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January 18th, 2012
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Kiers

Kiers were big spherical boilers used in the rag trade: either bleaching new cloth, or turning old rags into paper. They weren't all spherical, but clearly the best sort were.

Rivets, cogs and a shape that's gratuitously hard to make. What's not to like?

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From:jarkman
Date:January 18th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Splendid! We just need a collection of spherical plate sections and a big drill...
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From:quercus
Date:January 18th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Rivets too.

Lots of rivets.
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From:jarkman
Date:January 18th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
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How big a rivet could we do with just hammers ?
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From:sarah_mum
Date:January 18th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
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At some point, someone will have to be inside the sphers, losing hearing and san points as you hammer on the outside.

Hardcore steampunks wanted!
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From:e_spy
Date:January 20th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
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I've done 3/4" hot before now.
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From:mimmimmim
Date:January 18th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
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It looks like the world's biggest bingo machine...
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From:quercus
Date:January 18th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm... A few dozen bowling balls and I think you have a plan!
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From:jarkman
Date:January 18th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Bowling balls ? I think this is more the thing:

http://www.brindley-steel-forging.co.uk/acatalog/Mild_Steel_Balls.html
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From:jarkman
Date:January 18th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
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From:cursingchemist
Date:January 19th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
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>At some point, someone will have to be inside the sphere....

Before anyone looks in my direction (I'm happy to wear ear-defenders, and my sanity is unlikely to be adversely affected) I'd want to know exactly how big that exit hatch is
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From:quercus
Date:January 19th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Well if you went in...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 19th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
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>Well if you went in...

Is this a trap for non-topologists? Even I can see it does't have an inside or outside before rivetting starts....it's about 3/4 of the way through the job when the terms become distinctly meaningful, and the person who agreed to hold the rivetting dolly might start having second thoughts.

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