Friday, January 15, 2010

I love it when a plan comes together!

I wanted to make a set of fire place tools and was inspired by some parts made by King Architectural Metals. They are called baskets and are traditionally made by blacksmiths to demonstrate their skills. These are machine made and I thought they would make nice handles. The photo shows all the ingredients; some sheet metal, a basket, some 1/2" EMT left over from a project, and a steel ball which is also from King.

Although EMT is galvanized and one needs to take care of the fumes when welding the inside dimension is 1/2". This works nicely with the basket which is designed to fit into a 1/2" diameter.

I had the design pretty firmly in mind and so did not make any plans. The next photo shows the results, exactly as I had pictured it. While my welding still needs a lot of improving my grinding has gotten pretty good to compensate.