Fab/ Manual Machining

 

Most of the work I do is really small one off pieces for customers so don’t be intimidated if you have a small piece you need welded, this page just shows lengthy jobs that I have been trusted with and executed to perfection

 

This is a custom Jib crane I built for a barn to lift bails of hay. I drew the plans and started fabrication, I also installed, load tested, and briefed the owner on safe crane operation.

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There was also a Backing bracket for the other side of the 6×6 treated beam the crane is mounted on to evenly disperse the weight.

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The Main boom was painted red for visibility

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This is a high quality mig weld pass using solid wire and my professional machine.

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Here is the main boom after welding and before cleanup:

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these are the electric hoist mounts built for the pipe so the hoist can slide smoothly along the boom.

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Another Mig weld shot that goes around a tube.

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The hinges were both custom made and are ball bearing so the articulation is extremely smooth. Since they are the part with the most stress I did three weld passes on each side so they will never crack or fail.

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This next Truck was a large project where I installed a snow plow mount on a semi-truck.

I built two of this exact same truck.

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I made all the bracketry and mounts for the bulkheads, quick connects, and hydraulic tank reservoir behind the cab of the truck.

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These brackets were made to support the snow plow from the inside of the frame.

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I had to notch both sides of the 1/2″ plate and drill many 3/4″ holes through the plate and the frame to attach the main mount.

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This is one large bracket that went between the frame rails in front of the engine, its purpose is to hold the hydraulic PTO pump and the valve bank.

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This next truck was crashed in the back corner and needed many modifications to different hydraulic systems.

Final product:

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The crush zone:

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After many measurements and cutting out the old panel.

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Here is the new panel formed and ready to weld in place.

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In this picture you can see how the welds are short and there are a lot of them, that is done to keep the metal from getting too hot which would warp the new panel. instead it is stitched in place and maintains its shape perfectly.

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After welding I cleaned my welds and rounded the corners to send the truck to paint.

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I also re-chassised three of these flatbed boom crane trucks. Part of the job was to build new crane mounts. Each weld was Dual shield and had three passes for structural integrity.

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This was probably the biggest job of my life!… well, maybe not. It’s a custom made cable holder for my large tool box. It comes in extremely handy!

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The nice little weld bead:

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On this next project I re-chassised a mechanic truck body onto a brand new f450. they wanted a hitch so I built one rated for 1400lb tongue weight and 14000lb pulling weight. I did a lot of work and fab to this truck that I’m not going to list

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The hitch was welded with the method of dual shield and is extremely strong.

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This is a 1985 Toyota mini truck that has a 350/350 combo. It had the typical rust problem in the rear of the frame so I made new plates and welded them in place, I also welded a new cross member on and had to weld the fuel tank mount onto it.

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For those of you that have made it to the end of my page here is some more:

I have used many different welder’s from 480V three phase miller machines all the way to 110v cheap harbor freight welders and now I have two machines, one being a 200amp AC/DC Tig welder and the other is a 220amp MIG MP unit. Both are unbelievably precise and smart units and I bought them with my own money (not advertisement). I can weld any material and have both an argon tank and a C25 tank of gas.

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Equipment is very important to get the job done right and I have a LOT of it.

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I machined this fly cutter using both my Mill and Lathe

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I built this custom stainless and brass diving ladder for my boat. It will never rust and will just about never brake. It drops right in the special bracket i made and pulls right out.

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Here are a couple custom pulleys I machined on the lathe.

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during this project I centered and bored this “home made” sprocket to the same consistent size, then make a custom brass bushing along with drilling and placing a set screw in so it is fixed to the shaft

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