Gary Snyder Fabrication

Production and Custom Metal Fabrication

Gary Snyder Fabrication is an owner operated metal fabrication shop providing personalized service with unparalleled attention to detail.

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Custom stainless steel and aluminum hardware

Short production run of specialty hardware with turned aluminum spacers, angled and slotted aluminum brackets, and custom machined and TIG welded stainless steel studs with low profile star shaped handles, there's also a welded stainless flag nut to hold the whole thing together. Pretty fun project, definitely not something you'll find at a hardware store.

Short run of custom stainless and aluminum hardware.

Short run of custom stainless and aluminum hardware.

Stainless Steel "Castle" Door Hinges

We made these very stout hinges for our friends at Williams Gate Works for a pair of giant garage doors they were commissioned to build. We quickly started calling them castle doors because of their shape and size. We made these hinges out of 304 stainless steel with a black patina and protective clear coat. The black patina gives the hinges the understated look of black steel or iron but with the rust resistance and additional stregth of stainless steel. 

Some of the black patinaed stainless hardware, all of the latches ride on custom black Delrin bushings.

Some of the black patinaed stainless hardware, all of the latches ride on custom black Delrin bushings.

Close up of the black patina on one of the hinges, the 1/2" x 3" stainless steel bar on the right was set into the wood doors and is not visible once the doors are installed.

Close up of the black patina on one of the hinges, the 1/2" x 3" stainless steel bar on the right was set into the wood doors and is not visible once the doors are installed.

The doors from inside the garage, Shannon at Williams Gate Works really knows how to make beautiful doors. The hinges pivot off center to allow the doors to open completely flat against the interior walls.

The doors from inside the garage, Shannon at Williams Gate Works really knows how to make beautiful doors. The hinges pivot off center to allow the doors to open completely flat against the interior walls.

Here's the exterior of the Cedar doors with Shannon Williams standing in front of them to give a sense of just how large these doors are.

Here's the exterior of the Cedar doors with Shannon Williams standing in front of them to give a sense of just how large these doors are.

living succulent heart sculpture

We built this heart sculpture for Robin Stockwell at Succulent Gardens in Castroville Ca. The heart was commissioned for the 2015 Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. The heart stands 14 feet high on it's stand and is 12 feet across. The metal work was completed and delivered to Succulent Gardens in late in 2014, it was then planted with 15,000 succulents and allowed to grow before being transported to Seattle to be displayed at the garden show.

Heart sculpture setup for display at the Northwest Flower and Garden show in Seattle WA

Heart sculpture setup for display at the Northwest Flower and Garden show in Seattle WA

The heart was built in two halves that are bolted together on site, this allowed the heart to fit in a standard climate controlled semi-trailer for shipping. The heart structure is moved back as far as possible from the plant growing surface to allow the plants more room to grow.

The backbone structure of the heart halves being welded while bolted together to ensure the heart halves will match once they are completed

The backbone structure of the heart halves being welded while bolted together to ensure the heart halves will match once they are completed

 The ribs for each half of the heart sculpture were bent in one piece to ensure the curves were consistent on each half of the heart. 

The curved ribs in welded in position as well as the outer edge shape, the edge on the right is the seam where the two halves will be bolted together.

The curved ribs in welded in position as well as the outer edge shape, the edge on the right is the seam where the two halves will be bolted together.

The surface of the heart is expanded metal shaped to fit the curves of the thin supporting ribs. We used the ribs as a template while shrinking and stretching the curves into the expanded metal, it was then carefully welded onto the ribs and the outer edge.

Shaping the expanded metal surface

Shaping the expanded metal surface

The back of the heart is made up of several flat expanded metal panels, the panels are removable to facilitate planting the 15,000 succulents.  

Metal work being done on the back panels of the heart, nutserts and stainless steel hardware secure the panels.

Metal work being done on the back panels of the heart, nutserts and stainless steel hardware secure the panels.

Matt Geary with one half of the heart painted red, the heart is sitting on a simple cart we made so the nursery could easily move the heart during the planting and growing period and to simplify shipping.

Matt Geary with one half of the heart painted red, the heart is sitting on a simple cart we made so the nursery could easily move the heart during the planting and growing period and to simplify shipping.

After allowing the 15,000 succulents to grow the heart and it's stand are up in Seattle at the Northwest Flower and Garden show. Now we just need to assemble all the pieces.

After allowing the 15,000 succulents to grow the heart and it's stand are up in Seattle at the Northwest Flower and Garden show. Now we just need to assemble all the pieces.

Working on the installation of the heart onto its stand in Seattle

Working on the installation of the heart onto its stand in Seattle

Close up of the planted surface of the heart

Close up of the planted surface of the heart

Living Succulent Heart sculpture

Living Succulent Heart sculpture

Stainless Steel Cabinets Commercial Food Production Facility

We made three of these cabinets out of 304 Stainless Steel for a commercial food production facility. The cabinets are TIG welded and their exterior is sheathed in Acrylic sheet (Plexiglas).

One of three custom Stainless Steel Food Production Cabinets. These cabinets are designed to hold 1050 pounds each.  It's hard to see the Acrylic sheathing in this photo it's so clear.

One of three custom Stainless Steel Food Production Cabinets. These cabinets are designed to hold 1050 pounds each.  It's hard to see the Acrylic sheathing in this photo it's so clear.

Custom food grade Stainless Steel cabinet with the protective plastic still on the acrylic (much easier to see the acrylic in this photo.)

Custom food grade Stainless Steel cabinet with the protective plastic still on the acrylic (much easier to see the acrylic in this photo.)

Matt lining up to drill one of the many, many holes required in the Plexiglas sheathing for the three cabinets.

Matt lining up to drill one of the many, many holes required in the Plexiglas sheathing for the three cabinets.


Moxon Claw HAM RADIO ANTENNA BRACKET Part #2

This is one half of the Moxon Claw ham radio bracket installed on the bracket made earlier (see part #1). The pair of brackets are designed and fabricated to provide a precise angle to the four masts that attach to them. The brackets are stainless steel and have been painted to make them less visible to the neighbors.

Here is the complete Moxon Claw antenna mocked up on the ground before being installed on the roof. 

Here is the complete Moxon Claw antenna mocked up on the ground before being installed on the roof. 


Sailboat dodger frame and floating bimini

This was a really fun project. The customer wanted a new dodger frame and a bimini for his sailboat. He didn't want to go with a traditional bimini design, which typically has a multitude of stainless steel tubing supports that tend to break up the clean lines of the boat as well as obstruct the view from the cockpit. 

Our solution was to build a floating bimini. The forward bimini supports are built into the dodger frame handrails, a custom fitting attaches the rear of the bimini to the mizzen mast, this is wrap around stainless steel band that attaches without the need for drilling any holes in the mast. Additionally two machined fittings welded to the bimini frame attach to the mizzen shrouds to add rotational stability to the rear. The bimini breaks down into three separate sections via custom stainless quick releases.

The bimini shape is matched to the shape of the cockpit with a camber to compliment the dodger and deck camber. The forward edge of the bimini slopes down to allow clearance for the main boom when the boom is at sailing height.  

The end result is a very clean look with greatly improved functionality over traditional designs

This pic shows the wrap around for the mizzen mast, without the mizzen wrap around the aft end of the cockpit would not be covered by the bimini

The bimini breaks down into three easily manageable sections using custom stainless steel quick releases

A view from the inside of the cockpit, I'm really happy with the clean uncluttered look

The front of the bimini slopes to match the main boom

Harley Sportster old school sissy bar

This customer wanted an old school sissy bar to fit the 60s-70s vibe of his HD Sportster. We decided to fabricate it with stainless steel flat bar and went with a very simple and clean design. Really happy with the look.

Old school Sportster sissy bar

Old school Sportster sissy bar

Harley sissy bar

Harley sissy bar

Moxon Claw ham radio antenna bracket part #1

Part one of a two part ham radio antenna bracket, this piece bridges over a dormer roof to mount the antenna without drilling any holes in the roof itself, it also has a slip joint in the center to ease the installation process.

304 stainless steel Moxon Claw ham antenna bracket

304 stainless steel Moxon Claw ham antenna bracket

Auto pilot fitting

This pretty little piece is machined out of bronze and stainless steel and is designed to attach a sailboat auto pilot arm to a steering quadrant while also providing connection points for the rudder stops.

Auto pilot attachment assembly

Auto pilot attachment assembly

Bronze auto pilot plates

Bronze auto pilot plates

Copper Ham radio plate

This is a through the wall grounding/connection plate made for a customer's Ham radio "shack". He really wanted the layout just right with just enough finger room for attaching cables, so I laid it out in CAD to ensure it was exactly to his liking. Once we had agreed on the layout it was just a matter of accurately drilling a bunch of holes in 0.125" copper plate.

CAD layout of the connectors

CAD layout of the connectors

Completed panel

Completed panel

Panel installed 

Panel installed 

5.6 Mini class "dirt boat" frame

This is a 5.6 Mini class dirt boat frame built for a local customer. The 5.6 Mini class is taking off in Europe and seems to be gaining steam here in the States with the world championships coming to Nevada next year. The frame was built as a prototype and did well on it's first runs in the Nevada desert.

Setting up the rear axle on the welding bench

Setting up the rear axle on the welding bench

Mast step ready to be welded up

Mast step ready to be welded up

Completed 5.6 Mini frame

Completed 5.6 Mini frame

Perkins coolant elbow

This project is a good example of a small job that meant a lot to the customer. This coolant elbow is off of an older Perkins diesel in a French built boat. The customer had tried everywhere to find a new replacement part without any luck at all. So, I reproduced the part and the boat was back under way.

Perkins coolant elbow

Perkins coolant elbow

Windvane self-steering brackets

These sailboat self-steering windvane brackets are built out of thick wall stainless tubing, the two black pieces on the ends were made out of Delrin/acetal to provide galvanic isolation between the stainless brackets and the aluminum self-steering vane. 

Windvane brackets

Windvane brackets

Portable 12 volt paper "beater"

This was a fun project. It's a small "paper beater" used for making pulp to be used for handmade paper production. The job was to fabricate a new adjustable motor bracket and convert "the beater" to use 12 volts in order to make it truly portable. The owners travel giving talks and demonstrations on paper making and it's not practical for them to bring their larger equipment. There were also a few fixes to the bearings and axle arrangement that we're pretty straight forward. To use this machine you add water and the raw material, such as cloth, you wish to make the pulp from. When you turn the machine on the aluminum wheel spins in a bath of water crushing and pulverizing the material into pulp for paper production. 

12 volt paper beater

12 volt paper beater

Stainless stern rail repair

I do a lot of rail repairs at GSF. Many boat owners are not aware their damaged boat rails can be repaired rather than replaced. Of course there are limits to the amount and type of damage that can be repaired before it makes more sense to just start over with a new rail. Hopefully these pics will help to demonstrate what is possible.

 

 

A severely bent stern rail off a Catalina sailboat 

A severely bent stern rail off a Catalina sailboat 

The rail is mounted to the welding table with fixtures to ensure proper alignment. Then the bent portion of tubing is cut out of the rail. The cardboard template on the table indexes the rotation of the rail foot so the holes line up with the original holes in the boat.

The rail is mounted to the welding table with fixtures to ensure proper alignment. Then the bent portion of tubing is cut out of the rail. The cardboard template on the table indexes the rotation of the rail foot so the holes line up with the original holes in the boat.

Internal stainless steel sleeves are made and inserted into the tube at the weld joints, the tube is then TIG welded, and the welds are hand filed down and polished. The end result is a repair that is undetectable to the naked eye and stronger than the original piece.  All done at a fraction of the cost of a building a new replacement rail.

Internal stainless steel sleeves are made and inserted into the tube at the weld joints, the tube is then TIG welded, and the welds are hand filed down and polished. The end result is a repair that is undetectable to the naked eye and stronger than the original piece.  All done at a fraction of the cost of a building a new replacement rail.

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