Today's "Comedy of errors" was very nearly serious. Luckily I have managed to escape the clutches of abject failure.
I have no shame about my many mistakes and cock-ups, as they may serve as a warning to others.
I thought it might be good to weld the bearing stops in place inside the axle tube and I set about inserting them square and true with 6mm holes for some puddle-welds to anchor them in position.
First unwelcome surprise after welding the first one was that the filler material looked an odd colour.
When I dressed the puddles down they changed colour to rosy copper colour.
I had grabbed a silicon-bronze brazing rod by mistake. Oops!
Then, to my horror I realised that the length of 1" tube that I had inserted into the axle tube to make a last little positioning adjustment was still in there.
I went to twist it and I could not move it by hand. Argh! Had I brazed it in and now it was a permanent feature and the whole piece would have to be scrapped?
I put a Stillson wrench on the end of the tube poking out and gave it a twist and out it came! Phew!
I did the 'other' end of the assembly with no further issues, welding with steel and all OK.