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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 03-14-2011 02:06 AM 1154 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good evening, This week I decided to show you another project from my shop,for my model railroad there is a funny story behind this :)
About 5 years ago a friend and mentor in model railroading sent me a copy of a blueprint for as you LJ’s who work in a steel plant know what this is but for those who don’t I will explain it.

Note : The coffee cup for scale reference

Dumping hot metal :)

Still dumping

Pouring for the converters

Just another view And for those who don’t know what this contraption is it’s a hot metal mixer, these are used in steel plants around the world, to mix different grades of iron ore coming from a blast furnace. Mind you one interesting thing is these vessels see temperatures of up to 3000 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Now for the story of how this began, after my friend Dean sent me the prints I went to work unbeknown to him that I was building this, so one morning Dean and I sat down at his house for breakfast I had brought a good size box with me. After breakfast I opened the box and to his surprise out came this mixer. Dean said I sent you the plans to look at not to build this thing!!!! However in the end we both enjoyed it and the mixer wound up in Line-side magazine a few years later. I made the base from 3/8” plywood primed and painted the vessel is a piece of PVC pipe, Most of this was machined in my shop.
Dean passed away this Christmas leaving a big gap to fill Hopefully I will someday be able to match him.
As I leave here is a picture of us at the last seminar we did together with all of our models on the table ( all of it is HO scale)

I hope you enjoyed

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 02:28 AM

Sweet story.
May he have a wonderful rest.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 02:58 AM

Great story, keep them coming


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#3 posted 03-14-2011 03:41 AM

Very sweet. It is amazing how people touch our lives, and in turn, we touch others.

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 12:14 PM

Nobody is ever alone if he has even one good friend. Your buddy will never be alone, as he has you. Your fond memories of him keep his spirit alive.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 06:37 PM

very nice story.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 06:46 PM

Great story. Coincidentally one of my other hobbies is also model railroading, though I haven’t been able to spend much time at it recently.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 03:30 PM

Thank for sharing, I worked at a steel mill back in the early 90’s it was the hell on earth. If you want to know what hell is like go to a steel mill. We were repairing a 36” pipe about 50 yards away from one of these. It poured hot molten steel into a rail car, sparks where flying, smoke and fire rolled out of it like an angry dragon. I could feel the heat even at 50 yards. I truly thought we where going to die. Just before I was about to run away (like a little girl), I notice worker about 80 feet from this thing with sliver suits on over seeing the pour. I thought to myself “every thing is ok, this is normal”. Wow, to this day I have never been so scared for my life.

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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