24 / 05 / 2016 | Videos

Homemade Metal Bender


 

Taking into our consideration, our subscribers’ requests asking us to make a metal bender, we could not just by making it! Therefore, the next structure by the make it extreme team with the number 0036 is a genuine idea of a metal bender to satisfy our needs. 

First, we made an horizontal, reticulated frame of square tubes of 60mm thickness x 60mm x 2mm, which has been placed on a basis. The basis of our machine as well as the horizontal frame are both motionless. A second frame with the same requirements of a structure includes our horizontal frame and it moves upwards and downwards within two metallic channels that we made. The motion of the moveable part is vertical in the motionless frame. Any moves occurred in the frame are supported with the use of a hydraulic jack that exerts pressure up to 6 tones. This jack moves with the help of a lever that has been attached on it. Thus, moving the lever, the moveable metallic frame moves vertically on the horizontal framework with the potential to exert pressure of 6 tones. Then, we placed two metallic axes of 38mm thickness at the frame which remains still and another one the same at the moveable frame. In this way, placing the metallic object between the two axes and moving the lever of the jack, we make the object incline and bend. 

At the two edges of the three axes, we placed screws and we made special channels for wedges in order to be able to put attachments according to the shape and the thickness of the metallic objects that we need to bend. Taking benefit from our structure, we made a wheel that is placed at the central axis which is located at the moveable frame. As a result, giving the inclination that we prefer and orbiting the wheel continuously, we manage a constant inclination at the metallic objects that we want to bend such as tubes, square tubes, knife blades and others. Both sides of the axes have been modified as the one side can be used for a new machine in the future. 

Also, we made special attachments for the edges of the axes made of metallic, perforated axes and plastic for bending the tubes and aluminum. Therefore, we achieved to bend iron at the center of the metal bender as well as at its edge. At the central point of the metal bender, objects of a larger diameter are placed as it is supported by both sides with omega bearing while at its edge smaller in size objects are put for bending but in various shapes and kinds. 

Also, at the edges, we can achieve a larger inclination and make circles and arrows smaller in diameter. Furthermore, we designed our structure to function vertically and horizontally according to the available space that we have and it has been implemented having the perspective to transform our structure into an automatic machine in the future using a motοr if necessary. 

It is highly recommended as it is very simple and useable as well as useful to thousand other structures and essential for us and to many other humans. 

Finally, it should be mentioned that at the sideways of the metal bender, wheels can be placed to move it easily. Also, it has been painted in green and black colour.
 

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14 / 05 / 2016 | Videos

Dining Table



The particular structure is for the lovers of natural wood in combination with metal that we used to create a dinner table. 


This dinner table is distinctive due to the large sizes of the materials used as well as for the metallic frame and the pieces of wood. Its metallic frame is consisted of square tubes of 100mm x 40mm x 2mm, 2.20m length, 80cm width and 63cm height

As for the wood used for the particular table to cover its frame, is from a Cypriot Pine tree that was uprooted due to bad weather conditions and soil erosion five years ago. The two pieces of wood used for the frame are 1m width, 2.20m length and 12cm height. 

The metallic frame of our dinner table was coloured in matte black after it had been made in grains in order to achieve a better adhesion of the paint. Then, these two pieces of wood were connected and glued together on their two processed surfaces that were straightened to reach the best possible outcome of welding without any spaces. To empower the welding of the two points of the surfaces that were connected, we increased not only the quantity of the glue used but also we placed more layers of wood. The two edges of the table remained to the shape of the tree. Regarding the ending of the wood was made with colourless wood varnish. 

What makes this dinner table to stand out is the use of IROKO wood that was placed at the two edges of the table. Also, on the top of the table, a small, rectangle shaped piece of IROKO wood was placed to carve our team’s logo and the name of our channel on youtube as well as the structure’s number.  

This table was made to last for many years as the large sizes of its materials make it perennial. Additionally, on the bottom of its legs, we placed small floor mats to avoid damaging them in case of moving. 

The only disadvantage that we can point out for our structure is its excessive weight as it weighs about 240kg. However, this should not be considered as a serious problem as it was made for a specific place at home and not to be moved around. 

In the end of the day, another special structure has been completed and it is ready to be added in our collection!


































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06 / 05 / 2016 | Videos

It's possible to use the angle grinder as a strimmer



The third angle grinder hack from the ‘make it extreme’ team was created to help us in garden chores. Therefore, we turned the angle grinder that we made into a strimmer! 


The particular idea was raised by a very affordable hack as with the use of two plugs, a switch and some scrap metallic pieces, we achieved to make a grass cutting machine. 

What we needed for the base of the angle grinder was a piece of metallic plate as well as for the protective cover, which protects us while cutting the grass as well as other things like small pebbles and things that might be contained in our garden hidden by the grass. 

For this purpose, we added an aluminum tube to fill the gap between the height of the user and the ground in order to make our tool easy to use and keep the user’s posture in a straight line so that his back won’t get hurt. 

The reason of using an aluminum tube is to keep the weight of the tool reduced. Then, we created the handles of our machine at the points, where the user will place his hands when he uses this tool. At the edge of the one handle, we made an electric switch for the user to activate and deactivate the machine whenever he needs it or not. 

At the back side of the structure, a socket was placed to put the plug of the grinder so that we won’t need to alter anything on our working tool. Thus, once we place the special strimmer line that is used for the factorial strimmer in our grinder, our tool is complete.

Activating the grinder, the strimmer line orbits rapidly and cuts the grass that is placed inside. Moreover, in order to make our machine relaxed for the user, we made a belt that can be put on the shoulders and connected with the machine so that the belt and the user’s shoulders will support the weight of the tool to ease the arms and the hands of the user. 

Finally, spending a very little money and a very few materials, we made an extremely useful tool for our garden.














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26 / 04 / 2016 | Videos

DIY Sandblaster



Here we are with another brand new structure by the ‘make it extreme’ team, a Sandblaster. 


This structure is capable for multiple uses such as removing the rust from old objects and coatings as well as writing on many different kinds of materials like glass, stone and others. 

Our own design of the particular structure aims to recycle the sand in order to be able to use it more than once. Thus, we used two tanks to reach this particular outcome as when the one tank is in use for sandblasting the other one which is not in use, it will be able to keep the sand in it. Therefore, after the sand is ran out from the tank which was used for sandblasting and with the help of some valves the function is reversed by carrying out the same process with the second tank this time. In the future, we are planning to make a recycling system for the sand, as well. 

To create the two tanks, first we took four tanks of domestic LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) to cut them and then, we made two larger ones. Our tanks are linked with screws in the middle in order to enable us to access their inside surface, if it is necessary. 

The air is inserted by a robe which is connected with an air compressor and it passes through with the help of a pressure regulator. Then, the air in the tank pressures the sand and another supply connects with the valve, in which the sand is mingled with the air (mixing valve) and next, it moves towards the sandblaster gun within a robe. Therefore, opening the valve we realize that the sand comes out of it in a great speed and hitting our object we have the outcome that we just mentioned above. The inlet of our tank, where the sand is inserted, it opens when the pressure of the tank is in zero and automatically, closes when the air is inserted in our tank. This fact makes the placement of the sand and our sand blaster extremely easy to use. 

The indications regarding the pressure applied in our tanks are showed by two pressure gauges that each one is placed per tank. Also, for safety issues, we placed two safety air valves 12 bar on our tanks as well as two exhaust valves that remove the air from the tanks when is necessary. 

To make our sand bluster even easier to use, four wheels have been placed to become a movable tool, easy to be used in our workplace, too. 

Reaching pressures of 8 bar from our compressor, our sand bluster works great and it has excellent results. Also, putting some water in our tanks, we can clean our place from dirt that cannot be easily removed with the water pressure in our home. In addition, putting some sand in one of the two tanks and water in the other we can transform our structure into a hydro-sand blaster in no time… 

Finally, our structure with number 0033 is added in our work lab as another brilliant tool.
































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17 / 04 / 2016 | Videos

DIY Spot Welder



The new project of make it extreme is the transformation of an old microwave oven into a brand new spot welder. How did we manage that? Firstly, we decomposed the microwave oven and took its transformer and the fan that cools it. 

The particular project was planned not to make a portable spot welder but one with a stable basis.
Therefore, we made a metallic frame with a stable basis to support it and we also made some holes on it in order to be able to be screwed on the spot where it will be located. After that, we removed the one copper coil of the transformer and we passed a single coil of a copper cable through the frame, 16mm thick in order to reduce the volt and increase the ampere. Regarding the edges of the cable, we made two copper spikes 25mm of thickness. Then, we placed the cables with the transformer on the metallic frame and after that, we put the spikes on two calipers. The one caliper that is located on the frame remains still while the caliper which is on the upper side opens and closes by just a simple touch on a stepper that we placed on the basis of our machine. Thus, by just stepping on this stepper the calipers close and come together enabling the electricity to permeate the spikes. 

Additionally, a spring was placed on the moveable caliper that brings it back to its original position when we release the stepper. To regulate the pressure between the spikes, we placed a mechanism with a spring on our stepper that keeps the stepper moving even if the spikes come together.  

On the upper side of our machine we placed the control panel that regulates the thickness of the pieces of the iron plate that we need to glue together. On the control panel, we made a timer relay switch that defines the time needed for the weld and as it is commonly known when we glue thicker objects more time is required. Therefore, we have the potential to define the time needed according to the thickness of the material that we glue aiming to the desired outcome. Beside the timer, there are also two indicative lights and a switch on the control panel. When the stepper of our machine is not pressed, then the red light is pressed indicating the machine is not ready to start the weld. However, when we press the stepper and the light is not red anymore but becomes green, we know that it is ready to start the weld. Starting the weld and pressing the stepper, electricity permeates the spikes as well as the metal sheets that we need to glue within the time period that is set. 

Therefore, the weld is carried out through a safe, controlled procedure. Moreover, the fan that we took from the microwave oven and we placed it behind the transformer keeps the transformer’s temperature low enabling us during the weld process to carry on gluing endlessly.




















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