Kevin Mark Klughart

PhD, PE, JD, MIP, LLM

Patent Attorney / Engineer

 

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Loft

 

This project involved the construction of structural joint plates for a college dorm loft.  I can't claim any credit for the design, sheet metal fabrication, or hole drilling  - it was conceived and executed by the college student.  My involvement was only to perform what little welding was required to attach mounting tabs to several of the connecting plates.

As you can see, the design is quite unique, with the rear X-brace providing support for the wall-side of the bed frame and the desktop connected to the middle trusses providing lateral support for the V-shaped members that support the front of the bed frame.

Note the "stair" to the left of the outside frame to permit access to the top bed bunk.

Below you can get a better view of the truss plates used to support the top bed and brace the midsection and desk.  Tabs welded to the middle trusses support the desktop.

Construction of the trusses was with 11-gauge material for the critical sections in the rear X-support and 16-gauge sheet metal for the remaining truss plates.  Welding of support tabs for the desktop was achieved using 0.035 MIG with pure Argon shielding gas.  Most welders aren't aware that you don't need to run a CO2 mix to achieve adequate wetting and weld penetration in many circumstances.  As long as your wire feed speed is sufficiently high to guarantee good penetration and wetting, the weld will be fine.  The added benefit of using pure argon in these situations is reduced spatter and improved wetting of the weld.

 

Contact Information:

Kevin Mark Klughart

Registered Patent Attorney, USPTO

3825 Leisure Lane, Denton, TX 76210-5589

tel: 800-353-1211 / 940-320-0580  -  fax 940-320-0581

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