Metal "Rug"

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Introduction: Metal "Rug"

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I was inspired by this instructable, made by author amalkhan, she made a rug that wasn't made from cloth. Though a rug made from metal isn't at all as comfortable as a regular rug, it is a good conversation piece (and a work of art)

Hope you enjoy this instructable!

Step 1: Stuff Needed

Stuff needed
  1. Metal tubing (square and round)
  2. Welder (I used a MIG but TIG and stick should work)
  3. Chop saw
  4. Acetone or another solvent
  5. Patience

Step 2: Cut the Pieces

Once the stop was set to the wanted length (1.25 in.) I kept repeating the same thing over and over, turn on, add oil, ease the saw down, add oil, lift the saw, undo the clamp, push the metal farther in, and repeat. This is where patience comes in.

Step 3: Solvent Bath

After I cut the pieces, I found that they were greasy from the saw so I soaked them in acetone. This step isn't required but it is recommended so the metal doesn't catch on fire when it's welded.

Step 4: Arrange

I then turned the pieces on their end and arranged them, though I arranged them randomly you could:

  1. Draw a picture
  2. Write a name
  3. Or leave the middle open and use it as a picture frame.

Step 5: Weld

Once the pieces were arranged, I clamped the work clamp to a piece and tested the settings. With the settings changed I started welding the pieces together. Though not my best welds, it's not going to be put under stress so it doesn't really matter.

Step 6: Admire the Finished Product

Time to set the "rug" down and watch people get blasted with awesomeness.

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we had one on the front porch when I was a kid. did a really good job of getting mud off shoes.

This is a great use for the odd scraps I keep on had after a welding project. Creating some upcycled stuff. Tucking this one away for later use thanks

Would be great as a shoe scraper outside where it doesn't get rained on. Very cool looking!

Great as always Ben. You've got my vote for sure!