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Here is the finished light ready for install.
That’s not black paint, it’s black patina with a matte clear coat.

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So, apparently I’m in the craft of making hairpin legs for the people I care about… I may actually start producing them as a product, though there are far too many competitors out there.

My wife asked me to make four for our kids’ art table that she wanted to make as a Christmas present ti them. I made 16 instead. .. Four of them (for the kids’ art table) were made to be 20” high, painted matte turquoise on the top 5”, and clear lacquered the rest of the way down. The rest went to a few other projects for my older sister and I…

These seem to be superior to most of the commercially available units as the are made with 7/16” cold rolled steel (not 3/8” hot rolled steel), the top plates are 3/16” (not 1/8”  or 10ga.), and the legs are fillet welded at the base of the top plates AND plug welded on the top of the top plates. I made a couple of jigs that made the replication super consistent, and I can make them virtually any height.  The top plates were very easy to make, because I just plasma cut them all… I’m considering powder coating a few sets too…

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These are a few name frames that I made for a friend to give to his in laws for Christmas.  The top photo shows the completed look. They are all 18 gage cold rolled steel, that has been hammered out to mimic the sheet metal techniques of the craftsman who worked for Gaudi. The style is in reminiscence of the Casa Mila entrance doors, with my own design and fabrication stylings. The tiles were supplied and purchased by my friend while on holiday in Barcelona.  The black color of the finished frames was a chemical plating/patina that I used to turn the steel matte black. Enjoy!

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New toy for the new year. 
This compressor is ten times the compressor I used to have, even though they are both 60 gallon…

New toy for the new year.

This compressor is ten times the compressor I used to have, even though they are both 60 gallon…

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This was a fun project!

My client is remodeling a 1960’s/70’s Arizona ranch house to fall into that rustic late mid-century modern design motif. I was asked to design three gates for the pool yard, and one security for for the master bedroom. After putting in my research, and running my brain down the washboard a few dozen times, this is what I came up with…   Enjoy!

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A credenza That I made for my wife for her birthday. Oh, and six shelves… If you look closely, the breaks between the shelves are staggered. This took more layout and attention to detail than you would believe! All of the shelf brackets are welded to the shelves, and had to be dead-on to hit studs. I chose to put the shelf brackets on top to act as bookends, and when books are actually in place, the shelf brackets disappear. This causes the viewer to see the lateral shelves as floating pieces of 10 gauge (1/8”) platforms with no obvious retainers.

The credenza is 3/4” square tubing, skinned with 14 gauge HRS, and the doors are 1/4” birch veneer plywood. I had to make custom bypass door tracks from scratch to accommodate my design. I plasma cut the counter top out of 10 gauge HRS, and finished it with beeswax. If you look close, you can see the cord grommet that I incorporated.

Hope you like it!

PS… I know my photos suck, but you get the idea!

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We needed a few things to knock over at the range… The bottle cap on the left is for scale (it’s 5-6” tall).
Two pigs, and six chickens!
Chickens are placed at 200 meters, and pigs are at 300 meters. We generally shoot with iron sights, and show-up the guys with big $ optics.

We needed a few things to knock over at the range… The bottle cap on the left is for scale (it’s 5-6” tall).

Two pigs, and six chickens!

Chickens are placed at 200 meters, and pigs are at 300 meters. We generally shoot with iron sights, and show-up the guys with big $ optics.

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My three year old son wanted to build a “metal motor boat” with dad…  Just hand tools and a drill.

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This is a Smokey picture, and it was hard enough to see through the cloud, so I’m happy that you can see anything… It’s what I have been doing for the last couple of weeks. Running a commercial CNC plasma table. Since I start this side project, I am now running three businesses and getting tired…

This is a Smokey picture, and it was hard enough to see through the cloud, so I’m happy that you can see anything… It’s what I have been doing for the last couple of weeks. Running a commercial CNC plasma table. Since I start this side project, I am now running three businesses and getting tired…

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It looks crappy, but it’s a ladder that I built to match a set of beds that I recently made. It’s all aluminum, properly angled, and has the rungs at the correct intervals. Now, its cleaned up and painted white to coincide with the finish of the two beds that it rests with. One of these days, I hope to get over to the house that it’s installed in and get a few pics of the whole setup…

It looks crappy, but it’s a ladder that I built to match a set of beds that I recently made. It’s all aluminum, properly angled, and has the rungs at the correct intervals. Now, its cleaned up and painted white to coincide with the finish of the two beds that it rests with. One of these days, I hope to get over to the house that it’s installed in and get a few pics of the whole setup…

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More shots as requested. Seat is Masonite with 12 fixing rivets, and 6 holes (holes represent six slices of pizza as these will be going into a pizza place). The chair is made of two pieces of 7/16” CRS rod, two pieces of 16ga. steel, one piece of Masonite, and 12 rivets. It has 12 1.5” radii and 3 bows (for the seat and back).

GIVE ME FEEDBACK PLEASE!

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Need a weird switch plate for the new outlet to power my belt grinder, but I could not find one in stores. Designed in just a few minutes and test “cut” with a silver Sharpie on black melamine.

Need a weird switch plate for the new outlet to power my belt grinder, but I could not find one in stores. Designed in just a few minutes and test “cut” with a silver Sharpie on black melamine.