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In case you’re a doubter, here’s another reason you should own a MIG welder: TM reader and photo pool member James posted this photo of this bumper basket he put together for his TJ.  It’s made of 2″ square tubing, plus a few other steel types and (of course) some expanded metal.  Note the spare tire mount.

Add a little paint to James’ creation, and everyone at the next Jeep meet’ll be asking: “Where’d you get that?” followed by, “Can I buy one?”  Answer: Buy a welder instead!  Awesome.

Toolmonger’s Photo Pool [Flickr]

PS: God, I love expanded metal.  Sure, everything you make with it looks like a deer stand.  But I love it anyway.


6 Responses to From The Flickr Pool: A Home-Built Jeep Bumper Basket

  1. Justin says:

    Okay, so what’s expanded metal?

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    It’s the “grate-looking” stuff making up the basket in the picture. It’s handy for all sorts of stuff, and we keep about half a sheet laying around in the shop all the time.

  3. Justin says:

    Gotcha. Wouldn’t have known it was called that.

  4. jeff says:

    Nice work james, that thing looks like straight-up pro level work.

  5. clove says:

    Good work!

    It can be use as a jeep bumper. You are such teriffic man.
    It can also protects the sides and fronts of the Jeep’s bumpers, which in turn protect the car’s frame from major collision impact.

    Great job!

  6. Coach James says:

    Why is it called “expanded” metal? Does it have something to do with the way it’s made?

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