Building a Welder Cart.

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  1. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    A little late, since the cart is almost done, but not too late to change some things so if you see anything that needs to be reworked, I'd love to hear it!!!

    I bought my Alphatig a while ago, and am tired of it getting tripped over in the welding booth. I've had a plan in the back of my mind for a while, but now its time to execute it. Plus, I suck at welding so this'll be a good chance for me to get a little practice in.

    Choppy choppy.

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    Got angles and measurements all figured out, time to goober it all together. Gotta make sure you're in the appropriate welding attire though...

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    Thats the main frame. Obviously, the welder will sit on the angled bars. Argon tank will go between the uprights, and I'll have a drawer underneath the welder.
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  2. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Welder rests so's it'll sit in the right spot.

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    Capped the tubing. Really not all that pretty...

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    Made some aluminum side panels to cover where the drawer will be.

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    Quick test fit- looking good so far.

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  3. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Argon tank rings. Made 'em big enough that if I want I can replace my 125 cf tank with the big boy- 300 cf.

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    Installed.

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    Yeah. #isuckatwelding.

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  4. CA_Strom

    CA_Strom Cunning Linguist Supporter

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    Nice work! BTW you suck 100% less than I do at welding, so be proud of that. :lol3
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  5. rustycager

    rustycager Long timer

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    Needs more wheels. :fpalm

    Like your style though.


    I cut some parts on a similar saw earlier. Best $200 I've spent.
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  6. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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  7. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Re- the wheels... Funny you should mention that because all of the welding carts I see have TOO MANY wheels... :)

    Made this bracket to hang cords from.

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    Hooks for cords and such.

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    Telescoping handle fer movin' it around, and a tie down loop for the welder.

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    Axle welded on. Did this with the stick welder, and was really worried about burning through the thin tubing but it came out pretty good.

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  8. dorkpunch

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    And that brings us up to speed- here we are with a full on test fit. Everything seems to fit like I planned it.

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    Still to do: make a hanger for the torch, a nub for the ground clamp, and a box for the pedal. Build the drawer. Figure out where the welding rod holder will go. Build a little leg on the front at the right height- NO front wheels. Clean it all up. Paint it. Put the dang thing together.
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  9. rustycager

    rustycager Long timer

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    Strap the tank some how.
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  10. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    It will be chained at the top and bottom.
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    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    Nice work. One thought, the wheels seem to be quite close together, so I was wondering how stable it is?
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    I was about to say, compared to me DP is a welding god! :bow
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    dorkpunch Oops...

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    How about an update here...

    So I built a leg for the front of the cart.







    Hooks for hanging the torch and ground.



    Copying the chain idea to hold the tank.





    Time for paint!
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  16. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    It looks really nice! The only feedback I have is about the bottom hoop for your tank. Since you are planning on chaining the bottom of it, you might consider opening it up to a half a circle or hinging it? I have the big damn tanks on my Tig and Mig and it would be a major pain in my back to lift them up and over that hoop, full or empty. I think my Lincoln tig cart is the one that has a "tippable" bottom tray so it creates a ramp that you can edge roll the tank up on and when you get it over 50% on, it tips back level. Damn nice design feature for the big heavy bottles and much appreciated when you are older. The Miller 210 mig cart has a tray that only sits up about an inch and a half from the floor but it doesn't tip. It is always much more of a challenge for me to get the bottle up on that one.
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  17. Krazyjohnny

    Krazyjohnny Been here awhile

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    You are doing pretty good. Just slow down a bit. I am no expert, but I suffered from what looks similar. I was used to running a production MIG in "spray" mode and my home machine was not capable of that. I found slowing down and allowing the puddle to build a little was the trick. Then a consistent oscillation.

    Great project
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  18. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Yeah, I've disocvered a little forward/back motion with a little lower heat works quite a bit better likely because it slows me down.

    Paint. Barely fits in the booth.



    Came out okay for just rattle can. Now to make the thing look *good*. Relatively. Kinda.



    Aluminum side panels cleaned up and installed.



    Test fit of the tank holding system.



    Yeah, I realized that later... Wouldn't be hard to cut out the back of the loop but I made it pretty thin gauge so it would loose all of its strength if it was just a half circle. Next one maybe.

    Pretty much everything that I've got so far.



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    From this point, it's functional and I can finish the rest around it!
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  19. TeneRay

    TeneRay Just glassin'

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    Nice. I started mine a long while back and need to finish it. Needs hooks to hold all of the attachments and my hoods. I had the HF MIG cart and hated it because the wire feeder door always caught the lip of the tray. Then I picked up the TIG so I needed a cart to hold both. Figure I make my own.

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    I cut some cylinder holders for a buddy's cart.

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  20. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Working on the drawer. Got a few half decent long welds in- even trying a new technique for me where you feed the rod with your thumb. Was tricky but actually worked okay.





    It fits, but it's *tight*. Going to have to tweak it a little before it will slide nice.





    These two pieces will be the front and the shelf on top.

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