Saturday, March 10, 2012

Wood Stove Lid Lifter

One of the things we need for the cabin is a lid lifter for the small cast iron wood stove we restored and are using for heat.  We didn't find the original in my Aunt and Uncle's shed that we dug it out of.  We looked at several different ones at various antique stores, but never found one we were sure would work.

So I decided to make on.  Made good progress on it before it got too late to keep grinding on it.

Started with a piece of scrap 3/16" steel I had laying around.  Is actually part of the rear engine hanger for a Type 3 VW engine.

 Laid out a rough design on a flat section of the material.
 After cutting out the basic shape and welding a small tab on the end and doing a bunch of grinding I ended up with this.
 ...and with it installed in the lid.
We really liked some of the antique handles we saw that had a coil spring wrapped around them to help keep the part you touch a little cooler.  So I stole one of the spring handles from our fire-pit.
After some more cutting, welding, and grinding, this is what I ended up with.  Had to cut the end of the handle off to ge the spring on and then reweld the end on.  Little more grinder, hit it with the sandblaster and powder-coat it and it will be good to go.

Fun little project.

1 comment:

  1. Looks great. It is nice to create and build new things, so much of my time spent in the shop is fixing things.