WORKING WITH STEEL PIPE: How to Make Curved Ends for Railings & Frames

Black iron pipe is a great material for making railings, roll cages, frames and more, the trick is getting the ends to fit well with the sides of neighbouring pipes. Sometimes also called Schedule 40 pipe, and available as galvanized versions, the ability to make curved ends notched so they fit tightly with other pipes is key. The video below  shows a simple tool called a tubing notcher in action. It can be used on all kinds of steel pipe plus thinner-wall stuff called “steel tubing”.

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This video is one of dozens that are part of my instructor-led course, MIG Welding for Beginners. I think you’ll be surprised when you see this tool in action. Small, simple, inexpensive but effective, it takes less than a minute to create a perfect curved end. I’ve notched the end of dozens of pieces of pipe with this thing.

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