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#1 PTsideshow

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 09:43 AM

Have seen a lot of items made using rebar as parts or the whole thing. As somebody I know keeps hinting that I might be able to pick up a load they have had for years, but no longer have a need or use for.
I was wondering do you have to do anything to it before using it or welding on it. anneal ect as I remember it being hard and brittle.
So Ant suggestions would be helpful.

I do belive that these hints are another attempt to get free yard cleaning work as the pile and you will need a crane to pick the stuff up generally turns into you need a front loader for the trash you need to move/haul away to get the couple peices of steel I beams 6 to 16" long.
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Posted 14 January 2007 - 10:19 AM

Have seen a lot of items made using rebar as parts or the whole thing. ....I was wondering do you have to do anything to it before using it or welding on it. anneal ect as I remember it being hard and brittle.††
So Ant suggestions would be helpful.


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I've used rebar for various "yard art" projects like a trelis's (or is that trelii) and a few "animals" and find it to be very "soft" rather than brittle. I generally can get pretty tight bends in it without heat and very tight bends with just heating with a propane torch. It does have "ribs" in it that are for holding on to concrete I suppose since that is the primary use in construction. It rusts like crazy so you generally need to do some grinding at the weld locations unless using a stick welder with something like 6013 rod. Because of the "ribs" it just isn't worth it to try and remove the rust from the entire length or grind out the ribs. With newly purchased rebar (not much rust) I've been able to wire brush, prime and paint with success.

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 03:00 PM

Thanks, must have gotten some werid or special purpose stuff it was I snapped it off in a vise 18 inch sections. What ever the reason it has worked out as tarp tie down stakes for over 25 years. As they where made when the wife ran the summer day camp for the girl scout district. I will have to pick up a bundle at home despot and try it again. As
to cleaning the rust of long stick of iron if you have a section of PVC drain pipe and two caps you can use the same deal as at this web site instead of the bucket. If you have some place to put it you can cut a slot in one side of the pipe and run the wires in that way or drill a hole in the caps for each electrode connected to a wire sealed at the drill hole and connected to the charger. http://users.moscow....mo/rustdemo.htm

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 04:40 AM

I am using a little rebar on this eagle that I am building..
cleaned it up with a wire wheel..

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 06:31 AM

Looks good Jim
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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:15 AM

I used to weld a lot of rebar when I was a ironworker. You have to have certifacion for it. but all that means is you have to heat it up to 500 degrees before you weld it or it will break. And it does.
I've made chisels and punches with rebar, it hardends realy good. I made a stamp of my initinals 12 years ago and it still is in good shape.
I seen a coffee table once that had rebar sandwinched between two peices of flat bar, it looked pretty interisting and cool.

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 05:03 AM

Nice Eagle Jim! Did you use the rebar for the feet?

The idea of the rebar between the flat bar for the coffee table sounds interesting! Did it give the look of a rope around the edges? This is great, I'm thinking up several ideas that it could be used for!!!

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 06:34 AM

Nice Eagle Jim! Did you use the rebar for the feet?

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Hi Paula, yep used R-Bar "for strength and texture" will cover most of it with 'feathers" also more feathers for the head and texture on the wings,,
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Posted 11 February 2007 - 10:48 AM

from my research...there are three different "grades" of rebar available. fwiw

And I've had some fun playing with rebar............playing with the "twists".

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 10:56 AM

And I've had some fun playing with rebar............playing with the "twists".


Wow Bill, I should have thought of that... beautiful ... thanks, will have to try that..
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Posted 11 February 2007 - 01:59 PM

[OMG] Bill you give a whole new meaning to the term twisted
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really neat
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Posted 11 February 2007 - 02:19 PM

Eagle is almost done.. brown primer on the body next, and white on head and tail..
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Posted 11 February 2007 - 08:47 PM

Hey Bill,

I would never have thought that was rebar, very nice, I can hardly wait to get to try working with some. I've been thinking up ideas off and on all day. You mentioned three grades of rebar, is there one that's easier to make those nice twists in, any differences as far as being able to work with? I saw a walking stick made out of square stock that I'm thinking of trying to to create out of 1/2" rebar, my next project........

Jim, That eagle is looking good.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 01:03 PM

Jim, That eagle is looking good.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 04:48 PM

[OMG] Bill you give a whole new meaning to the term twisted
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 05:08 PM

Jim,
Nice job on the Eagle, what plans do you have for it? It would make a interesting gate post top, if you have good neighbors and no one would steal it.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 05:18 PM

Jim,
Nice job on the Eagle, what plans do you have for it? It would make a interesting gate post top, if you have good neighbors and no one would steal it.

Paula

House sits back 300 feet from the road, so suspect it might last one night and either be stolen, or worked over with a ball bat.. will either build it a stone stand like my entrance (see below), or stick it up on a big pine tree limb ... maybe do a "rebar snake" to hang from his mouth.. <img src=' />
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Posted 17 February 2007 - 05:09 PM

I put him out on the gate pillar lamp.. hope that he stays a while..
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Posted 17 February 2007 - 08:18 PM

That looks real good Jim. The flag and eagle make a great statement.
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Posted 18 February 2007 - 06:21 AM

Looks good, Jim [Smile] Lets hope he doesn't fly away [Laugh]
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