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Old 09-22-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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After reading everything I possibly could about building a brewstand, I went ahead and bought a welder. I am looking to get the square steel now and was wondering if anyone has built a stand with 1 1/4" square tubing as opposed to the 1 1/2". I didnt find anything doing a search.

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Old 09-22-2010, 05:36 PM   #2
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sure just make sure you get thick walled like .090 or .135

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I built my first one out of 1X2 16 gauge (.065 wall). The rest I've built with 2X2 16 gauge. Haven't tried 1.25 square, but I will say square tubing is much easier to fit up than rectangle!

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There's no reason you couldn't use 1" thin wall, if you properly cross braced and supported it... Triangles are very strong - It's not necessary to use 200# of steel to make a 4' table that can hold 300 pounds...

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There's no reason you couldn't use 1" thin wall, if you properly cross braced and supported it... Triangles are very strong - It's not necessary to use 200# of steel to make a 4' table that can hold 300 pounds...
Exactly what I was thinking, a couple vertical sections and some triangulation and you will be set.
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Thanks guys. I figured that bracing was where its at. However what do you mean by triangulation? Put the supports up in an angle or something?

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Triangles are stronger than rectangles.

Something like this, to support the top.

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Also, get the thickest tubing you can afford. If you are just learning to weld, it will make your life a lot easier.

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I got a whole bunch of 16 gauge 1 inch surplus.
I used it for a lot of stuff. I was amazed at how strong it was once built and braced, having been raised to build everything out of 1/4 inch. And if I was told to go get a piece of "that thin wall stuff" they we're talking about 1/8.
Now I know that it is not needed. I dan make very sturdy things from the 16 guage 1 inch square. Too bad I ran out of it because now I could use it to build a brew stand n

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I agree - I don't know why people (used to be me) think they need heavy steel to build something strong. I made a go cart when I was a kid out of 1 1/4" steel pipe... That mofo was HEAVY! Ever look at the frame of a truck? 12Ga maybe. And that's got 3000# rolling on it!

1" thin-wall is fine when properly braced.

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