J'ESP Posted June 5, 2011 Share Posted June 5, 2011 With the corporate registration in process, I am about to embark upon the task of building a series of stills. Crazy, yes, but most of you know what I'm talking about even if you picked one from a catalogue. A simple pot still for the messy stuff. A 6" plate packed/plate column for neutral & in between. A continuous for "filler". The main pot will be ~1000L steam jacket. Hope to find one at auction. The plan is to make a full scale paper model of the units, transfer to copper sheet, cut, bend weld/ soldier, etc. Not sure about the gauge. Heavy yes, but how heavy becomes too heavy to work with and $$$ with simple tools in my garage. Never done this before obviously, but I believe you should do everything once, get it right the first time, then go do something else. The stupid question is: what are the basic tools I will need to accomplish this task. Cutters, what kind. welding machines, how big. Hand tools. Books to read about coppersmithing? I'm thinking wood might make good jig material? Could I have a waterjet cut the sheets from a CAD drawing? Except for the pot & boiler I don't want to outsource parts beyond valves & special fittings. Might hire a pro welder for a day or few. Any comments are muchly appreciated. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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