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Building the 42Fab GIANT Steel Chiminea

Normally we post about projects we design and fabricate on our own, but this time we’ve got to give a huge shout-out to Richard Day at 42Fab in Oklahoma City. Richard has a YouTube channel where he shares all sorts of projects, and when we saw his Giant Steel Chiminea project it was love at first sight! The 42Fab GIANT Steel Chiminea Project Not only did he make a video about this magnificent piece, but[…]Continue Reading

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Breathing New Life into Old Picnic Tables

A little while back we had the opportunity to redesign and refurbish the old picnic tables at a local park. The old tables had a nice concrete base firmly planted in cement, but they had extremely weathered, rusty and downright dangerous expanded metal surfaces that were desperately in need of replacement! So we decided to do away with the old metal surface in favor of a cooler, smoother treated wood surface, supported by a strong[…]Continue Reading

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Fabricating a Custom Live Edge Table Support

Our friend and professional woodworker Kevin Tunis is always coming up with crazy ideas for beautiful wood tables, and occasionally they are so massive they could use a little extra support. We worked together to create a unique Texas-themed support for one of his custom projects. The wood legs for the table are plenty strong enough to bear the weight of the top, however to ensure the table would be impervious to lateral forces a[…]Continue Reading

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Turning the Johnson Service Group Logo into Wall Art!

We recently had the opportunity to create a beautiful piece of wall art from the Johnson Service Group logo for a new office location in Texas. The concept was to recreate their corporate logo as a 3D sign to hang in the reception area. This meant the logo first had to be re-created in a digital format, and broken down to basic components to be converted into cut-paths for machining. Next all of the steel[…]Continue Reading

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Building the Texas Elite Arched I-Beam Table Base

My buddy Kevin Tunis is a woodworker with a flare for making high-end custom tables with rare and massive wood slab tops. One such table is his Texas Elite which merges classical woodworking with custom metal fabrication for a table unlike anything you can get anywhere! Kevin loves to challenge convention, and the design of this table base is no exception. His vision was to build an industrial I-Beam design, including an arch in the[…]Continue Reading

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Custom Outdoor Texas Wall Art

Custom orders are always fun, because by their very nature each one is unique and that makes for a challenge. This one was no exception… Our client had a home with a small decorative brick pattern near the top of the front wall of the house, but the pattern was too small and they were looking for something nicer to cover it and beautify the home. There were a few goals: Hide the original brick[…]Continue Reading

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Custom Race Ramps Rack for Trailers

If you haven’t seen the custom ramps over at RaceRamps.com and you’re into any sort of powersports, you should really check them out. They make a line of trailer ramps that help extend the drive up door for low vehicle entry. The ramps are good looking and functional, but you do need to find a way to store them when they aren’t in use. Here’s what we did. Making the Ramp Holders Our client had[…]Continue Reading

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Prototyping a New ATV / UTV Tie Down System for Trailers

The ATV / UTV tie down system is now available for purchase here! I have a couple of ATVs, and I have a trailer, but until today I didn’t have a system for mounting those ATVs for secure transport. Oh, sure I could use ratcheting straps. But who really wants to rely on a couple of nylon straps when it comes to keeping a $10,000 or $20,000 vehicle from falling off on the highway and[…]Continue Reading

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Making the World’s Best Grill Grate!

I love to grill. But why is it that the weakest part of every single grill sold is always the grilling surface? It’s arguably the most important part, but even the “best” grills come with mediocre grates. Well, since I have a fabrication shop, I decided to remedy that by building the best damn grate in the world! Let me explain… The Problems with “Stock” Grill Grates Grill grates typically come in what I would[…]Continue Reading

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We’ve Been Building Some Structural Supports

It’s not all fun and games in the shop. Wait! Actually, it is! It is always fun and games in the shop. Even when we aren’t making crazy bottle openers, or amazing coat racks. Any day cutting and welding stuff in the shop is a good day! Today’s challenge was to create custom supports designed to support the roof over a covered porch. Normally people use something like a wooden post. But there’s one really[…]Continue Reading

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A Classy Sign for a Classy Guy

When bladesmiths sit around talking about their inspiration it’s only a matter of time before the conversation comes around to Master Bladesmith Jerry Fisk. He’s a great teacher, a mentor to many fantastic bladesmiths, an honorable man, and a good friend. Every master craftsman needs a nice sign to hang in the shop, so we set out to create something worthy of a Master. The Making of a Classic Sign It only seemed appropriate that[…]Continue Reading