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Old 10-13-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default Single Tier Welded Brew Stand

Hi there friends!

I started building my new brew stand yesterday and I figured I'd start a new thread to document my progress.

The design is a three-keggle, two-pump, single-tier configuration. It'll be made out of 2" 14ga square steel tube.

Here are a couple SketchUp renders. First, the frame by itself:



The frame with the banjo burners, heat shields, pumps, casters, and keggles (one of them is hidden so you can see the burner assembly):

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Old 10-13-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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OK. Time for some actual pictures from the build.

It took quite a bit of tinkering to get straight miter cuts out of my cut-off saw, but I think the results were worth the trouble:



The top ring, where the kettles sit, all cut and ready to be tack welded:



Hopefully by the end of the day today I'll have the rest of the tube cut.

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Old 10-13-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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Nice design, is that the non argon wire feed from harbor freight?

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I work in a metal fab shop and I want to build something like this. Im gonna follow your progress for ideas!

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CCBrewer: Thanks! Yep, it's the 90 amp flux core wire welder.

Brewmex41: Eek! A Pro! Just promise to be kind. This is my first time welding or doing any kind of serious metal fab work. Please let me know if you see me doing anything boneheaded!

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Done working for the day. I got the top ring welded up and made a rough pass over the (ugly) welds with the angle grinder. Did I mention I've never welded before? What fun! I also got the legs and bottom supports cut.

When measured diagonally, the frame is only 1/16" off square.

The legs resting on top of the welded top ring:



A close-up of one of the miter joints. You can see a tiny crack in the joint. I've since rewelded it and it's looking much nicer now:

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I run a sheet metal shear. I dont know how to weld... lol. I'd have to have a coworker do that for me.
Just make sure you measure everything 3 times before you cut and you'l be fine haha.

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Chamfer all of your cuts before you weld your mitered joints, and you'll get a little better penetration on those welds.

I would consider it a MUST if you are going to grind them to "pretty them up".

Looking good though!

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Stealthcruiser: I did! But maybe I didn't cut enough of a chamfer. Or I just suck at welding. Probably both!

Ultimately, I'm not as concerned about the strength of these particular welds compared to some of the others. The frame is designed to distribute the weight down through the legs. Out of principle, of course, I'd like the frame to be as strong as possible.

Any suggestions as to how I might fix this? Simply lay a new bead on top of the crack? Use the angle grinder to cut a channel along the crack first?

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Got most of the frame welded up this morning, but I ran out of wire so the rest will have to wait. Some of the welds are really ugly, a few are passable, a couple are almost nice. It's even pretty square!

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