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Water Tank Makes Great Metal Polishers
Old water pressure tanks make great metal polishers, says Robert Ferreira of Crystal River, Fla. The retired electronics engineer melts down lawn mower engines and casts the metal into art work. To polish off the rough edges, he throws the small sculptures into his homemade polisher.
  Ferreira cuts a hole in the side and adds edges to the piece he cut out to make a secure door that he can bolt tight.
  Mounted on a 2-by-4 wood frame, the tank spins slowly, powered by an old 1/4 hp motor and a couple of pulleys from a clothes dryer. Ferreira fills the tank with ground corn cobs and runs the polisher several hours to polish an item. Or, he places the item in a plastic gallon jug filled with metal grit and ball bearings, and then puts the jug in the polisher.
  Most people have the materials right in their shop to build a polisher, Ferreira says.
  "Make stuff out of what you can get for nothing. That's the joy of it," he says.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Ferreira, 9775 W. Sunny Day Ct., Crystal River, Florida 34428 (ph 352 795-0049;

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2