Fixin' to make another set of Suitcase weights, my way!

KennyP

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A while back elsewhere, I was melting and cleaning some lead. I got some 1-1/2" X1/8" strap iron this morning to make the inside parts. I'll be able to make another set of 40 lb. each weights. Just for info's sake, I'll have 3 sets that will fit into a 9" wide X 11" tall X 7" deep area and weight in at about 240 lbs. Not bad!

Anywho, I bent up the parts I needed. Made 2 sets of these:
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I use a Harbor Freight bender for this:

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Located the parts in the mold and added some cattle panel wire for strength.
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Now to get the turkey fryer going and melt the lead into them.
 

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MFDAC

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That's pretty cool, hopefully when you go to melt all that lead it won't feel like 143F outside! I used to make lead weights for racecars and racing karts but that was a little easier than this setup. Creative work, Kenny!

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MacWorld

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Those are clean bent shapes, I like that! Eventually I'll make myself a Hossfeld clone, I'm just waiting for a friend to bend me the 4 main arms, the rest is quite simple to make. Will be a great tool I am pretty sure.
 

Shorty

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Looks good Kenny. I nabbed up 2 elevator weights from an old elevator that we dismantled. Still noodling how to mount them yet.
 

chieffan

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Looking good. Do you put anything in the lead while melting to keep the tin, etc blended with the lead? I have made a lot of bullets over the years and did a bunch for black powder (pellet form now days) early this spring and used bees wax to keep the tin blended in with the lead. If not the tin will float off the top and the lead gets to hard but probably wouldn't make any difference for your weights.
 

KennyP

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Looking good. Do you put anything in the lead while melting to keep the tin, etc blended with the lead? I have made a lot of bullets over the years and did a bunch for black powder (pellet form now days) early this spring and used bees wax to keep the tin blended in with the lead. If not the tin will float off the top and the lead gets to hard but probably wouldn't make any difference for your weights.
I don't do anything but melt the lead!
 

KennyP

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I think Kenny is talking about the old lead pipe in old homes. Window weights are cast iron.
Yep. Got a bunch of the window weights too! But the biggest ones are 7 lbs. Takes a bunch of them to add up!
 
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