Split Infinitive: Hiding the Butt Joints

With temps now into the low 60’s, I’m back at it. I was able to get the first major butt joint to fit up well enough that it’s pretty difficult to point out. Lots of grinding and sanding were needed, as well as some inverted welding; the steel is so thin that, when brought to a molten state to fuse the parts together, it yields to the pull of gravity and tends to sink. I end up turning the piece over and welding it upside down to counteract this effect – it’s better to have a slightly high spot to grind down than a divot that needs punching back out. I was also able to get a pretty clean filet around the base, so it may not require any chasing. I find that these structurally critical areas are better left unground to avoid weakening the connection. This is turning out to be my most complicated assembly to date, but also a really fun challenge.

3 Replies to “Split Infinitive: Hiding the Butt Joints”

  1. Hello Mark! I just found you & your work by searching for myself on other people's blogs…ahem. (Ever done that before?) Anyway, I am so honored that you are fond of my work, but really YOU are a badass! Congrats on a seriously impressive body of work! (c; I love this new one. Makes me miss welding! Anyway, I can't wait to see what you do next.Warm regards from a new fan,Aurora

  2. Hey! Wow! (ok calm down now, hickboy). I’m really glad you found my blog, Aurora. And I’m also very pleased that you like my work and took the time to post a comment here – it makes me feel like this blog thing may actually work out the way I wanted; that is, to be a dynamic nexus of communication between creative people. I hadn’t seen your blog previous to this and am very impressed with the insight it gives into your experience. As you are envious of a more rural life, I am intrigued by the life of an artist in New York. Thanks for linking up and for your kind words. Don’t be a stranger.

  3. Hi Mark, Extremely impressed with your work and design process. I am department chair of Austin Community College Welding Technology, and we are training students now in Inventor, but sketchup looks to be a more inviting process. We have developed programs in Code Welding, Art Metals, Blacksmithing and Jewelry. I am a blacksmith myself, my website is blackmetalstudios, thank you so much for sharing your process.william

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