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    Wow Christmas came on in a hurry, but at least now it's gone and things can go back to just plain old normal crazy. Anyway, thought I'd post a few projects I did for Christmas.

    I think I improved my horseshoe designs. I made four of these, took longer to paint than anything.

    http://web2.airmail.net/jsoukup/meta.../shoehook2.jpg
    http://web2.airmail.net/jsoukup/meta.../shoehook3.jpg

    My parents are real big Texas A&M fans (or at least they were before the Cotton Bowl game) and everyone in my family is a Texas A&M grad (including me). So I made them one with the classic A&M "T" with an earthquake star. Turned out nice, but I guess you gotta be an Aggie to appreciate it.

    http://web2.airmail.net/jsoukup/meta.../TAMracksm.jpg

    I guess you could remove the big star, paint it orange and sell it for Texas or Tennesse. Or make two T's, paint it red and sell them for Texas Tech.

    Also, I copied a wine rack someone else posted on here. Turned out ok for my first one. I just kinda made it to see how hard it was, but my mother-in-law walked in and saw it on the table and claimed it as her Christmas present. So I was like ok, that saved me $30. I've got another lady who wants me to make her one for some people who raise horses.

    http://web2.airmail.net/jsoukup/meta.../winerack1.jpg
    http://web2.airmail.net/jsoukup/meta.../winerack2.jpg

    My 81 year old grandfather surprised us all this year with some metal art of his own. He's been making birds out of plow sweeps and other farm equipment. I know last year he made some sort of large bird that appeared on the local news in Waco where he lives. My dad said he was working on a Turkey that he didn't get finished in time for Thanksgiving. Oh well, but when your 81, survived protate cancer, a quadruple bypass, walking around with a cane and still welding, I think that's pretty good.

    Cutting to the chase, he made each of us a bird:

    http://web2.airmail.net/jsoukup/metalworks/bird.jpg

    He painted them up all different colors, but he made mine a John Deere since I collect JD stuff. Like I said, pretty good for 81.

    I keep searching for new ideas and if anyone has some suggestions, I would welcome them. I think I'm going to make up a bunch of stuff and try a few craft fairs to see if I can do any good.

    In the meantime, I've been working off and on with my new welding table all day, it's usable, but not finished. Same with my welder/torch cart, I got it together in November and I've been using it for two months now, but it's not finished. Maybe I'll post a few pics tomorrow of my progress.

    Lincoln 135
    Victor 315/2640 WeldIt 100FC/1350 knockoff
    Radnor 350 series regulators
    HF Bandsaw Clarke Chop Saw
    HF Bender and Scroller
    Jack of All Trades
    A garage full of crap
    And Credit Card Bills to Prove it

  • #2
    Very nice, I gotta find some horseshoes.
    What do I know I am just an electronics technician.

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    • #3
      Nice Job

      Wine rack looks almost like the one I posted here. I gave mine to my Mother In Law. Now half the familt wants one.
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      • #4
        jsoukup, really nice work. I really like the horseshoe wine rack. Your grandfathers metal work is cool too. Keep the pics coming.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jsoukup
          everyone in my family is a Texas A&M grad (including me).
          Whoop! Class of '83. I was born and raised there, and my Dad taught at the University for 38 years. Gig 'em! Nice work on the racks, I may have to steal a couple of your designs
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