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The Industrial Tomato Cage Build

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Posted by Lanse on September 11, 2012 at 08:59:30 from (

Hey everyone!!

So, I've been trying to stay busy here lately by any means
possible, even if it means building gardening supplies for my

My mom is an avid gardener, and always grows and cans a whole
bunch of Tomatos every year. Between normal wear and tear,
and the epic winds we have here in Ohio, the 99 cent store
bought tomato cages never last very long.

So, she decided she wanted something stronger.

One day, we sat down and came up with a simple design, and I
got my sister Heather to help me build them. We drove to the
city and bought a whole mess of 3/4" round bar stock, and all
the 1x1/8" flat stock my steel yard had in stock, came home, and
got to work.

The round bar sure was rusty, but the flat stock rolled quite
nicely in my $20 homemade ring roller. We got everything setup,
and I gave her a crash course in mig welding with the 187, and
she welded the rings closed herself, defiantly didn't do a bad job
for a first time welder.

Anyway... We made a couple videos about this project, just
thought I'd share. Hope everyones having a good week, enjoy the
videos Yeehaw!! :)
Audio/Video clip:video1 video2


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