This week I’ve been in the workshop prepping all of the panels. Each panel is 65cm x 65cm x 12cm and is strengthened via a centre ‘X’ brace. At the centre of this ‘X’ is a steel lockring which will allow the panel to be fixed onto the centre pole.

Each panel is 3mm thick and they are very rigid and strong; certainly ready for a life outside in the elements!

The rest of this week will include finishing all of the panels. Next week I’ll be painting and prepping the panels and getting them finalised for the installation!

The connection, prepped for MIG welding:

Welding in action:

Grinding makes the corners nice:

A finished panel, before painting/coating: