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Project Submitted: 11/10/2016
A deer skull with a 12 pt rack made entirely of metal to decorate my shop
First had to cut and bend the 3/8" rebar to form the skull. Then bend a match set with opposite bends of 1/2" rebar for part of the antlers and weld them to the skull. From there I bent the remanding 10 points one by one eyeballing each matching pair til it looked right, welding them on as I went. Then filled in the gaps to form a solid antler. Next cut a single piece of 22ga steel and formed it over the skull and around the antlers to the back of the skull, bending by hand and with a hammer, welding the 22ga to the 3/8" rebar with a full length bead so I could blend it in with the flapwheel. Next I ran the torch up and down the base of the antlers fast enough so it would lay a very rough weld for the texture and then welded an ununiform bead around the base of the antlers blending it with the 22ga metal on the skull trying without burning through. Then welded on a mounting bracket using odd pieces of scrap plate laying around and welded 2 bolts on the back to bolt to the garage wall. Was going to leave it bare but I mounted it on the outside of the shop so I painted it hammered black and hammered copper to give it a unique pop.
Miller 211 MIG running on 110 with c25 gas and Hobart steel wire for the entire project, 4-1/2" grinder utilizing both flapwheels s and cutoff discs, bench grinders with grinding wheels and wire wheels, drill with wire wheels, homemade rebar bender made out of a brake rotor with a 1" steel round welded to the top to give it 3 diameters of bends, ball peen hammer, vise, 3/8" rebar, 1/2" rebar, 22ga sheet metal, 1/8" and 1/4" scrap plate, 2 Chevy head bolts, and some spray paint
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