garage pics

Discussion in 'Photos' started by W4lnutz, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Agree 1/4 is more than enough for welding and basic top. If I was going to do the whole top I’d do it in 1/4. Can’t afford to do that. Don’t like the feel, feedback, or sound of smaller 1/4” sections when having to pound something out. Not making the whole top metal. Only a work area. Was going to settle for 1/2, but the plywood top will be 3/4 and wanted the metal to match the height. Doesn’t need to, but would be nice. I used a 3/4” top bench for years pounding out large brass outboard props, straightening flat stock and rods and love the feel of it. Absolutely no give and deadens the sound. To get it done I’m going to throw a finished plywood top on until I can decide how much metal. I’m leaning on two 2x2 3/4” sections welded to the frame equally offset from each end to help balance the bench.
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  2. old scoot

    old scoot Been here awhile

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    Well ya gotta do what makes ya happy. I have done a lot of pounding and grinding and welding on my tops and have never dented or bent one at all, not sure you could with a sledge hammer. Steel has gotten expensive !
  3. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    No kidding... couple that with your testimony and I might cave in and end up going with a 1/4” 3x3.
  4. 2old2Bbold

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    You can always space it up so as to be level with the plywood surface ???
  5. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Yup, it’s an easy adjustment whatever thickness I go with.
  6. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Been here awhile

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    Finished up my little 12x20 moto shack. Little slice of paradise so to speak. First house, bought in June, and fixed up with mostly found, second hand and donated materials. Windows from the dump, wood gym floor from an insurance claim (was destined for the trash!), wiring mostly leftover from my dads shop build, etc. Insulated and heated all winter. Currently fixing up an ‘82 xl125 for my wife, and building a ‘77 xt500 for me.

    Before: (cables in photo were used to pull the sagging building straight before sheeting. It was leaning about 3” to the side, 2” back, and bowed 3”)

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  7. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    It looks like a happy place, and gym floor looks amazing! Great idea!
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  9. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    I love it. Especially the repurposing of all the materials. That floor wood is quality and super hard.
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  10. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Been here awhile

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    Thanks! The floor is 3/4” oak, stapled to 1” of plywood, with 3/4” rigid foam underneath, sitting on a series of shims to level it over the old concrete pad. It’s very solid. Total cost for the project was under 3k all in
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  11. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    I built a nice welding bench from a sheet of 1/2 inch steel plate 2'x4'. I laid the sheet on the floor and built the legs and frame on top of the sheet then had some help to stand it up. The nice thing about 1/2 inch plate is you can drill and tap holes for things like vices and hold downs, as well as pounding and clamping things to the top without damage to the top.
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    elBeardo Get busy living

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  13. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Love the dart board. I have one and thought about hanging it up. I can see myself grabbing a dart and throwing it 100mph pissed off when a bolt snaps off or strips out. Good therapy board for the garage
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  14. oldfuddy

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    Bench on hold... bricks showed up yesterday.... month late as the first set was the wrong color.

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  15. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Weather not cooperating... bricks now on hold... started on bench...

    Started stripping 50-60 yrs of paint and surface rust off

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    Sanded oak 3/4” plywood and stained red oak.

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    Primed and painted 3 coats of antique silver...

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    Put plywood on....

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    Had two harbor freight toolboxes I won’t have room for so decided to repurpose them and tore them apart...

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    Then built a nice rolling cart with the spare parts....

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    Still need to put the metal plate on top left side and vise.

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    GT approves....

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  16. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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    Very nice.
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  17. old scoot

    old scoot Been here awhile

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    Yes, very nicely done.
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  18. Air Force Vet

    Air Force Vet Been here awhile

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    Finally got some cabinets and new work top installed. Pretty happy with it so far.
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  19. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Very nice and functional. Thanks for your service too. Did 26yrs active AF as well.
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    Air Force Vet Been here awhile

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    Thanks and thank you for your service as well!
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