I am a welding instructor at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. My wife Anne and I like cats. We have five at this time. Two years ago I decided to make her a one of a kind cat railing using the GMAW process [MIG] for our back porch.
Each cat was hand drawn with soap stone by me, and cut out using the plasma arc or oxy-fuel processes. I was hoping to finish for Christmas, but the railing was completed the following June.
The railing is one dimension, but I twisted the tails, and turned and/or tilted the cat heads to give them some depth and uniqueness. The material is 10 and 11 gauge mild steel and the whiskers are short electrode stubs. I used an open vice of about an inch or so and the ball end of a ball peen hammer to shape the electrode stubs. One must turn the electrodes to get the wavy look.
The spindles are made from ends from my shop. The posts are made from 10 gauge 2 x 2 inch square tube and the bottom bar is 11 gauge 1 x 2 inch rectangular tube. I used a 1/4" x 2" flat bar for the top bar, drilled to accept 3/16 x 1-1/2 inch lag bolts and used a 2 x 6 inch exterior wood top painted. This railing was painted Hammer tone metallic black. I used 1/4" X 1-1/2 lag bolts to secure the rail to the deck.
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