Heux Sundial

Machinery Used: Vertical Band Saw, Angle Grinder, Die Grinder, Plasma Cutter, Sanders
Materials Used: Steel Tubing, Steel sheets and Dupli-Color spray paint

 

The purpose of this project was to create a functional sundial, with the machinery and materials used limited to metalworking. By exploring different machinery and methods to create bends and cuts for metal, an original sundial was created.

 
 
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Fabrication Process

 

 
 1. Steel tubing was cut and MIG welded together to create the sundial base.

1. Steel tubing was cut and MIG welded together to create the sundial base.

 2. The welds were then grinded using the angle and die grinder to create a flushed appearance.

2. The welds were then grinded using the angle and die grinder to create a flushed appearance.

 
 
 3. The top and dial was plasma cutted to fit the base. Then, the pieces were welded together and grinded.

3. The top and dial was plasma cutted to fit the base. Then, the pieces were welded together and grinded.

 4. However, the design looked lacking so the top was removed and a new dial of a different design was plasma cut and welded to the piece

4. However, the design looked lacking so the top was removed and a new dial of a different design was plasma cut and welded to the piece

 
 
 5. The entire structure was then sanded and wiped down using acetone to get rid of any oil and grease on the steel. Then, primer was sprayed onto the piece.

5. The entire structure was then sanded and wiped down using acetone to get rid of any oil and grease on the steel. Then, primer was sprayed onto the piece.

 6.  Lastly, three coats of colored paint and a clear coat of paint were sprayed onto the sundial.

6.  Lastly, three coats of colored paint and a clear coat of paint were sprayed onto the sundial.