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  • #722089
    MTRoads
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    Near Glacier National Park, MT

    Ok, that’s very strange. Entered a post with 8 photos, then went to edit it to add one more photo and now the entire post is gone.
    Will have to do it when I get to the computer with the pictures and limit it to 8 photos. 🙁

    Stan
    From the Northwest corner of Montana.

    #722125
    MTRoads
    Pro
    Near Glacier National Park, MT

    Thought I would put a few pictures here of the steps I am using to make the leaves. (Someone might have a better idea.)

    Start off with cutting the basic shape out of the tower computer case side. Then put it in the vise and bend it in half.

    Then spread the sides apart again leaving a ‘trough’ for the stem to fit into. Set things up and tack weld the stem in place first – then wait for the piece to cool down. After it has lost the heat from the tacks, weld in the entire stem to the trough.

    Once that is done I grind down the weld, and then spot weld any gaps. (There are gaps due to the fact I go as fast as I can when running the bead – anything slower and I end up burning through the sheet metal). Then grind it down again.

    Then some beating on it with a ball peen hammer to give it some ‘figure’ and shape. The final picture show it before the veins are welded on – still some shaping and final work, but it has the basics done at that point. Can’t really see the shaping done so far as it was laying flat on the table.

    And the last picture show about half of what I will be making for the deck gate (plus any other ideas the better half has).

    Stan
    From the Northwest corner of Montana.

    #722147
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Thought I would put a few pictures here of the steps I am using to make the leaves.

    The leaves are really turning out nice. The gate will look great when done.

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    Fayetteville, NC
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    #722195
    MTRoads
    Pro
    Near Glacier National Park, MT

    Thought I would put a few pictures here of the steps I am using to make the leaves.

    The leaves are really turning out nice. The gate will look great when done.

    Thanks much. Got most of this batch of flowers/leaves shaped and ready today – now I’m kind of having a block on how/where I want to put them on the gate.
    Gave up a bit ago – maybe I’ll get something stuck in my head for next weekend.

    Stan
    From the Northwest corner of Montana.

    #722240
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Got most of this batch of flowers/leaves shaped and ready today

    Nice the project is moving along. Keep us posted.

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    Fayetteville, NC
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    #723209
    MTRoads
    Pro
    Near Glacier National Park, MT

    Thought I was going to have time today to start putting more on the gate after shaping them, and then the ‘list’ caught up with me.

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    Stan
    From the Northwest corner of Montana.

    #723228

    Thought I was going to have time today to start putting more on the gate after shaping them, and then the ‘list’ caught up with me.

    Those look fantastic
    You are really knocking this out of the park , great details.

    #723304
    MTRoads
    Pro
    Near Glacier National Park, MT

    Thanks for the comment Brian, the only two that have any hammer shaping at all done to them are the two on the top left.

    And ‘the list’ definitely caught up to me, almost the entire weekend shot as far as getting any time to work on the gate. 🙁

    Stan
    From the Northwest corner of Montana.

    #726633
    MTRoads
    Pro
    Near Glacier National Park, MT

    Finally have most of the flowers and leaves hammered into shape, hope to get them welded onto the gate this coming weekend.

    Stan
    From the Northwest corner of Montana.

    #726652
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Finally have most of the flowers and leaves hammered into shape, hope to get them welded onto the gate this coming weekend.

    Nice to hear the project is still moving along.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC
    (and also the World's Fastest Poster)

    #726659

    Finally have most of the flowers and leaves hammered into shape, hope to get them welded onto the gate this coming weekend.

    Sounds great , it’s definitely tedious work , definitely not a five minute job
    Looking forward to seeing what you did.

    #726670
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Finally have most of the flowers and leaves hammered into shape, hope to get them welded onto the gate this coming weekend.

    Has “the list” been brought under control or will it be sidelined for the weekend? LOL

    Looking forward to seeing your progress on this project.

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    #726716
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    Finally have most of the flowers and leaves hammered into shape, hope to get them welded onto the gate this coming weekend.

    Looking forward seeing them when you have them welded on the gate.

    Greg

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    #726718
    MTRoads
    Pro
    Near Glacier National Park, MT

    Finally have most of the flowers and leaves hammered into shape, hope to get them welded onto the gate this coming weekend.

    Has “the list” been brought under control or will it be sidelined for the weekend? LOL

    Looking forward to seeing your progress on this project.

    The list is probably going to last me for months to come. :/
    The weekend plan does include the gate though.

    Stan
    From the Northwest corner of Montana.

    #726811
    marioo
    Pro

    Thought I would put a few pictures here of the steps I am using to make the leaves. (Someone might have a better idea.)

    Start off with cutting the basic shape out of the tower computer case side. Then put it in the vise and bend it in half.

    Then spread the sides apart again leaving a ‘trough’ for the stem to fit into. Set things up and tack weld the stem in place first – then wait for the piece to cool down. After it has lost the heat from the tacks, weld in the entire stem to the trough.

    Once that is done I grind down the weld, and then spot weld any gaps. (There are gaps due to the fact I go as fast as I can when running the bead – anything slower and I end up burning through the sheet metal). Then grind it down again.

    Then some beating on it with a ball peen hammer to give it some ‘figure’ and shape. The final picture show it before the veins are welded on – still some shaping and final work, but it has the basics done at that point. Can’t really see the shaping done so far as it was laying flat on the table.

    And the last picture show about half of what I will be making for the deck gate (plus any other ideas the better half has).

    Great technique–I acttually have seen this done by a comrade before but haven’t done it myself. I’ve got some metal furniture design project coming up, I might make a few of this to add some softer aesthetic to the design. Thanks bud!

    #727595
    MTRoads
    Pro
    Near Glacier National Park, MT

    Thought I would put a few pictures here of the steps I am using to make the leaves. (Someone might have a better idea.)

    Start off with cutting the basic shape out of the tower computer case side. Then put it in the vise and bend it in half.

    Then spread the sides apart again leaving a ‘trough’ for the stem to fit into. Set things up and tack weld the stem in place first – then wait for the piece to cool down. After it has lost the heat from the tacks, weld in the entire stem to the trough.

    Once that is done I grind down the weld, and then spot weld any gaps. (There are gaps due to the fact I go as fast as I can when running the bead – anything slower and I end up burning through the sheet metal). Then grind it down again.

    Then some beating on it with a ball peen hammer to give it some ‘figure’ and shape. The final picture show it before the veins are welded on – still some shaping and final work, but it has the basics done at that point. Can’t really see the shaping done so far as it was laying flat on the table.

    And the last picture show about half of what I will be making for the deck gate (plus any other ideas the better half has).

    Great technique–I acttually have seen this done by a comrade before but haven’t done it myself. I’ve got some metal furniture design project coming up, I might make a few of this to add some softer aesthetic to the design. Thanks bud!

    Sounds like a fun project. Let me know how it goes.

    Stan
    From the Northwest corner of Montana.

    #732729
    Kevin78
    Pro

    Honestly, when I came up with the idea of welding, I thought that it was practical. Some parts of a car are easier and faster to weld yourself than contact a car repair shop. Now, I’m looking for something simpler looking through reviews – https://theweldingpro.com/mig-welder/ However, these leaves made me think about the aesthetic side)) I wonder if all welders come to this with time?

    #732734
    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

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    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #737556
    MTRoads
    Pro
    Near Glacier National Park, MT

    With the snow starting to gather on the ground, I will be getting in more shop time so I hope to get the deck gate finished up after a few more ‘learning sessions’ with the welder. Also have some considerations with the current design to ensure there are few, if any, spots where smaller fingers could get caught in the gate.
    Have made one more purchase for the metal working side of the shop, 14″ cut-off saw – should be faster than a hacksaw for a lot of stuff.

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    Stan
    From the Northwest corner of Montana.

    #737570

    With the snow starting to gather on the ground, I will be getting in more shop time so I hope to get the deck gate finished up after a few more ‘learning sessions’ with the welder. Also have some considerations with the current design to ensure there are few, if any, spots where smaller fingers could get caught in the gate.
    Have made one more purchase for the metal working side of the shop, 14″ cut-off saw – should be faster than a hacksaw for a lot of stuff.

    Congrats , those chop saws are nice , I used to use one every day when I was making security bars for basement windows ,
    I’m thinking about getting a metal circular saw for just typical work , nothing to big , seeing how I’m on the Bosch platform , I’ll wait for a deal on the CSM 18 volt saw.

    Good thinking about smaller fingers getting caught ,

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