Posted 09 December 2010 - 06:31 AM
I am about to make a 3 ft 3D Christmas star (3 stars 60 degrees rotated), for which I will also use 1/4", and I will use a section of 1/2" round rod right down the center to weld them all to for extra support.
A friend across town makes animals and stuff like that, and he also uses 1/4"
I've only done a little bending for a couple of hooks, and I just used a piece of steel pipe and bent 1/4" around it by hand. Almost all are straight sections, which I just cut and weld. My friend has various diameter metal objects welded to a table that he bends around, but I don't recall how he said he really does the bending, (with heat or not?).
We get it from a local welding fabrication shop. Mild carbon steel round rod is what I call it.
I buy 20' length pieces and the prices for 20 ft are $3.27 for 1/4" and $11.39 for 1/2" pieces.
A nice little Lincoln 125 mig welder does everything I ask of it, if only I could learn to make better welds.
Posted 09 December 2010 - 03:25 PM
Anything worth doing is worth over-doing
Posted 09 December 2010 - 04:02 PM
Douglass J Fir (DJ) was bent entirely free-hand using a vise and a scrap piece of 8" steel pipe as a bending form for the eyes.
Posted 13 December 2010 - 04:31 PM
I avoid the cold for several reasons:
1) hot rolled is easier to work with
2) there is no oil coating on hot rolled
3) hot rolled is cheaper
Hot will rust sooner, but if you prime and paint the frames as most of us do, that negates that issue.
You can get hot rolled from any welding/manufacturing shop
Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:55 PM
Hargis Holiday Lights, Altus OK
Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:42 AM
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my Path." - Psalms 119:105
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