Rookie wanna-be weldor starting to make some cool things!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kirkster70, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    This thread should be titled Magic With UniStrut.

    Nice work. :thumb
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    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks!

    Well, I have 13 years until retirement if all goes as planned, so I should be making jet planes by then. Ha Ha!

    In reality, I will have 3 in college, so retirement will probably not happen as planned since I will have to pay for the house 3 times in a row!

    Maybe I can at least buy their textbooks with some of my projects in the future. :lol3
  3. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    You made me laugh out loud!!! Ha Ha! Literally!

    - at least it's the solid strut with no holes in it!!!!!!!

    oh, by the way, I scored over 70) 16 feet long pieces of the strut, and with everything made, I think I have used up maybe 8 sticks!!!!!! I have it all tucked up under my building out of sight and out of the weather.

    I'm trying to figure out how to make some cool outdoor furniture that is actually contoured and doesn't look like doo-doo.
  4. kirkster70

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    More pics until about 4 days from now...

    I just started experimenting with some floor jacks. I figure if I can come up with a contraption in the rear that locks in different positions as it goes up, I can go higher than I need, then drop down to level to overcome the sag.

    I added support to the platform and the base, so I'm done there. There is no hesitation in the lifting process at all. It lifts the KLR as easily as it lifted my boy. It is rock solid on the jacks, so the locking contraption will solve the sag issue.

    This lift is rated at 750 lbs 3 feet away from the base, so 7 feet away lifting 500 lbs is probably all I would be willing to put on it. Just like an engine hoist, or a crane for that matter, the load capacity is reduced the farther out you go.

    Next on the to-do list : the above mentioned locking contraption, a home brewed wheel clamp on the front, and the platform with drop-down ramp.

    - just in time for my KLR's 20,000 mile oil change! Perfect!!!!

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  5. Poolside

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    Top work, Kirk!

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  6. rawdog

    rawdog Been here awhile

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    Very cool.
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    husqvarna Been here awhile

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    Excellent work with "scrap". I am also a backyard welder / tinkerer / scrap collector.

    Could you eliminate some of sag in your lift with a triangle (top upright, 45 degrees down to lifting base) tension member welded or bolted into place? Even a cable, suitably tensioned, would help.
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    To clean up the edges of plasma cut aluminum, a 'vixen' type curved tooth file works really well. Gets rid of the oxide from the plasma cutter, and leaves a bright surface. Any remaining oxide really messes up an aluminum weld.

    The curved tooth style is also available without a tang, and mounts in a holder that a cross between a plane and a hacksaw holder.

    Here's a couple of links:
    http://www.sonex604.com/vixen.html
    http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&biw=726&bih=550&tbs=isch:1&sa=1&q=vixen+file+holder
    http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&biw=726&bih=550&tbs=isch:1&sa=1&q=vixen+file

    Bottom of the page. Also in a half round.
    http://shorinternational.com/FilesAmericanHand.htm

    Small custom holder
    http://www.ch601.org/tools/vixen file.jpg

    Keep up the good work! I'm really enjoying your KLR methodology :D (meant as a compliment :lol3 )
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  9. kirkster70

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    Thanks!
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    Thank you very much!
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    Thanks!

    Yep, I've been making other people's trash treasure from a young age. It wasn't a choice back than, but it is now. It is fun, isn't it? You can come up with some interesting things with a little thought.

    The base is solid, and the sag is in the platform itself. It's sagging at the very end. I did think about a gusset to the lifting arm, but I also don't want to take any room away from working on the side of the bike. I could gusset to the existing arms, but there is no sag there, so I don't think that will make any difference. I would have to gusset to the midway point or back, and that would completely interfere with working room.

    I already have a simple solution from studying my Craftsman ATV lift. A spring loaded arm attached to both the outside left and outside right of the lift platform. Gravity may be just fine - spring loading may not even be needed. Solid round stock or similar welded in 2" increments along the L and R end of the base to catch the arm. The arm will click into various positions when raising the lift. Lift a touch higher than needed, then drop the platform a hair to level.

    I can fabricate tabs to hold the arms up when lowering the lift.

    I think it's the easiest solution and I also think it will provide a great deal of strength and safety, plus allow full access to whatever is being worked on - without creating any kind of tripping hazard.
  12. kirkster70

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    ...and taken as a compliment! KLRing is a way of life, grasshopper. :lol3

    Thanks for the links. More tools to add to the want list.

    I am currently putting my pennies together for a JD Squared hydraulic tubing bender. That will be my next major purchase.
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    Just a dumb question, why don't you turn the platform 90* on the lift, it would get the load closer to the lift. If you need to work on the other side of the bike, you can always turn it around.

    This is what I did. Granted, I started with a 2 post car lift, but the idea is the same.

    http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=64033
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    Nice thread, and nice workmanship!

    I was thinking that spinning the platform 90 degrees would be a major PITA, but after seeing yours mounted on casters, I could see how that would be much more convenient.

    I will try my idea first since I am probably less than 2 hours from fabbing that up to completion. A complete rehash may occur if my idea doesn't work as I think it should. A castered platform that can move independently of the lift is pretty slick.

    Nice XMT. I looked at those for about 6 months before deciding on two machines. How do you like it?
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    You should work on a drilling rig-- the metal that gets thrown away boggles the mind...and clutters the garage. :evil

    Great thread, by the way-- you've got me a little closer to parting with the $400 or so for a C25 cylinder.
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    I like the XMT a lot. I just got a process selector switch, to allow easy switching between Mig and Tig. Had to modify my cart to allow for the installation and I used Uni-Strut. :D

    I can't do AC Tig on my welder, if I wanted to do that, I would have to step up to a 350, so Aluminum is out on my machine, unless I got a spool gun. Unfortunately, the spoolgun to fit the XMT is almost a grand.

    I have my eye out for a nice plasma cutter, I am thinking Hypertherm 45, maybe a 30. Xmas is right around the corner. Hint for Santa. :evil
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    Good work and nice shop. Wouldn't it be nice to have a pipe bender also?Have you rigged up an exhauster? I was thinking of making one out of a bathroom fan. I work in a large shop as a Metal Fabricator, here's a larger project.
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    Gringacho Una Aventura Loca

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    It seems you have been having a lot of success and really like the 252 miller set up you have. Great work.

    Have you been using the TIG unit you purchased at all for your projects or just MIG? Have you really felt the need for the TIG?

    I'm sure with the use of TIG it would have been a lot slower going for just a hobby welder.

    I am currently shopping for a set up and hope to have something by Christmas time. I move around a lot so I'm leaning towards a used miller 135 or 140 so I don't have to worry about 240 V and just do small projects around the house.

    When I'm ready to upgrade I figure I can sell the 135 or 140 for what I have in it on craigslist.

    Again, nice job with the projects.
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    Scrap collectors unite! :D

    Thanks, man!
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    What in the heck is that exactly? Wow. I imagine the roll up door is just a touch larger? Those lifts are fun to work on. I was on a 60 footer hanging lights on a windy day one time. Talk about pucker factor!

    Yep, tubing bender is up next. Probably a model 32 hydraulic JD Squared.

    I have a 24" explosion proof shuttered fan tucked away in the building. I need to get it out and rig something up. Maybe that will be next on the list when the lift is complete.