MAKING THE STEELE RACK: Mark II - USA Edition

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  • Things We Carry
    Things We Carry 14 days ago

    2:21 "Shovel Hammer High Five" is my new band name now

  • Patriot Hoosier
    Patriot Hoosier 20 days ago

    You need a PHD ..... Post hole Digger

  • Kim Holcomb
    Kim Holcomb 24 days ago

    I like watching you two work. Will you do excellent work as dose Alec.

  • Chongo191
    Chongo191 3 months ago

    Should definitely replace those wooden railings on the stairs with some metalwork! Hell replace the stairs too! ... on second thought maybe just the railings... the steps would need some welding and I don't think you want your practice to be done on any sort of structure that is actually being used hahaha. Keep at it! Let everyone know when you are ready to give classes! Me and my boss want to visit eventually! We have a million questions! And we would be willing to give some welding tips in return!

  • lowkicker1971
    lowkicker1971 4 months ago

    @Will: what kind of knife you use at 4:30 ?

  • Matt Budney
    Matt Budney 4 months ago

    As a fabricator I admire that you're brutally honest about your welding skills and it makes me smile everytime you guys say fabricobbling

  • The_Ravens_Aerie
    The_Ravens_Aerie 4 months ago

    Being from Australia (like the grinder), I was wondering ‘Why is he cutting the plug off? That’s a perfectly good plug!’ Then I remembered....

  • Robert Johnson
    Robert Johnson 5 months ago

    Just a suggestion really...you guys do such great metal work...why not make some custom metal railing for your stairs and loft instead of just the plain jane wood look ? Would definitely make another decent project playlist to watch

  • Andrew Gail
    Andrew Gail 5 months ago +1

    why didn't you guys just use some paint thinner XD you could have used acetone and it would have come off like that *snaps*

  • TADionysus
    TADionysus 5 months ago

    grinding room needs some sound deadening too get some indoor outdoor carpet and hang it on the wall that will work perfectly

  • Captain Broccoli
    Captain Broccoli 5 months ago

    When your legal team makes you say you did a bad job
    *you did a really bad job*

  • Levi Culbertson
    Levi Culbertson 5 months ago

    Man get this, Makita LC1230 12-Inch Metal Cutting Saw, way better than the abrasive disc cutoff saws

  • leatherface711
    leatherface711 5 months ago

    The shovel hammer high five is also known as the (shammer )high five.

  • linkofdoom24
    linkofdoom24 5 months ago

    That’s what you get when you dig in frozen ground

  • 15thTimeLord
    15thTimeLord 5 months ago

    Sorry, how many Celsius meters is that?

  • Blair Cox
    Blair Cox 6 months ago

    On your own, without your sidekick, you're easily 10-12 years older than your true age.

  • Otto Skorzeny
    Otto Skorzeny 6 months ago

    i like when alec rolls his Rs

  • Brandon Thoma-Irvine
    Brandon Thoma-Irvine 6 months ago

    Hole needs to be about 3 feet deep for it to stay stable in the long term

  • PureNrGG
    PureNrGG 6 months ago

    I know it's a month late, but just a quick tip about concreting posts in the ground, the way I've done it, and my dad has done his entire life, is pour the entire bag directly into the hole, then pour the water into the hole, and mix right there. In the words of my father "The less water, the stronger it will set". Those words have never failed me in any of the fencing I've ever done!

  • ElMeanBean
    ElMeanBean 6 months ago

    Should have gotten postal diggers

  • Jonathan W
    Jonathan W 6 months ago

    You two make an awesome team. Great addition.

  • DjKinetec
    DjKinetec 6 months ago

    Use a post hole digger next time for a hole like that

  • kurikuri4sherm
    kurikuri4sherm 6 months ago

    *claps bare hands with cement dust*
    "Wear impervious gloves...great" lmfao

  • JudgmentDay78
    JudgmentDay78 6 months ago

    Montana in winter... the concrete froze and is too cold to set... it should set sometime in March or April.

  • RideTheSpiral11
    RideTheSpiral11 6 months ago

    Your next t-shirt should be a silhouette of Will with his hands on his hips.

  • Josh Spicer
    Josh Spicer 6 months ago

    should have used a trencher

  • Virginia Hoffman
    Virginia Hoffman 6 months ago

    next time just throw the concrete in the hole, no water needed

  • THE APRIL FOOL 1983
    THE APRIL FOOL 1983 6 months ago

    I am really behind on your videos . But I'm going to try to catch up thank you.

  • Neo Baggins
    Neo Baggins 6 months ago

    I must say, it took me some time to notice, but I really really really appreciate you putting some investment into the music for this channel, and not just going the dreadful royalty free route you usually hear. It's nice to not hear the annoying autotuned chipmunk voice songs, or 1940s songs put to a baseline and destroyed by looping. Edit: Also, you should definitely go more folk heavy now that you're out here.

  • Tyler Jirkovsky
    Tyler Jirkovsky 6 months ago

    That celceis stuff is easy it's easier than finding 8 3/8 inches and counting 8 1/8,8 2/8,8 3/8 when you could just say every 1/2 an inch is 12.7cm so 1 inch is just 25.4 cm

  • lawl281
    lawl281 6 months ago

    When you watch the video two weeks late so the comments are already full of what you want to say.

  • BIlly The Kid
    BIlly The Kid 6 months ago

    Now that’s a mans grinder! Guys!!!!!!!!

  • big25country
    big25country 7 months ago

    Will's demeanor is awesone! And I see we have a videographer now too!

  • Paul Atreides
    Paul Atreides 7 months ago

    you guys need to get a real mop and bucket :D

  • Ondřej Prchal
    Ondřej Prchal 7 months ago

    3:21 name of this music ?

    • Neo Baggins
      Neo Baggins 6 months ago

      Trying to figure it out myself. Presumably from epidemic sound, I spent about 15 min scrubbing through the website listening for this song...nothing yet

  • Cole Everman
    Cole Everman 7 months ago

    What's the make on the 2x72 belt grinder/sander?

    • Cole Everman
      Cole Everman 7 months ago

      Belt Grinder is an 84 Engineering - Gibson 72
      If anyone is interested :)

  • 2SOON
    2SOON 7 months ago

    I have that mop it’s fantastic

  • CadillacJak
    CadillacJak 7 months ago

    You guys are more professional and mature then most 40 year olds

  • Lou Marino
    Lou Marino 7 months ago

    You two are very entertaining

  • jrlc66 steam jcar1966 MC jcarmichael1966 mixer

    Why didn't you forge a mailbox thing instead of buying steel and welding it together little for a nice forging artist

  • Kasey Anderson
    Kasey Anderson 7 months ago

    Will is sooooo cute!

  • Nick Polanosky
    Nick Polanosky 7 months ago

    Do mailboxes really get stolen as often as the comments below would lead me to believe? I've never heard of this before.

  • That guy
    That guy 7 months ago

    If you can dig it with a shovel, trust me the ground is not frozen 🤣

  • Barry and
    Barry and 7 months ago

    Rule of thumb for concreting posts is twice as deep as wide. So if you dig a big wide hole like you did of 12 inches you need to go 24 inches deep. Why? If it’s as wide as deep it’s as good as a ball and socket so it WILL move around easily.
    Keep the holes tight and always aim 18 inches as a minimum depth regardless.

  • Bryan Hoppet
    Bryan Hoppet 7 months ago

    You needed to put the mailbox in the hole. Then put the concrete around the mailbox add water set it with a metal rod until it looks wet enough.

  • TheWolfster001
    TheWolfster001 7 months ago

    A post hole digger would have been the best thing to use or just rent an auger if the ground is very hard..

  • Jecar NodowIRL
    Jecar NodowIRL 7 months ago

    oh heck yeah i have that mop

    lol

  • James J
    James J 7 months ago

    I love it. You guys are fantastic together. You make it look like so much fun.

  • Isaac Cussen
    Isaac Cussen 7 months ago

    Still salty you didn't build a shovel

  • Brett Young
    Brett Young 7 months ago

    I want to know how many 10mm sockets were lost in the making of this video?

  • TheThunder005
    TheThunder005 7 months ago

    Forge a new handle for the shovel?

  • Chris Is
    Chris Is 7 months ago

    I still prefer Jeremy Schmidts grinder ;)

  • Drackar
    Drackar 7 months ago

    Ok, shouting into the void, but you messed up with the mailbox. Go buy carriage bolts, and have the nuts INSIDE. It makes it significantly harder for someone to come along and just walk off with your mailbox.

  • Steven B
    Steven B 7 months ago

    You guys dressed almost the same. It made some of the fast forwarded video a little confusing as to who was doing what. Had to watch for hoodie or glasses to tell you guys apart when the respirators were on. Good video though. I enjoyed all the pigeon jokes.

  • saw_knives
    saw_knives 7 months ago

    Great videos love that ur keeping it real and love the basic blacksmithing

  • Davo’s Shed
    Davo’s Shed 7 months ago

    I think they were separated at birth 😀 Maybe it’s just the shirts.
    You are both fun to watch even when there is no forging going on.
    Your welding is better than your concreting (BTW)

  • Jabba the Catt
    Jabba the Catt 7 months ago

    SteelRack II, Electric Boogaloo

  • Abom79
    Abom79 7 months ago

    I've been enjoying all of the shop updates guys!

  • GrandPaladin277
    GrandPaladin277 7 months ago

    I hope you called 811 before digging.

  • Michael Montgomery
    Michael Montgomery 7 months ago

    The cool thing about you having to set up a new shop is you are basically acting out the hypothetical question of: "If you had to start from scratch today but you could keep your knowledge, how would you do it?"

  • Michael Montgomery
    Michael Montgomery 7 months ago

    Excitement causes haste :)

  • Bill H
    Bill H 7 months ago

    2 words Alec. Posthole Digger.

  • Finarfin
    Finarfin 7 months ago

    Post like that - wants a hole about 20 inches deep. That's about two spits - 2 shovel depths.
    Mixing concrete for basic holes like this, where it's just for mass to hold a post:
    6 parts crushed stone - 10mm limestone is best
    3 parts grit sand
    1 part cement - or a touch more.
    Get a wooden board on the floor - about 4 foot square. Thin (1/4") plywood is ideal.
    Put 2 shovels of stone on the board. Add 1 shovel of grit sand. Add 1/2 shovel of cement. Add 2 more stone. Add one more grit sand. Add 1/2 shovel of cement. Two more stone. One more sand. That's a 6/3/1 mix and the stuff is partially mixed already by stacking in layers. You can sprinkle a bit more cement on the top if you like. I usually do - for luck!
    Go round the pile turning it over and over till it's all well mixed. Note you are mixing this DRY. It's lighter and much less mess than mixing wet concrete. It also keeps the plywood board dry.
    Get a standard two gallon bucket. Put about 2 inches of clean water in the bucket, no more than that. Less if the sand you are using is very damp. Just shovel in the dry mix on top of the water in the bucket. Fill it up to the top. Let the bucket sit for a minute. Give it a kick or two to settle the mix a little.
    Then just pour it in the hole on top of and around your spragged and levelled post.
    You probably need two such mixes as described above, which will give you about 3 buckets full.
    Sweep of the dry board. Wash your shovel and rinse out the bucket. Job's a good un.

  • Finarfin
    Finarfin 7 months ago

    Frozen ground, wooden-handled shovel...? You're lucky it didn't snap as you were forcing forwards and the broken shaft injuring you - like going right through you.
    You need a wrecking bar, as I call them in this neck of the woods.

  • Levi Morey
    Levi Morey 7 months ago

    So much dad joke

  • PrideDane
    PrideDane 7 months ago

    Can't figure out why u aren't cutting those square pipes in 90 degree for smooth weldings? but i like watching you guys, keep it going!

  • Mads Baardsgaard
    Mads Baardsgaard 7 months ago

    Holy hell, blacksmiths have/choose difficult solutions to trivial problems in other crafts

  • tiny
    tiny 7 months ago

    you know, a little bit of stain, and a light coat of clear on the hand rail would make it look nice and make it safe
    you might also think about getting tread tape, its almost like a sandpaper texture, it'll make the stairs much safer to walk on, especially if you have wet or icy boots from the winter or a rainy day

  • Daniel Ramsey
    Daniel Ramsey 7 months ago

    If you guys are going to weld often from the floor get yourself a 4x8 foot trench plate, you can just attach the welder ground lead to it.

  • A K
    A K 7 months ago

    Y’all know there’s hole digging shovels right....