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Old 02-01-2012, 01:05 PM
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Default Dragon Weather Vane

This is a present for mom and step dad. They love all things dragon so I thought I would build them a weather vane.

1. I found a picture I liked online but it was to small so I blew it up but then had to tape several pieces of paper together to get the right size.

2. I needed a clever way to transfer the outline to my steel so I took a pin and punched holes all around the image.

3. Spray painted it

4. And this is what I ended up with
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:09 PM
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1. Plasma cut with a drag tip

2. Came out better then I expected for free hand!

3. I found a cool 'medieval' font and did the same thing with the letters.

4. Letters
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:16 PM
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1. Next I tried to find the balance point so it would swivel real easy. I started out just making a 2 sided arrow but it wasn't heavy enough, so I turned it into a broadhead.

2. Ground a sharp point on the post so there would be little or no resistance.

3. Test fit. You can blow on it and it turns
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:25 PM
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1. I wanted to do something a little decorative for the direction bars so I came up with this design.

2. Repeating the angle.

3. Trying to get everything level and plumb was tricky.

4. I welded 2 stainless nuts on to use as a stop.

5. Directions welded on.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:30 PM
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1. For the base I cut a groove across the plate then heated and bended it.

2. I had to guess the pitch of the roof so I found some old pics of their house and made a template to match the pitch, I hope...

3. Post welded onto the rod

4. Test fit.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:34 PM
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And a test fit on the roof on my shop. Man I hated having to take it down

Oh well. I can make another.

Now I just need to decide if I'm going to paint it, clear coat it, or let rust. I actually touched it all over with the grinder just to see how it looked and I kind of like it.
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Thats a cool project Bender and it turned out nice!, i have some designs i made up a few years ago and started making but never finished, i read somewhere about putting a steel ball from bearing inside to allow the top to rotate freely but i never got that far to try it out... maybe this spring i'll pick up where i left off.
Thanks for posting the pics.
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lol
I really like that last shot, on your garage.

That is so much better than the traditional chicken.
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Thats a great job man! I would love to have one of those sitting on top of the house!lol Parents are going to love it! Awesome job!
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That's really magical, Dan.

Nice job.
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