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    Default First project with my new Mig.

    This is my welding table project and the first time with the I-200
    Used 1.5 x 1.5 x .250 angle for the frame and a combination of 6x1/2 and 8x 1/2 on the top. I butted the 8 inch flats and left 1.5 in between the 6 inch slats.
    5 inch casters are from Caster city two fixed and two total lock swivel
    I am going to bolt the slats from the bottom so I can remove them for room or replacement if they warp too much
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    Nice! Is that top 1/4" or 3/8"? I'm going to build a new 4' X 6' table when I get around to it, to replace my 4' x 3" I use now. Was thinking I may make the top out of three 4' x 2' x 1/2" sections for clamping in the middle as you did.
    Very nice shop you have as well!
    Gerald

    Millermatic 251
    Spectrum 300 Plasma
    Everlast PowerTig 250EX
    Everlast PowerCool W300
    Harris / Victor OA
    Craftsman 13 Speed Drill Press
    ProTools Air/Hydraulic Bender
    48" Brake, 72" Brake, 52" Stomp Shear
    Mitler Bros. 36" High Throat Bead Roller
    Compressor, Notchers, Grinders, etc.

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    leaving a gap between the slats is a good idea, gives you a chance to make some nifty hold down clamps that can slide along to different positions. Nice build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugar View Post
    Nice! Is that top 1/4" or 3/8"? I'm going to build a new 4' X 6' table when I get around to it, to replace my 4' x 3" I use now. Was thinking I may make the top out of three 4' x 2' x 1/2" sections for clamping in the middle as you did.
    Very nice shop you have as well!
    Rug
    The slats are 6 x 1/2 with 1 1/2 spacing and the therr slats butted together are 8 x 1/2 there is a 4 inch overlap all around the edge and I will be ronding the out side corners of the end slats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram48 View Post
    Rug
    The slats are 6 x 1/2 with 1 1/2 spacing and the therr slats butted together are 8 x 1/2 there is a 4 inch overlap all around the edge and I will be ronding the out side corners of the end slats
    DUH! I guess I should have read your first post more carefully on the thickness. They just didn't look that thick on the photos.
    Gerald

    Millermatic 251
    Spectrum 300 Plasma
    Everlast PowerTig 250EX
    Everlast PowerCool W300
    Harris / Victor OA
    Craftsman 13 Speed Drill Press
    ProTools Air/Hydraulic Bender
    48" Brake, 72" Brake, 52" Stomp Shear
    Mitler Bros. 36" High Throat Bead Roller
    Compressor, Notchers, Grinders, etc.

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    Default More progress

    Here are some pictures of the end slats radiused and the blind holes drilled and topped for the clamps I am making to hold the slats to the frame.
    Tomorrow I hope to complete the brackets and start on the clamp hanger (if I can figure how I want to do it) And mounting the receiver tubing. I want to mount two so I can use it for my vice and also make a cutting table that can be stored under the bench and set up when needed.
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    The cutting table ? Have you thought of making one that is hinged off the end and swings up and locks in place, then unlocks and swings down. There is a slated grid material available that would work nicely for just such a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geezer View Post
    The cutting table ? Have you thought of making one that is hinged off the end and swings up and locks in place, then unlocks and swings down. There is a slated grid material available that would work nicely for just such a thing.
    It is called floor grating or grid at the local scrap yards. HArder to find then I thought it would be. The hinge idea is a good one but I want to have a containment chute to catch the sparks and slag Not sure I can do that with a hinged unit but will think about it. A hinged cutting area would save this old back for sure. I was also thinking of making the cutting area with 1/8 x 1 inch slats that would be removable and replaceable and set them in a square tube that would be notched to hold them I saw that someplace on the web but cant find it again.

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    Right, floor grate material, that's the stuff, spark containment for plasma only requires a shallow pan or just sliding a metal garbage can under the grate. Where there is a will, there is always a way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geezer View Post
    Right, floor grate material, that's the stuff, spark containment for plasma only requires a shallow pan or just sliding a metal garbage can under the grate. Where there is a will, there is always a way.
    True Dat G
    But the reason I got these toys in the first place is to play and man am I havin a blast
    Last edited by Ram48; 12-18-2010 at 08:52 PM.

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    Default clamp system for table slats

    Here are a few shots of what I came up with to clamp the slats to the table.
    Pic #1 is the hardware and parts I fabricated
    Pic #2 is how they go together
    Pic #3 is the clamp in place holding the slat to the table.
    I machined blind holed .400 deep in the .500 slats then drilled and bottom tapped then to take 3/8 x 16 threaded Rod cut to 1 3/4 inches, I used locktite 262 and tightened them into the slats The aluminum spacer is 1/4 inch thick to match the table frame and the clamp is made from scrap I cut up to 2.5 x 1inch plates. It seems to work well so as soon as I strip off the powder coat from the frame top (which I have to do if I want continuity of ground to the slats) I will mount the slats
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    Thats some nice clean Fab. work Ram. Your going to have a nice Fab. table when its finished.
    Gerald

    Millermatic 251
    Spectrum 300 Plasma
    Everlast PowerTig 250EX
    Everlast PowerCool W300
    Harris / Victor OA
    Craftsman 13 Speed Drill Press
    ProTools Air/Hydraulic Bender
    48" Brake, 72" Brake, 52" Stomp Shear
    Mitler Bros. 36" High Throat Bead Roller
    Compressor, Notchers, Grinders, etc.

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    Default More additions to the welding table.

    Well I am starting to understand my new Mig and my welds are finally starting to improve. There is a close up of them in the pictures so please feel free to let me know what I need to improve on The welds were on 1/4 plate to 1/4 2x2 sq. tube Settings were 21 V and 185 amp with .035 wire and 75-25 mix.

    Pic # 1 Is the receiver tube and vice plate I cut with my 50A plasma just welded up.

    Pic # 2 Is a close up of the welds on one side of the plate. Please fell free to critique them settings are listed above.

    Pic 3 # Is a shot of the clamp hanger bar I put on the other day.

    Pic # 4 A close up of the receiver tube welded to the table frame and the lock bolt setup, I will be adding a length of rod the the bolt head so I dont need to get a wrench to make changes.

    Pic 5 A another view of the table

    Pic # 6 Vice mounted and sitting in its Place of Honor in the shop.

    I still need to figure out a way to attach a cutting table with catch bin for the sparks and drops I will be making I will either hinge it or since I mounted a second receiver tube I may make a slide in arrangement. any in put on that would be great especially pictures.
    Hope you enjoy
    Ray
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    Default Table completed.

    here are a few shots of the completed table
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    looks good, I have the same vise only a bit smaller, just attached it over one of the corner legs using 3 bolts in the base, seems to work okay that way.
    Had to laugh at the way you hang your grinders, that's exactly how I hang mine. There is a lot of satisfaction on comleteing a project like that, isn't there.

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    That turned out really nice Ram.
    Gerald

    Millermatic 251
    Spectrum 300 Plasma
    Everlast PowerTig 250EX
    Everlast PowerCool W300
    Harris / Victor OA
    Craftsman 13 Speed Drill Press
    ProTools Air/Hydraulic Bender
    48" Brake, 72" Brake, 52" Stomp Shear
    Mitler Bros. 36" High Throat Bead Roller
    Compressor, Notchers, Grinders, etc.

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    That is a well thought out table Ram. Nice work.
    Mike R.
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    Default Cutting Grid insert pictures

    Here are pictures of the cutting grid I'm making. I will be adding a hopper under the grid to contain the slag and sparks.
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    Just my two cents worth! :-)
    ever think of making your cutting grate to fit into your receiver tubes ? I see you have one on each leg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D.C. Metal Designs View Post
    Just my two cents worth! :-)
    ever think of making your cutting grate to fit into your receiver tubes ? I see you have one on each leg.
    I did think of that and also about hinging it on the side where the tubes are.
    I made the grid from 14g 1x1 angle I had in scrap and it flexed quite a bit on the diagional and I could not support it from one point so I tried this idea it is pretty rigid and I can make the hopper for it easily I just finished tacking the cross slats in and it really stiffened the grate so I may revisit the receiver tube idea But If I need to cross brace it I will run into problems attaching the hopper. Any ideas you may have would be great. Even if I trash this grate I got a lot of welding practice and learned a bit more about fabrication and hoe flexible steel can be .
    R Mc

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