Don't fabricate anything until you see these 5 tips

The ability to fabricate parts opens up a whole new world of potential for working on project cars–but only if you do it right.

Here are five of our favorite fabrication tips and tricks to make your project a success.

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SkyNoLimits8 None
9/28/22 8:46 p.m.

Always file, round corners, and de-sharpen metal edges from cutting. Sure it takes a few minutes, but you'll be glad your piece of metal won't cut you from a razor sharp edge as you install it, or later on when you re-work on the car.

Buy a drill press. You'll be glad you did, in fact you may even say 'Why didn't I buy this sooner'. We've all used the hand drills too many times. Though a drill press takes up space and requires clamps and some setup.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltimaDork
3/2/23 9:03 a.m.

Is one of the tips about checking your work?

3/2/23 10:08 a.m.

When you fabricate with angle iron, try to finish the part so that it does not look like you made it from angle iron! Radius the edges and drill a few speed-holes. I love my belt sander and drill press for this kind of work.

A countersink bit to put a slight taper on the edge of a drilled hole makes a nicer finish and mayhap a bit of stress relief. If nothing else it takes the burr of the edges.


Learn to think in three dimensions. A piece of square tube can be carved into a finished part without the need to weld if you are clever. The finished part also tends to look more professional.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
3/2/23 11:16 a.m.

In reply to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ :

We're just making sure you're paying attention ;-) Nevertheless, good advice. :-)

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