Exocubic Studio

Exocubic Studio

Making a Monument: Part 2

Fabrication on the bigger ones is quite similar to what I described earlier, except it requires a lot more equipment to manage the bigger components and exponentially more welding (the total linear feet of weld on this piece was something like 1300 ft.). I don't use rolls to create the curved sections, I just wrap them along the flat edge pieces and tack them as I go.

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Once I have all three rings together, the hard part starts. Manipulating these big pieces into place and getting proper alignment can be a real bitch. I've gotten pretty adept at working by my self, but this is the stage at which a little assistance would have been prudent. In the end, I was able to make the whole thing without any help, and also without being killed. Pretty neat, huh?

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Oh yeah. In that last shot, you can see those two main supports inside the base, which protrude upwards into the main ring when finished. These are actually 1/4 in. plate and essentially hold the whole thing up.