Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bell at the end of a working weekend

Whilst Fiona has been in NZ I took the opportunity to sand and paint her folks back and entry decks. Big job but the outcome looks good.

©2014 Barry Smith - Metal particles from cutting cylinder
But I scheduled in a couple of hours today to start a project that has been in the back of my mind for quite a long time - to make a bell from a discarded gas cylinder. Fortunately I picked up such a cylinder from a garage sale a little while ago. The cylinder was about 600mm long and 180mm in diameter. I checked it had no remaining gas, took the value out, and half filled it with water before I started to cut it with my side grinder and thin cutting blade - wanted to make sure there was no chance of explosions.

©2014 Barry Smith - Discarded cylinder marked up for cutting
©2014 Barry Smith - Cut
It took a bit of cutting. I have done some rudimentary grinding, made a brass hanging top and a hook. I hung it on the bell deck - it is tiny compared to our Japanese Peace (temple) bell. And I gave it a test gong. Bit soft and a bit tinny but it works. Not sure if the video will work - but blogger won't let me delete it either.



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Still quite a bit of work to be done on the bell; but it was good to have done a little creative work just for its own sake.

Below are some before and after photos of the decks.






I think I should sleep well tonight.

5 comments:

  1. I am so glad you got to do something creative in amongst all the deck sanding and painting. The bell looks good! As do the decks, amazing change from old to new...and I am sure they are greatly appreciated. Looking forward to returning soon and seeing it all for myself.

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  2. It always feels good to bring old wood back to life! Love the bell, video works fine.

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  3. I hope you slept well after all that sanding - but what a great result! The bell is looking good. Couldn't make the video work but I'm sure I'll see it eventually.

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  4. Hi F, VA & C - thanks for checking out my tired contribution. F - as you know the gas bottle is now in many more pieces to make a num,her of different bell types. VA - glad the video worked for you. C - I think the video needs an up to date version of Adobe flaw player or such the like. Good news is I have recovered fro neck restoration. All - go well. B

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  5. you do keep yourself fairly busy, barry! i like your bell. and the video did work, so i heard it, too.

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Comments are welcomed - it is good to connect with fellow travellers.