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02-02-2004, 08:33 PM
Well, so far so good!!..... :D
My steel welding cart, almost finished! Tig welded steel and pretty much bombproof! LOL! :o
I'm getting there, just have to fit up the shelving, argon bottle brackets, add castors, a handle on the front and a paintjob!
.....and yes, part of my snowblower did make the photo!
02-02-2004, 08:58 PM
Nice cart, don't forget to provide a clamping system for the cylinder. What is a snow blower? :D :D :D
02-02-2004, 09:40 PM
snowblower!?...........man!.....some guys have all the fun! not to mention the snow showing out the open garage door!! oh yeah.....the cart does look good. how about a pic when it's done and all loaded up. :wink:
02-03-2004, 09:09 AM
Ha ha ha!!! Very funny!! Yes I live in a winter-wonder-hell! We've been hit with some really crappy temps here in PA. I think we're going to get some more snow later this week! AHHHGGGHH! :evil:
As to the cart,..thanks guys! eah, I'm going to probably cut a half circle in a piece of 2"x5"x 12" piece of angle iron I picked up from my local scrap yard. It will make a really nice and stable fitting for the argon bottle as I'll be using a full sized one on this cart. I'm also going to plate the floor of the argon bottle area and weld a 1"x10"x1/4" ring or half ring of metal stock to the base where the end of the argon bottle will sit to give it a lip to sit inside,...furthur securing it. Then I'll simply take a length of chain, weld one end to the upper argon holder bracket made of angle iron, and then fabricate up a little nub with a notch in it so to wrap the chain aroudn the argon bottle and slip the other side into that notch in the metal nub I'll weld on.
I'll get some pics up when its finished. I wanted to take pics as I welded it up, but kept forgetting tha camera every time I went to a friend's to weld it up. I havea welder but still have to run my wiring out to my garage from my house,...just haven't been able to with all the snow and ice,....but after most of it melts (and I get some extra money!!) I told my father (who thinks I'm nuts when he heard this) I'm going to simply start digging up the ground SOON by softening it up with buckets of hot to boiling water as I go. YES, I DO want that welder operational ASAP!!!! :D The only thing holding me back right now is my lack of cash and some snow,...... :(
02-03-2004, 07:15 PM
here's a pic. of my tank holders made out of pipe. just an idea for your cart. http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/500/669johnny_s_pics_008-med.jpg?4762
02-04-2004, 04:34 AM
hey Uncle J..........solid mounted works great.....especially when on wheels. the bottle(s) don't swing around and clang.
..and Jason....we get a little snow and it melts....then it freezes....and then it snows...then it melts.....etc,etc...... :( . and it makes this........super mud. it gets to where you can't even walk in your yard. when you step on grass...even.....it looks like choc. pudding squeezing out through the grass!!!! hey..i'll trade any day. if you were here....heck...you could probly wire your shop by laying out your wire and going back and poking it in the ground with a broom handle :shock:.
...anyway.....good luck with that :wink:
02-04-2004, 12:55 PM
Uncle J....nice idea on the clamps for the bottles! Now what is that, a cut section of pipe withe both ends bent out to make the tabs where the bolts go though?? (or did I miss something??)
Good idea for the solid mount, I think I may go that route.....
Ok, yeah,...that much mud sure does suck! though I wouldn't mind a day or two of nice soft muddy ground so I can get to wiring!!!
Sooooo,... if we could work out a trade with God,...LOL!!!
02-04-2004, 07:54 PM
thats what it is a piece of pipe cut and bent with bolts.
but mine came from work(they donated it), use them all the time with pipe. :D johnny
02-13-2004, 05:32 PM
Well I finally got some time to weld on a few more items,..weels, argon bottle bracket, etc. Now I have to do a few other little things, little stuff like rod holders and loops on the sides for the welding leads and then i'll set out to painting it. I wear if my wife had her way I'd come out to the garage and find it painted Pepto-Bismol PINK!! :shock: :oops:
So here it is,...more to come!
The only thing I "MIGHT" change as my wife kept pointing out, is that it is a little tall. That is to say that the top shelf stands roughly 45" tall, from floor to top,but then again, it does put my welder at highth where I'd just turn around to it and adjust the heat, etc. if needed. Of course the drawback would be if I was sitting down, then I'd be reaching up....The only option would be to simply cut the legs, take out about 5-6 inches, and then weld it back together, blending the welds to make the modification vanish. What do you guys think??
02-13-2004, 07:00 PM
This was just a quick thought that came to me. You could make the top shelf adjustable to suite your needs. Just use some larger square tubing to fit over the tubing that you have.
Just thinking out loud.
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