A project I recently worked on, was to build this handrail to provide support for two steps entering a customers home.
After cutting up a few pieces of steel tubing and flat bar, I got to work drilling the mounting holes for where the handrail will mount to the brick wall…
…and where it will mount to the steps.
I trimmed the ironworked scroll to get the right look, then beveled the edges to be welded providing room for deeper penetration and a solid weld.
First wrapping some weld around the the edges locks in the handrail, and provides a landing for the start and end of my welds to transform the scroll and rail into one.
Working the welds with consistent heat and motion in a mirroring manner cancels out any heat distortion resulting in a perfectly flat, and completely solid handrail.
The weld joint was then ground smooth….
….then welded to the supports.
I set it up outside to spray it black, and added a little special pixie dust to ensure that rust would develop quickly to match the other ironwork in this customers yard.
Installed in its new home with cement anchor bolts, and rust already growing!