Made a stainless steel towel rack for bathroom

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Sodo

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I'm in the process of remodeling a rental house. This place was a HEAP, and I kinda can[t believe the transformation. There is a tiny 1/2 bath, and we replaced the vanity cabinet. Between the vanity and the wall was 4 inches, perfect for a towel holder. My wife went off to look for one that is open on the end, so you can slide a towel onto it from the end. She spend at least an hour at the store(s) and more time online. I've seen these before. But no luck finding one.

So I made it from scratch. It took an hour.

18 ga stainless steel and 3/8" stainless tubing. Cut parts with an angle grinder and Harbor Freight cutoff disc. Drilled the holes with a heavily oiled rota-broach.

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Was happy to be able to use my new Jawhorse to clamp the parts together.
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Welded 1/2" fillets in the 4 corners. Used a Miller MultiMatic 200, .030 wire, and on 18ga setting. I pulsed the trigger, as it was a little too hot. And I thin .024 wire would have been better for 18ga. I did not use Stainless wire, just the normal steel. I didn't have the "welding attachment" yet (with the Aluminum jaws) so had to use wood to protect the soft jaw pads.

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It attaches to the side of the cabinet like this.

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Installed.

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A MIG welder is such a useful tool. Here's to hoping members can see examples of making your own stuff (if you have a welder and some other tools). People are often so surprised, they say "YOU MADE THAT?" Jeez it's not a work of art, it's brute-force design.:laughing: And it's mostly hidden from the weld-inspectors:D.

But in any case I wish Ida just made it rather than sending my wife off on a wild goose chase. I'd sure like to have a TIG someday.
 
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With the design and fabrication completely by you Im sorry but I see a really big lawsuit coming your way when those welds fail!
(very nice)
 
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Nice job, Sodo!

Terry
 
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This is prolly a dumb question, but you just used standard flux core wire to weld stainless? I didn't know you could do that, but then again, I could write several books about what I don't know!
 
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Not flux core, used solid core wire with 25/75 AR-CO2 gas.

It's indoors, in a half-bath with no shower. I suppose I will find out if it rusts. The only thing I'm certain of is it's strong! And I had a good excuse to weld something up. :D
 
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May need to put a clear finish on it to keep it from rusting.
 
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Not flux core, used solid core wire with 25/75 AR-CO2 gas.

It's indoors, in a half-bath with no shower. I suppose I will find out if it rusts. The only thing I'm certain of is it's strong, but perhaps the more important detail is a fairly insignificant task has been crossed off my list! :thumbsup: And I had a good excuse to weld something up. :D
funny :laughing: I want to try some stainless but to be honest, a toilet paper holder wasn't in my sphere of thinking but now that you have blazed a trail, maybe we need a thread on welded TP holders! :D
 
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Oh and a question about welding stainless, I read that one should use 100% helium or argon but wondering if it makes a big difference. I only have 75/25.
 
 
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