Now that the design and layout work is complete, and the laser has done its thing, the real work begins. Or the FUN, depending on your feelings about welding and sanding metal. The interesting thing about my process is just how much of the fit-up and fixturing is simplified by the earlier CAD work — there’s very little guesswork or problem solving left at this point. Photos below tells the story of assembling the first CinderCone prototype.
Cleaning and preparing the raw laser cut parts. ^
A closer look at the warped hexagonal pattern. ^
Welding the attachment nuts into the brackets. ^
The bracket parts have hex cutouts to accept the nuts. Simplifies positioning. ^
A Quarter for Your Brackets - These brackets will hold the top section to the bottom fire basin.^
These hexagonal standoffs accept the leveling feet. ^
Attaching the legs to the base plate. Pretty colors. ^
All the legs attached to the bottom plate. ^
Finishing up the fire basin and adding the brackets. ^
Upper section welded up and bolted to the fire basin.
The Hard Part - Adding the “eyebrow” above the main door; bending metal of this thickness is never easy. ^
How many clamps can you fit in there, dude?
Eyebrow on and grill in place. Just a few final details. ^