that didn't end up being that quick.
this piece had some obvious weld pitting.
A little grinding uncovered
some serious rust penetration,
water had wicked behind the weld seam.
One reason to not grind a weld down too far,
even if it makes it prettier.
but the owner wanted to try re-welding.
The stainless had weakened so badly,
the heat literally ruptured the plate.
Not a good sign.
cut out of fat 316 1/2" plate.
but instead of a weak fillet weld,
a slot was cut like a Japanese joint.
not the prettiest but dang strong.
Much faster than you'd think.
Who needs anything else!?
a full 308 stick only made it 2/3 the way.
A relief when a bolt-on is a real bolt-on.