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Old 02-09-2009, 08:14 PM   #11
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I'm making mine (3 tier)out of a discarded portable basketball hoop thing. It's a big 3" post, and I cut and fishmouthed the extra length in to an upside down T. I will make some feet for it and figure out the rest as I go.

 
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:17 PM   #12
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don't be afraid of welding. I learned how to just for building my stand. I ended up finding 3 friends with welders who were al lhappy to loan and show me, and help me practice, then I built the stand myself.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:01 AM   #13
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If you cut the pieces for your stand and have it ready. Find a welding shop and take it to them if you have no access to a welder. Welding a stand of any type should only take 2 hrs or less. Less than a $100 should get it done, even if it's huge. You only need 1 1/2" by 1/8" angle. More than heavy enough. Steel is really cheap now. Welding is much better than bolting IMHO.

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:53 AM   #14
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I built my 3 tier stand from old metal bed frames. Cut them with an angle grinder, and bolted them together. I just couldn't justify the expense of a welder, and really wanted to do all the work myself.

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:59 AM   #15
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I used cut down warehouse shelving. Works great
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:48 PM   #16
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If you want to weld, or assemble something for someone else to weld, make sure you sand/grind down all the paint/rust/what-have-you to clean bare metal wherever the welds will be. Like most anything else, prep is key to getting a good result.

 
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:03 PM   #17
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Mine is 2X4's, plywood and cement backer-board. I used deck screws to fasten it all together. Electric brew kettle/HLT and a cooler MLT.
Could you post a pic or two? Or if you've posted before, a link?

(gettin ready to do similar)

 
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:15 PM   #18
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I ended up finding 3 friends with welders who were al lhappy to loan and show me, and help me practice, then I built the stand myself.

There you go. Everybody, it seems, knows someone that can weld. I have a friend that owns a machine shop. Although I know how to weld, I let him do it, since he is much better at it. We spent a Saturday at his shop, I did the cutting and he did the welding. The best part is, most (but not all) of the materials were scraps just lying around his shop that he gave me for free.
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:23 PM   #19
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The best part is, most (but not all) of the materials were scraps just lying around his shop that he gave me for free.
My tubing arrived to my work one day on a truck and on the bundle tag there was a big "N/C". It was from one of my vendors that knew what it was for (I cut steel tubing for automotive.) and you better believe that I send them more orders after that gesture.

Free material is nice.

 
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:37 PM   #20
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You should contact Cape Brewing by PM and ask how he did his. A wealth of knowledge!

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