collapse

Author Topic: Camping table sieve stand  (Read 6066 times)

Lefty

  • ALF'er VIP
  • *
  • Posts: 981
Camping table sieve stand
« on: June 08, 2014, 11:26:37 PM »
Taking inspiration from Fullerton's back-saving shaker table, I stripped the busted top off my old folding camping table and replaced with 50mm x 75mm steel mesh. The thing used to murder my back whenever I spent any amount of time preparing food on it - it's just too low. Added another 400mm in height to the legs so that it sits about my belly button height, a perfect working height. Just needs a few bits added - a covering for the cut-off ends of the mesh and maybe a bit more strengthening seeing as it's now a lot taller. Just position the washtub a few paces behind it and you shake out the fines with the sieve resting on the table, give it a scrub in the tub then back on the table to go through it. It'll get a run in a few weeks time when I go out to the claim.


MakkyBrown

  • Administrator
  • ALF'er VIP
  • *****
  • Posts: 1498
Re: Camping table sieve stand
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2014, 08:44:00 AM »
Good idea Lefty  beers Made my workshop benches about 110cm to stop the back/neck pain.

Lefty

  • ALF'er VIP
  • *
  • Posts: 981
Re: Camping table sieve stand
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2014, 09:28:25 AM »
Yeah, you definately need a different height for a table or bench that you're going to work at while standing as opposed to one that you're going to sit at. Otherwise you find yourself leaning slightly forward and the weight of your whole upper body is hanging on your lower back. Ok for a short while but not so good after a few hours.

ObsidianMan

  • ALF'er Silver Member
  • *
  • Posts: 32
Re: Camping table sieve stand
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2014, 10:05:29 AM »
What a nifty idea food for thought.

Fullerton

  • Global Moderator
  • ALF'er VIP
  • *****
  • Posts: 1091
    • Friendly Heart Gems
Re: Camping table sieve stand
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2014, 04:18:50 PM »
Looks great Lefty, look forward to hearing how it goes  :)
For Australian lapidary materials and gemstones  https://www.facebook.com/FriendlyHeartGems

Jamo

  • ALF'er VIP
  • *
  • Posts: 1701
  • Gippsland Rocks!
Re: Camping table sieve stand
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2014, 06:22:27 PM »
Well done Lefty! I'm all for labor saving devices. It means we can fossick for longer.
Baaa humbug, not enough fossicking time!

Lefty

  • ALF'er VIP
  • *
  • Posts: 981
Re: Camping table sieve stand
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2014, 07:28:55 PM »
Quote
Well done Lefty! I'm all for labor saving devices. It means we can fossick for longer.

That's it Jamo - manual labour is hard work! :P Once I can use the jackhammer, trommel and pulsator things'll be sweet (but it's still not manual work-free, though quite a lot faster) but while I'm restricted to hand tools, I want to make sure the work is as easy as it can be made - like you say, the longer you can do it without getting stuffed, the more dirt you can go through.


It weighs next to nothing and still folds up so it should be good as part of a portable set-up as well, which I'll take with me on trips up far north QLD when I visit the in-laws - Moonstone hill and O'Briens creek sound good :)

Lefty

  • ALF'er VIP
  • *
  • Posts: 981
Re: Camping table sieve stand
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2014, 07:05:00 AM »

Some more budget fossicking gear - two good-sized sieves with 6mm mesh made from the ends of a 44-gallon drum. Have covered the ends of the mesh around the rim with super-hard construction adhesive and was going to put garden hose around the top of the rim but didn't get round to it - just took the sharp burrs off with a grinder and emery tape...




And a stand for the little sieves made from an old pole tennis set and some large L-brackets from a shelf set. I'll cut the brackets a bit lower and bring them in a bit so that the 330mm diameter sieves fit fairly neatly in. I tried for a couple of hours to use the spring that came with it but I ended up having to concede that it was just too soft to hold a sieve full of dirt. So I'll just have to push it through by hand or rock it - gently, don't want to break where the pole attached to the bottom - back and forth. The main thing is - I'm not standing there holding up the weight all day long.


Bucket

  • Global Moderator
  • ALF'er VIP
  • *****
  • Posts: 998
Re: Camping table sieve stand
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2014, 10:59:50 AM »
Lefty, not sure if you've tried it or not but what about an old car spring on a steel post?  Looks like you're handy with a welder and I'm pretty sure the car spring would take the weight alright.  I reckon you might need something like that with your home made sieves, being larger they'll be very heavy when full.
Common sense isn't exactly common

Lefty

  • ALF'er VIP
  • *
  • Posts: 981
Re: Camping table sieve stand
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2014, 08:49:36 PM »
Quote
Lefty, not sure if you've tried it or not but what about an old car spring on a steel post?  Looks like you're handy with a welder and I'm pretty sure the car spring would take the weight alright.  I reckon you might need something like that with your home made sieves, being larger they'll be very heavy when full.

That'll probably be my next project Bucket :) You do see some ingenuity on the field, prospecting equipment cobbled together from whatever is on hand.

The big sieves will sit on that table - it's just the smaller one I need the stand for. But yeah - a car spring or pretty much any spring stronger than the one that came with the pole tennis set should be fine.

Tags:
 

Recent Activities

Pewter Lap build by Bucket
[Today at 05:35:03 PM]


honey opal by dan1000
[August 02, 2021, 11:22:11 PM]


Opal doublet backing. by MakkyBrown
[August 02, 2021, 08:13:51 AM]


faceting machine digital microscope setup by Faceting Frank
[August 01, 2021, 12:28:09 PM]


Joke of the Day by pc bowe
[July 31, 2021, 07:47:35 AM]


Bevelled sides, flat top Cabochon by FlashGP
[July 30, 2021, 07:39:56 PM]


MB Faceting Machine Build by MakkyBrown
[July 26, 2021, 02:32:16 PM]


Bert Smit faceting machinery by RoughCreations
[July 24, 2021, 02:08:35 PM]


Facetron Encoder Mod Thread by RoughCreations
[July 14, 2021, 01:28:45 PM]


Advice on gemology course by FlashGP
[July 12, 2021, 02:27:09 PM]


Opal Identification help by AZ
[July 04, 2021, 09:37:58 AM]


Faceted stone design software by FlashGP
[June 27, 2021, 04:31:11 PM]


Can anyone help? Double terminated dog tooth sapphire by Tonyuk
[June 26, 2021, 04:49:22 PM]


Back from Agate Ck by Jimnyjerry
[June 26, 2021, 09:51:32 AM]


Flint by Rusted
[June 26, 2021, 06:28:29 AM]