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Old 04-15-2011, 08:52 PM   #221
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:39 AM   #222
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Took this idea from TonySwank. I make the piranha plant out of sculpey, and painted with acrylic. Pipe is pvc and half of a coupler painted with green enamel. Enamel was hardened on pvc in oven at 180 for about 2 hours.



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Old 04-16-2011, 04:43 AM   #223
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Took this idea from TonySwank. I make the piranha plant out of sculpey, and painted with acrylic. Pipe is pvc and half of a coupler painted with green enamel. Enamel was hardened on pvc in oven at 180 for about 2 hours.

That looks great! I work with PVC a lot, and it's nowhere near that clean! Did the paint tell you to bake it in the oven or was that your idea?
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:01 PM   #224
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Real 30mm shell plus a hand turned replica projectile from some guy on eBay. I just drilled out the spent primer and used the angled bonnet adapter from Midwest to attach it. Now my wife says I need more tap handles to match. Dam....
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:27 PM   #225
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With one of these:
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and an drill you can make anything into a tap handle (well, not anything, meat wouldn't work, or a cat, but lots of things).

I'm just using oak, though.
So, what exactly is the fitting in the picture called? I'd like to make my own too, but need to know what it is called. Is this something I can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes?
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:31 PM   #226
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So, what exactly is the fitting in the picture called? I'd like to make my own too, but need to know what it is called. Is this something I can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes?
I found these at harbor freight for cheap.
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So, what exactly is the fitting in the picture called? I'd like to make my own too, but need to know what it is called. Is this something I can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes?
If you place your cursor over the picture, most of the times it'll give you the name. In this case, it's a "tap handle insert".
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I got mine at Lowe's. They're in the specialty hardware drawers. It's called a "Wood Insert Nut."
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Did the paint tell you to bake it in the oven or was that your idea?
I have had a fair bit of experience with having enamel paints not harden. For some reason on soft plastics, mainly vinyls, rattle can enamel paints never fully cure and will remain tacky forever. I painted some wii-motes that have been tacky for a couple years. So I just used the oven to force cure the paint and drive off any remaining solvents. I set the oven just below the melting temp of pvc. It melts about 210 for the softer varieties, and higher depending on its polymer. The hardware store pipe gets soft at about 180 so don't squeeze it once its hot (I did.) After about 2 hours I pulled it out, let it cool, and the paint was rock hard.
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It's called a "Wood Insert Nut."
I picked up some of those wood insert nuts, the hammer in variety, from home depot. They didn't have anything else in 3/8ths. It didn't fit on my taps! I even ran it through a 3/8"-16 die and I got no joy. What DID fit was a metric 10-1.5 nut, which is off by just a few thousandths of an inch from what 3/8's is so it fit snug as a bug. I put that in the base with bondo, something so annoying I recommend no one to try.


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