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Well that's certainly different.....
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Harry you sure find some interesting projects.
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I would have never thought of that either.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Thanks for sharing this Harry, and all the other gems you have posted in the past. I like this idea alot and want to try it on a future project.
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Plumbers solder which is what appears to be used here and electrical solder used to contain lead, today leaded electrical solder is mainly used by small businesses and hobbyists in part due to the difficulties of making good joints/connections with lead free solder, large companies can afford the automated equipment to do the job without damaging components at the higher temperatures required. I don't know whether plumbers solder still contains lead.

Some years ago I read that some museums will no longer accept ship models with any lead castings/fittings as over time the lead oxidises to a white powder. Perhaps a consideration depending on how long you want your project to last although as museums think of preservation in hundreds of years, maybe not.

I love the potential of this but before I'd go ahead I'd make sure I had plenty of ventilation for the pour, I'll also be wearing a mask & looking for some way to catch the solder dust off that sander before it settles on everything in the shop.
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I like the looks of sulur a lot better, but it does tend to be a bit nasty to work with at times. If I were to use it I would use it seldom, and in a well ventilated work area.
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I've worked with sulfur in the fertilizer industry (Tiger 90) and it's nasty stuff. The dusts off it burns your eyes and nasal passages. The article is pretty interesting about the use of it.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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