Cafe Seat Build
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This week I helped Rob as he experimented with building his first ever cafe seat. After deciding the shape, we made a cardboard pattern and mocked it up on a frame to make sure the proportions were right. Then we traced the pattern pieces onto a sheet of steel.
After cutting out the pieces, we smoothed out any rough edges on the wire wheel and hammered flat any bends. Then the piece was rolled through the slip roller to give shape.
We decided a slightly concave end piece would give the seat some character, so we hammered the steel with a nylon mallet. To get a really tight bend, we then hammed it over a steel hammer head.
The pieces fit pretty good. Next Rob tacked the pieces in place with a few TIG welds.
The steel used was a little rusty, so before a full weld happens, the pieces will have to be cleaned up to ensure a strong weld. It’d be cool to stamp some numbers on that back end plate eventually. We’ll see what happens.
4 responses to “Cafe Seat Build”
Published - Jun 12, 2012
Someone is going to find this info useful.. I spent 4 hours today riding in shitty shitty rain, from State College (Penn State) coming back to Philly. Pretty much torrential down-poured the entire way. My 79 cb650 has velocity stacks on it which means I should not be able to ride in rain at all. […]