Easy Welded Architectural Art

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Weld this beginner project in one weekend!

Sometimes I want interest on a wall but not just another picture or saying. 

In this case I wanted to visually extend the ‘feeling’ of a small front window that has proportionately too much wall space on either side. The blank walls make my small window feel even smaller. Lost even, in that blank space. I wanted something neutral, balanced, reminiscent of a window, window-like, cheap, beautiful, farmhouse… what other catchwords… authentic, rustic – yes, I want it all!

Reclaimed architectural windows or woodwork?? Gorgeous! But when I want 2 to match, in a custom size and because I’m a tired mom, and want to snap my fingers and have it appear, making my own is an economic alternative. 

This is a beginner project. Actually a great first welding project. Light material makes for quick cuts and quick welding. A Small finished size keeps the whole project manageable in a weekend. Seriously, actually manageable and you can still get the regular stuff done. It even combines some reassuring light woodwork. 

Each square uses…

  • metal – 1 length (10′) 1/8″ x 1″ flat bar (sometimes called ‘strip’)
  • wood – 1 length (8′) 1×3 dimensional lumber

Other materials

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Step 1 – Stain your wood. Give it the most time possible to dry. Cut 2 pieces @ 22 1/4″ (sides) and 2 pieces @ 23 3/4″ (top/bottom). Remember to stain the ends.

Print that and bring it with you! 

Step 2 – Print the above plans and cut pieces. Drill holes in two of the 22″ pieces in the centre of the 1″ material with spacing shown in drawing. Set up your welder and practice some nice tack welds.

Note: Corners

Corner note – to make room for weld metal.
Step 3

Step 3 – Lay 22″ pieces in a square on edge using magnets to hold in place and tack corners. Flip the whole frame and tack the 4 corners again.

Step 4

Step 4 – Cut the 12″ inner square pieces and the 2 3/8″ tab pieces.

Step 5

Step 5 – Layout the inner square pieces and again hold in place with magnets and tack. Then flip the smaller square and tack again, just like the larger frame. Mark centre on all 22″ pieces and tack in tabs and inner square as shown below.

Detail of tack weld placement.
Step 6

Step 6 – Repeat steps to build a second matching welded Architectural Art frame. Using a grinder smooth out tacks around the outside of the frame to ensure the wood pieces fit in tight.

Step 7 – Paint frames. I used Rustoleum in a Flat Black matte finish.

Step 8 – Because the frames are open work and I didn’t want to see any drywall anchors behind, I used simple finishing nails to hang. I made sure at least one of the nails was in a wall stud and then centred each piece on the wall.

Stay awesome,

Lisa

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