Tuesday, February 21, 2012

tig welding project

I do love mid century modern furniture and when Dustin told me that his ottoman needed repair, I volunteered to help.  after all, Chris did just get his new Miller Maxstar set up and its always nice to work on welding projects when the finished product is not actually yours!

As you can see in the first pic, the wires were a bit misaligned and a previous repairer added a thick tab to "reinforce" it, but that wound up tweaking and pulling everything to one side, adding extra stress and causing the rest of the connection points to start to crack and break.  

I decided to leave that plat on there since it didn't need to look pretty, but to cut the entire frame off around the center and this silly little tab.  Chris then bent everything to be square-ish since perfectly straight wouldn't work with the bases shape and I vice gripped and tacked each corner joint into place.  Once everything was good enough, I grabbed the filler rod and finished up the work.  

finished job.

yeah, the welds aren't the prettiest things in the world, but this ottoman has a great leather cover that will never show the structure itself.  Oh and yeah, after it was done, I looked back up at Chris and said "I probably should have worn gloves this whole time, huh?"  In proper form he said, "nah".

1 comment:

Jeanette West said...

Yep, welding projects are heavily based on the purpose, so sometimes, the design doesn’t matter that much. Still, I believe that you’ve done a remarkable job with the wires; they look really sturdy! And yes, you should’ve worn gloves, but I don’t think that’s how you roll! :D