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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This little piece adapts a silk screening press to enable printing of baseball hats.
Stern rails for a Wilderness 30 sailboat in Santa Cruz Harbor.
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.
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.