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Old 07-11-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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I'm in the process of welding up a 3 tier, vertical brew stand. I was originally planning on making the base 40" x 28". The drawing below is to scale and the circles are keggles.



I laid out my steel tubing and I didn't like how big the footprint of this design is. I'm thinking of changing the dimensions to 40" x 15" like the drawing below.



Will this be stable enough? I plan on welding casters to the bottom.



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With the limited info you have provided, I would guess no. Mine is narrow like your second drawing but is also bolted to the wall. The higher you put weight the more stable the base needs to be. Maybe make a narrow stand with retractable supports?

Edit: I see the third drawing now and I think it would be stable left and right. Front to back may be another matter depending on weight distribution. I still say outriggers

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Maybe make a narrow stand with retractable supports?
I agree - you'll need some sort of side bracing, which could be retractable if the storage footprint is your main size constraint.
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I agree - you'll need some sort of side bracing, which could be retractable if the storage footprint is your main size constraint.
What do you think would be the minimum width that I could go with without using side supports?
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What do you think would be the minimum width that I could go with without using side supports?
Not completely sure. Is bracing not an easy option for you, space wise? It's a tradeoff: footprint versus stability/safety.
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What do you think would be the minimum width that I could go with without using side supports?
You sound like an engineer Apply some real numbers and your statics and dynamics knowledge and you're done. Or just experiment until it works to your satisfaction...like Edison
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Not completely sure. Is bracing not an easy option for you, space wise? It's a tradeoff: footprint versus stability/safety.
I'm not sure how I would incorporate bracing with the use of casters.
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You sound like an engineer Apply some real numbers and your statics and dynamics knowledge and you're done.
I am, aye An electrical engineer rather than a mechanical one, though, so I can't readily crunch stability numbers. But my judgment is to definitely brace.
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I'm not sure how I would incorporate bracing with the use of casters.
You could have triangular braces which you could affix to the sides when you're brewing. These could also have castors and could be removed when you're done brewing, if you need to reduce the footprint for storage.


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