I'm a big music lover and to display this love in my house, I decided to build this wall mounted coat rack.
- steel rod 8mm (total length +/- 6000mm)
- steel rod 6mm (total length +/- 2000mm)
- steel bar 4mm x 30mm (total length +/- 300mm)
I could use the metal from the class, which I payed 1€ per kilo for, so the cost for this project was approximately 15-20€
- angle grinder with cutting disc and sanding flap disc
- vise + vise grip +scrap pieces of metal pipes (to bend the rods)
- welding machine (I used a MIG welding machine, but any other will work as well) + gloves + welding helmet
- chalk (to make a pattern)
- piece of rope (any kind you like)
Step 1: Drawing
I just started a hobby welding class and after learning the basics about MIG and TIG welding, we could bring our own drawings and ideas to realize.
It was my first project in the welding class and with this instructable I want to show that you shouldn't be a professional to make something beautiful
This picture is a rough sketch of what I wanted to make, I drew this on the ground with a chalk in full scale, which I could use later on to check if the measurements of my metal rods were right.
Step 2: The Clef
I first started by making the clef and used 8mm steel rod for this.
To make sure my piece of metal was long enough, I used a rope to lay on the drawing as i could use this as the length of the rod.
I then used a vise, vise grip and a few spare pieces of metal pipes with different diameters to make my bends. Clamping the metal pipes between the vise and then using the vise grip to attach my rod to it and bend it to the desired shape.
Be carefull when doing this, as you could easily bend the metal the wrong way, making it difficult to correct later on.
Step 3: The Staff
Then it was time to make the staff
I measured a piece of 1200mm for the first line (bottom line before the bend), as this would just remain straight.
Next I took my piece of rope and measured (by the drawing I made on the ground) how long the other pieces had to be.
I then had a total of 9 pieces: 1 of 1200mm, 8 of about 600mm (every piece was different as it had to be bent later on) I used a bandsaw to cut them, but you could do it with an angle grinder as well.
I used the same technique as with the clef to bend all of the pieces according to the template.
I used a small piece of metal bar to weld the bent pieces on to (as seen in the picture)
To let the bent pieces meet up in the middle, I had to cut them a little in an angle, so they would fit nicely. I made a little mess of it by adding to much material during the weld, luckely I solved this later on by hiding it with a note.
I thought it would be nice to let the staff bend down in the end, but I didn't like it that much, so I changed it afterwards.
Step 4: The Notes
Next step was to make the notes, I started by cutting the 6mm metal rod in pieces of approximately 300mm long. I bent one end back to get the hollow note-shape using the same technique as before.
I was undecisive whether I would fill up all the notes or not, but found the full notes a little more appealing.
I didn't know on beforehand that it would take such a long time to fill the notes, as I did it with welding material, making sure I didn't miss a spot.
After a welding session, that took a few hours, I could grind the surface of the notes completely smooth with the angle grinder, using a flap sanding disc.
Step 5: The Assembly
At last, I was able to put all the parts together and get one hell of a scale!!
I used some leftover pieces of the metal bar, which I bent in a 'J-shape', welding it to the bottom of every note, making the useless though beautiful lump of metal, into an eyecatching coat hanger.
Unfortunately I don't have any place in my current house to hang it, so no pics of the scale being used. Maybe for the next project: welding a house?