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Old 02-25-2011, 10:13 PM   #256
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These are from scrap. 2 projects I threw together for the SO to keep her happy with my shop time.

I got the leaves from a garage sale plant stand for $.50


weld1 by ,

Scrap tile from a friends remodel, $10 flea market fire pit, metal from and old instrument rack the high school was trashing. I bought the plywood and grout at home depot.


weld2 by ,

OK, highjack over. Back to your cool stuff.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:35 AM   #257
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Please, please hijack all you want!! Very beautiful and inspiring work!!! Functional, too!

I'm going to show my wife the candle holder. We have a garden tub in the master bath and something like that would look nice!

Cool BBQ as well! I need to start hitting some yard sales!
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:26 PM   #258
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Thanks! here is the table frame during the build.


Mothers day 10 005 by beardeddogdesign, on Flickr




If you start getting into doing any ornamental, look into the scrolling attachment and a smaller, benchtop bender.

http://www.vansantent.com/sheet_meta...tal_Bender.htm

Just a fair warning. I can see that you are addicted to fabrication as much as I am, if you start doing ornamental as well, every piece of furniture in your home will eventually be replaced with something you have made.

I have been sketching up a piece to completely cover one dining room wall with ivy and candelabras. It is on hold as the in-laws have moved in temporarily and my shop is full of their junk.
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:03 PM   #259
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Kirkster,
You are a true inspiration! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:45 AM   #260
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Thanks! here is the table frame during the build.


Mothers day 10 005 by beardeddogdesign, on Flickr




If you start getting into doing any ornamental, look into the scrolling attachment and a smaller, benchtop bender.

http://www.vansantent.com/sheet_meta...tal_Bender.htm

Just a fair warning. I can see that you are addicted to fabrication as much as I am, if you start doing ornamental as well, every piece of furniture in your home will eventually be replaced with something you have made.

I have been sketching up a piece to completely cover one dining room wall with ivy and candelabras. It is on hold as the in-laws have moved in temporarily and my shop is full of their junk.
Very nice! Artistic and completely functional. My work has been more industrial up to this point - nothing really artistic, but I want that to change. I want to make a nice privacy screen under our deck. That will be my first attempt at an artistic welding project. Very nice work! I showed my wife and she loved it!
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:46 AM   #261
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Kirkster,
You are a true inspiration! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts.
Thank you very much!
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:54 AM   #262
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Thanks for the inspiration on the TV bracket. I've thought about doing something similar for the same reason.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:15 PM   #263
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Thanks for the inspiration on the TV bracket. I've thought about doing something similar for the same reason.
You betcha! The brackets I saw available were flimsy and I would probably have to modify them anyway. It was a simple project that was fun to do.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:39 AM   #264
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Great work

Kirk - that's awesome. I read the whole post and loved the evolution. Very nice work and it's got to feel great to ride and use these things and know that you designed and built them with your own 2 hands! Congrats

...now I wish I lived closer to VA!

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Old 03-13-2011, 11:14 PM   #265
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Loving the luggage! Fantastic work
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:24 PM   #266
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Kirk - that's awesome. I read the whole post and loved the evolution. Very nice work and it's got to feel great to ride and use these things and know that you designed and built them with your own 2 hands! Congrats

...now I wish I lived closer to VA!

Cheers, David
Thanks, David!

It is very fun and exciting to make new things. I haven't even put a dent in the list of things I want to make. The welder has already paid for itself, and everything is gravy from this point on. Thanks for the kind words!

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Old 03-14-2011, 03:25 PM   #267
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Loving the luggage! Fantastic work

Thank you!
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:55 PM   #268
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next project...

There is a storm water ditch that separates my neighbor's and my rear yards. We had a small bridge across it for many years that a bad storm destroyed last year.

I've been wanting to build a replacement, but never had the means until now. I break out the "scrap" metal once again and go to work. I decide to undertake my largest project to date.





3) uprights welded end-to-end per side for a total of 6 uprights. There's 400 lbs. right there.



I cut two spacers to keep the strut spacing at 1 3/16". I use a tape measure frequently to make sure I'm not gaining on either side.



I have a LONG way to go. The final platform dimensions are 5' wide x 13' 6" long. Talk about a repetitive job. I guess professional welders deal with this day in and day out. I got all this complete in a day, so I should have the platform 100% tomorrow. Maybe I'll have enough time to start on the handrail tomorrow. I probably just jinxed myself.

I'm guessing it will probably weigh 800 lbs or so when complete. I plan on making handrails as well. Moving it to it's final destination will be a project in itself, but I like figuring things out. I'll drag it around back with my ATV and use jacks and come alongs to drop it in place.

More to follow in days to come...
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:13 PM   #269
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There is a storm water ditch that separates my neighbor's and my rear yards. We had a small bridge across it for many years that a bad storm destroyed last year.


More to follow in days to come...




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Old 03-14-2011, 05:14 PM   #270
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looking good but i think the center supports be turned the other way not to collect water = rust love your work
Thanks! What used to be the foot of the uprights has a lip about an inch longer than the C channel, and that is lip facing downward. The smooth side is up.

I plan on drilling a 1/2" hole in each corner of the center supports purposely to keep from holding water and becoming a mosquito breeding ground.

Good eye!
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