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Friday Photos: Cuttin’ and Weldin’

I really do love working with cutting torches and welders. It is still amazing to me how you can make two pieces of metal become one.

I spent the whole day two Saturdays ago (01/06/07) building a couple of drive-through gates for our entry way. Here I have just finished cutting the saddles on each end of the front four pieces of pipe, which will form the tops and bottoms of the frame.

Here’s a close-up of the saddle cuts. A little patients (oops) patience here, getting a close fit, will make weld-up much easier and smoother looking.

Here’s how one of the corners welded up. Nice.

My project was far from finished on that Saturday, and last weekend we were socked in with a massive ice storm here in eastern Oklahoma, so that we didn’t set foot outside of the house until I went to work last Monday afternoon. Early tomorrow another major snow storm is set to move in. The gate project will have to wait at least one more week.

You can check out the rest of my project pictures on my Flickr page. Check out the making gates set there. The first six photos in that set are from a previous gate project, but they are interesting too.

Don’t miss all of the other fine Friday Photos at the Friday Photo Group.

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January 19, 2007 - Posted by | Friday Photos

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