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#41 George

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 10:16 AM

Question for Sydneysiders - roughly how long would it take to drive from, say, Pennant Hills to St George TAFE at the time the course starts ?


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40 min. You would need to add peak hour traffic to that so a bit over an hour.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 10:45 AM

Thanks, that's getting up closer to three hours from Newcastle then  :-[



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:54 PM

this is awesome! me n some mates have been talking about this for a while.

would be very interested in signing up. i have no experience at all and have always wanted to get in on this.

How many people fr this forum have signed up for the FEB course?

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:56 PM

So far only I have signed up. Gavin will sign up soon. The class is half full so plenty of spots left.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:54 PM

Circumstances have changed for me so I am withdrawing from the course tomorrow. And here I was calling out Gav for potentially piking. Sorry Gav. :(

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:59 PM

Awww I haven't signed up yet. Should I wait till next semester or have circumstances changed beyond that?

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:02 PM

Don't let me influence your decision Gav. I don't expect to be signing up this or next semester. :-/

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:16 PM

Just saw your PM mate. I understand and will still sign up on Wednesday.

Mate if I become a competent welder / metal worker I'll be happy to help out with #19.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:45 PM

Just so people know a similar course is being run at St.Leonards for which I have signed up. It will also struggle to get numbers so if either course is short we may need to transfer to the other campus.

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:19 AM

Guys just bumping this up to say I've enrolled today. There is a few spots left for anyone else looking to join.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:43 AM

Just realised original course link is dead. Try this 1.
https://www.tafensw....o=29588&tpInd=Y

Quick bump as this starts next week on the 11th.

Not sure if anyone else has enrolled from here? But if not I'll be so ronery :)


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:43 PM

For those who have done this course before, should I bring a panel in to start working on in the first class or is it mainly a safety and intro session first night? Guess I can call and ask also.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:42 PM

Hi Gav,

at St.Leonards which is probably similar the first 6 months are spent teaching you all the metal forming techniques that you will need to repair different shapes. After that, then you can start bringing in stuff to work on. They may start you on panels earlier. My only regret with this course is not doing it 10 years earlier before the fees went through the roof. I'm sure you will want to keep doing it, I love it.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:41 AM

How was the first class Gav?

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:28 AM

Actually they moved me to the Wednesday night class due to the first 1 being a bit over booked as some more experienced folks decided to return. So they have 2 groups now. I assume I'm in the newbie group. I'll let you know how it goes after tonight.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 10:22 PM

So just an update for those who are considering doing this course in future.

Today I took a piece of sheet metal, cut it out into the shape of a motorcycle gas tank and then proceeded to beat it into shape, giving it a 3 dimensional feel. I used the English wheel, hammer and dolly mostly.

I actually had trouble using the tin-snips - seems funny but it's hard to cut the metal with them unless you use the appropriate technique. Anyway the piece I created is looking quite good, or at least I'm happy with the way it looks all things considered and given it's my first go.

The others in the class seemed to get it quite quick and seemed a bit more used to using their hands than I. I felt a bit like the slower 1, that's what working in an office will do for you though. But overall it was a good experience and it does make the road ahead feel less daunting.

It is only the first week though so I don't want to speak too soon, but I'm glad I'm doing this now and even re-evaluating if I'll even buy patch panels from the likes of rare spares etc.. seems it might be better to make some of these things from scratch like door skins, roofs and even floors, but let's see how we go!

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 01:30 PM

By the way I think it was mentioned earlier in this thread, but Mark is the guy who was running last nights class.

His business is here:
http://natolipanelcreations.com.au/

He also does Youtube videos:
http://www.youtube.c...JK0ZnQaFd_ur8gw



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:42 AM

god dam it, the only reason i didn't sign up is St George is such a drive from my area. im all the way out west.

Wetherill park tafe is literally 2 streets away from my house, and all the mechanical and bodywork/ panel beating tafe courses for your apprenticeships are there. Thats where i went for my apprentership. Why o why couldn't they have run it there instead, i would be the first person to sign up. Im guessing that the Tafe teacher who runs the course lives closer to that area.

Take some photo's of your work next week Gav, i want to see it being created on my screen week after week!

Rudolf.

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:52 AM

Haha, I was going to take a photo of it, but will try next week. Provided I don't make a mess of things, but that's all part of the learning process I guess.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:21 PM

Bump - classes are starting again tomorrow, right now it's full up but they are looking at running a second class. So please call Kristen O'Brien on 02 9217 5270 to express your interest in attending this quarter.

Some people were asking about photos of the work I did in the class and apart from the ones in the build thread I thought I'd share these also. We basically hand made this panel from a flat square bit of steel.

Starting with a paper template.
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You cut out something like this
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And then you end up with something that looks roughly like this.
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