I’m Anne, a homesteader, blacksmith and woodworker living in Seattle. I run the YouTube channel and Instagram page, Anne of All Trades, and I’ve partnered up with 3M on my current project to renovate and restore the blacksmithing shop on my farm. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be posting here with updates on my project and how it’s coming along.

When we bought this property 4 years ago, I just knew this space would make such an amazing place to work on my blacksmithing projects. A few farm emergencies later, it became a chicken coop for a short while. The building fell further into disrepair and I’ve not had the chance to tackle fixing it until now.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been using the 3M Industrial Community as a way to find information and tips on how to restore this workshop. I’ve also been chatting with 3M engineers, who suggested I use 3MTM VHBTM Tape to “fabricate” some no-weld window frames. It’s a fantastic way to attach the acrylic window panes to the metal frames, and a great way to attach the steel-to-steel components with a bond as strong, if not stronger than, welding.

Before I get started, I have a few questions about the application of the tape:

  1. I have made some window frames by notching out 45-degree angles in steel with an angle grinder and cutoff disc. I then bent the steel into a square frame shape. See picture below. How best should I prepare the steel for tape lamination? Should I sand it at all or just wash it?
  2. What is the best way to apply the tape to the steel to ensure proper adhesion?
  3. Once the tape is applied, are there any final steps or considerations before using the windows?