My wife wanted some Christmas reindeer made from plywood for the front yard. After thinking about what a pain storage in the attic would be I decided to make them out of sheet metal and stick them in the back yard year round.
We cut patterns out of paper and traced them onto a 4x8 sheet of 16ga steel:
That is a lot of legs:
I used my plasma cutter to cut out all the pieces:
I needed slots cut in each part so they would fit together. Since cutting straight lines with a plasma cutter is nearly impossible (for me) I made a jig out of wood to help:
Not perfect, but it will work:
I had to beat the hell out of some of the parts to get them together but they look pretty good once assembled:
I tacked all the parts together with my Mig welder for stability:
After painting and calking over the tack welds and slots they look even better:
Note - You are probably seeing missing links to some pictures above. I still use Notepad to create the html code and have a template with plenty of extra references to pictures to save on typing. As I continue the page I will add pictures and descriptions and these missing links will disappear.