How to fix your store fixtures:
I wish I had a store, brick and mortar…but I do not. Rock and Ride, sadly, does not have that kind of avenue at this time. However, we do a lot of event booths, and I have some nice hat displays that hang off grid walls. I use them to display the vintage style 3/4 motorcycle helmets I carry (www.RockandRide.com) . Unfortunately, one of my fixtures broke. Being that it is made of metal, and having recently taken the Mig Welding SBU at Tech Shop Pittsburgh, I made/fixed this fixture at Tech Shop.
* You can see the fixed Store Fixture holding up a red helmet in the middle of this picture.
Step 1: Step 1:
Using and angle grinder and flapper wheel, I cleaned up the area where I was going to be re-attaching the two parts of the fixture. You want to clean any area you are going to weld to help get a nice clean weld. You can’t really weld to chrome, which this was, so that needed to be removed before the welding could take place.
Step 2: Step 2:
Now that you have your surfaces prepped and ready for welding, take your time and make sure to line up the material. Once it is welded, it will be in the place you want it, and it will work best for you. You may want to utilize some clamps, magnets, etc. to achieve the correct placement.
Step 3: Step 3:
Having already set the mig welder to the correct settings for your wire, and material thickness and with the gas flowing, lay a nice tack weld down. Then inspect your work to make sure you’re happy with the placement.
Step 4: Step 4:
Step 4: Now that you’re happy, go ahead and finish welding the piece. This will probably be your most sturdy fixture.
Ta da! The two have become one!