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Old 12-07-2012, 05:09 AM   #1
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Much credit to JonW as my plans are heavily based on his brew stand!

I'll be posting pictures as I go along and try to describe any issues I run into and how I resolve them.

Plans are below (designed in SketchUp Free) .I am using 14 guage 1 1/2" steel tube. I just started tacking the top together, I'll post a picture of that next. This is my first welding project.

Welder: Nothern Tool Flux Core Welder, I bought it at $130, which was the cheapest I had ever seen it go, it is even cheaper now at $120! This welder isn't a high quality name brand welder, but it has tons of positive reviews. If you are patient you can wait until they have reconditioned ones available, they were selling for $99 before.


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Old 12-07-2012, 05:10 AM   #2
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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Good luck! Get your welds nice and don't bother grinding them... welds are sexy.
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Good luck! Get your welds nice and don't bother grinding them... welds are sexy.
Hah... I think i need a little more time behind a welder to make sexy welds...
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Default Welding the outside of the frame top

I've got the outside of the top of the frame tacked together on one side here. Because my garage floor is uneven, i did the best I could by weighing down the end I was working on (otherwise it the end of the long tubes would lift off the ground and wouldn't be even with the short piece)

I put the inside pieces in just to ensure fit.
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After adjusting for squareness (by measuring diagonally each way and tapping the corner on the floor as needed until they were even), i flipped the top over and prepared to tack the other side of the top. I found a small problem though, the welding pulled the tubes a little bit so there are gaps on the bottom. I ran to home depot to buy some bar clamps to help square it back up before tacking the other side.
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After all corners were tacked, I checked for squareness again and adjusted as necessarily. Once square, I tacked the outside corners to lock it in place, and proceeded to weld the seams. For the inside 90 degree seams, I propped it up roughly at a 45 degree angle to ensure an even weld pool, using the bar clamp and my bike stand. It as also convenient to weld the outside welds at this time too (it was too tall to weld those with the stand straight up on end!)
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After the outside of the top was finished, I began work on the inside crossbars. I propped it up on some cinder blocks to give some room for some clamps. I used some extra steel and some of the tube steel with the clamps to help ensure the cross bars are flush. Used a rubber mallet to tap them into place once clamped to get the measurements exact.
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Three Tier... that word does not mean what you think it means.

good looking single tier build!
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Three Tier... that word does not mean what you think it means.

good looking single tier build!
I know, I was thinking three burner and single tier and that's what came out! And my mistake is permanent, so the only solution is to build an actual 3-tier stand... I better get started!


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