May 05, 2018, 12:32:34 AM
Well, you're going to have one soon :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on May 05, 2018, 02:16:48 AM
:o
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on July 19, 2018, 01:49:13 PM
I replaced the cheap side door on my house with a better one and built a tiled platform for my wood stove to sit on.

(https://i.imgur.com/NBnSsPb.jpg)

Currently working on repairing my car's body so I can give it some fresh paint.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on July 23, 2018, 10:04:07 PM
Fortunately crap like this is under trim so I don't have to be too precise with it.

(https://i.imgur.com/AUTkXEr.jpg) > (https://i.imgur.com/GmRZRfJ.jpg) > (https://i.imgur.com/LIt4sPe.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 12, 2018, 09:34:37 PM
Seems I never posted what my automocar looks like now, so here it is before and after.

(https://i.imgur.com/AIJdNji.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 12, 2018, 10:15:37 PM
So my latest project has been the restoration/retrofit of a General Electric television set from around 1953. I planned to remove the old electronics (tube was broken at the back otherwise I might have tried to get it working like original) and put in a modern lcd.

I got the thing from inside a barn so it was not in the best condition or very clean...
(https://i.imgur.com/d39jAES.jpg)_(https://i.imgur.com/Xd1iMOa.jpg)_(https://i.imgur.com/hqZL4Mt.jpg)

Check out the old vacuum tubes and speaker. I hooked the speaker up to my stereo and it's still crystal clear so I'm going to reuse it.
(https://i.imgur.com/NLnE0qL.jpg)_(https://i.imgur.com/87V7url.jpg)

I gave it a bath and then went over all the wood with a soaking of mahogany stain. I could have really been thorough and sanded out all the scratches and whatnot but I'd rather leave it looking well used but still pretty. I did have to put some lacquer on the lower bit around where the speaker sits.
(https://i.imgur.com/cH8VyyD.jpg)_(https://i.imgur.com/kxvL1sG.jpg)

Since the old control board was no longer in it I used wood dowels to make a jig to hold the original control nobs just for show.
(https://i.imgur.com/fxvOWoe.jpg)

Once I found a suitably sized lcd, which was somewhat difficult because 22" doesn't seem to be a popular size, I took it apart and removed its built-in speakers. I will then use one of the remaining hook-ups to attach the new tv directly to the old speaker.
(https://i.imgur.com/f14kgBu.jpg)

The part I'm working on now is the bezel for the screen. As you can see the old bezel is curved to fit the old tube, plus it wouldn't fit the ratio of the newer screen anyway, so I have to make a new one.
(https://i.imgur.com/UDx2FGc.jpg)

I made a square piece that will fit in the original bezel slot, and an adapter piece which will hold the lcd, complete with rounded corners for a retro look.
(https://i.imgur.com/6bbFtyI.jpg)

The tricky part was making the two pieces flow together in a rounded shape like the original bezel. At first I tried wetting cardboard but it just tore when I tried to stretch it. The next idea - a t-shirt! I put the thing inside a wet t-shirt and used paint cans to stretch it into shape then applied a couple coats of glue. Once that dried I cut off some of the unneeded bits and put on a couple coats of primer. All it needs now is to be painted the brown-red color of the original bezel and probably the addition of yellow piping like the old one. Sometimes I have crazy ideas and I'm feeling pretty pleased with how this one worked. :P

(https://i.imgur.com/sS6Tuz8.jpg)_(https://i.imgur.com/BhqsMMF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DPUJHde.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on November 12, 2018, 11:16:48 PM
Nice work! really looking forward to seeing the rest of the project :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 12, 2018, 11:29:59 PM
Danke! I also need to sort out new cloth to cover the speaker and then everything is basically ready to assemble.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Pentagathus on November 13, 2018, 04:59:17 PM
Very cool things my dude, your ride looks thoroughly pimped  too. And woodstoves are the best stoves.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 13, 2018, 06:08:49 PM
Thanks, Plenty :llama2:
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 15, 2018, 07:02:54 PM
Well I'd say the first test fit was a complete success!

(https://i.imgur.com/CLLBNzq.jpg)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on November 15, 2018, 08:07:34 PM
Ooh, very neat :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Carad├Člis on November 15, 2018, 08:29:46 PM
Uuuuuh! Fancy! Looks super cool, well done CG!!!
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on November 15, 2018, 08:36:53 PM
Thank you kindly, E-folk. :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on November 18, 2018, 02:54:43 PM
You're very welcome, Cow-folk :)
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: comrade_general on January 31, 2019, 11:56:22 PM
I'm probably going to revisit the TV set eventually.

Other things I've done are built a carport attached to my house and repaired the tarp roof over my wood pile.

I'll get photos and update later.
Title: Re: CG's Home Projects
Post by: Jubal on January 31, 2019, 11:56:49 PM
Great - looking forward to it :)