Due to Travel and the Hot Las Vegas Summer … I have not been able to get out into the Metal Workshop as much as I have wanted in the last few months …
Therefore, decided to show some past metal projects done a few years ago …
One is a Metal Staircase done with some friends of mine up in North Dakota, and the other is of a Water-Slide in the ‘Lake Country’ of Minnesota.
My friends built a Lake Cabin and came up with a Metal Staircase design for it.
We refined the design and came up with a Single ‘Spine’ Beam Stairway concept.
Once we had an idea of what we wanted, I created individual drawings of each of the parts needed. SolidWorks CAD software made finding the correct unusual angles & curves a breeze. Some of the curved parts I cut out on a WaterJet down here in Las Vegas and shipped them up to North Dakota.
Once the parts arrived, I put a small Inverter D/C TIG Welding Machine in my suitcase and flew up to North Dakota where we built the Staircase onsite.
Somewhere along the design phase we found that we would be able to hide the upper staircase mount inside the wall on top of a huge wood beam creating a look that the center metal spine was just resting against the wall.
I drilled holes in a thick metal plate and put the heavy bolts through it and then welded the ends of the bolts to the plate inside the metal beam. Then once the metal plate was tacked in place I went back and ground out the edges of the plate into a full bevel so I could create a full penetration weld with 7018 DC Welding Rod from the back of the plate forward for a very strong weld.
We lifted up the metal beam and then Randi and his wife Carma held the beam by themselves, with the help of some scaffolding, while I attached the bolts to the hidden ‘Very Strong’ metal mount placed on top of a huge wood beam.
With Much Relief the main ‘Spine’ beam was installed without hurting anyone.
The Next Step was to bolt on each Step Frame and then Level before tightening.
Sometime around 1AM the night before I flew back to Las Vegas we finished welding the railings in place. We were able to weld inside because we used TIG welding that does not create sparks as other forms of welding do … However, Randi stood fire watch and honestly we were too tired to care. *Laughing*
Later my friends sent me photographs of the finished painted Stairs & Railings.
After I flew home, they used tightly stretched Metal Cables inside the Railings.
It was a fun project to design ‘long distance’ together and successfully build.
What made it even more fun was we didn’t have a design time limit, so we could take our time, and we didn’t have to worry about any labor cost because my friends and I were the ‘Free Labor’ … with the only cost being materials.
The Design allows people behind the stairs to still see an open view of the lake.
They have Since added a very Cool Outdoor Balcony!!
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Another friend of mine from Minnesota wanted to build a Water-Slide.
Nate had a Plastic Slide and wanted to turn it into a Lake Water-Slide.
I had a ‘Stick’ (SMAW) welding machine at the time, so we cut and bent some steel tubing and quickly welded together the slide frame, steps, and handrails.
Nate later ‘water-proof’ galvanized the metal and used plastic decking for steps.
Nate later sent me photos of the Finished Water-Slide at his Lake Cabin.
Having a Metal Workshop Leads to some Fun Projects with Friends …
— CHEERS …
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