The family always struggles with what to get my father in-law for Christmas, and since I got my Artillian frame and have used the grapple and the forks he has mentioned how useful they would be to him to gather firewood and move brush around his place.
I had thought of trying to find a used set somewhere but they are very hard to come by, so I settled on building a frame and just buying some forks used locally. Out to the barn I went to dig thru the steel stock and setup the saw, grinder and the Miller MVP 211. Despite having various tube, angle and plate stock I did need to source some specific pieces-namely the 1/4” 1.5x3” box tubing for the main top and bottom pieces of the frame. This was easily and inexpensively done at a local steel supplier/fabricator from their drop pile for ~$20 and the JD top hooks and pins that I discovered in another thread here, though those pre made pieces were a bit more $.
Thus began the cutting, grinding, fitting and welding-
I cut the rectangle tube in half at about 46” and boxed the ends with 1/4” plate plasma cut, then cut more 1/4” plate for the top hook and mounting pins and used angle iron to back up and stiffen it on top and bottom of the box tubing. The bottom is “shimmed out” to improve the resting angle with 3/4” square tube.