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  • #31
    Originally posted by Ferntj View Post
    20 ga will be strong enough, but it may sag if you don't put cross members to support the weight. You don't actually need any sheet metal if you have cross members strategically placed.
    For the top where the welder will sit I think I will just use cross members like you said, but for the bottom rack I want it to hold some things.

    Do you normally bolt the welder down?

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    • #32
      The welder ain't goin' nowhere. You won't be runnin' down the street pushin' this thing.

      For a bottom shelf, I'd use expanded metal. That way, no dust n' crap will accumulate. Throw a couple cross members in there to support the expanded metal and you can store anything that'll fit.

      Hank
      ...from the Gadget Garage
      MM 210 w/3035, BWE
      HH 210 w/DP 3035
      TA185TSW
      Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange
      Avatar courtesy of Bob Sigmon...

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      • #33
        I vote for expanded metal, too. I have made lots of shelving with #13 x 3/4 which is like 16ga...if you want to go heavier use # 9 x 3/4
        Arcin' and sparkin', Rocky D <><
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        • #34
          Originally posted by ronnielyons View Post
          Took my MM210 to a new level: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronnielyons. I really enjoy it being up to standing height.
          Now that's as fine a cart as I could imagine! I've never seen one built to hold a welder that tall before,but since my Lincoln 255 has the spoolgun control panel across the bottom you have to almost lay on the floor to see it.

          When I first looked at the machine the spoolgun wasn't on it and I didn't even see the control panel. Mine has separate gas lines to the torch and to the spoolgun so a dual bottle rack is a real plus over the single bottle factory rack(2 types of gas). Your design leaves room for the spoolgun storage so it can be left connected.

          What's under the welder? is it storage or dead space?

          I'm going to give this design some serious thought. I've been wanting to build some sort of cage to contain the welders to protect them from thieves. If it has enough mass and a lock on that side panel they can't just tote it off. I don't intend to push it around like a grocery cart anyway...just contain it and accessories,while still being able to move it around.

          So do I need to use Blue paint to contrast with my Red machine? Actually I'm partial to a hammered grey finish.

          Thanks for posting those pics.

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          • #35
            I have the frame of the cart built now, still have to put the wheels on it and do up the expanded metal.

            Question, I found just enough expanded metal laying around here at work for the job. How do I tell what size it is? And I will be welding this to the .100 wall, will this be a problem? It will be on the bottom of the tube so it has to hold all the weight.
            Last edited by DaveJeep; 01-11-2010, 01:12 PM.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by DaveJeep View Post
              I have the frame of the cart built now, still have to put the wheels on it and do up the expanded metal.

              Question, I found just enough expanded metal laying around here at work for the job. How do I tell what size it is? And I will be welding this to the .100 wall, will this be a problem? It will be on the bottom of the tube so it has to hold all the weight.
              Tack the x-mtl in the center of the x where it is thickest. It takes practice to get it just right, without burning the thin parts off.
              Click this link and you will know just as much about expanded metal as any of us here.
              http://www.mcmaster.com/#expanded-metal/=5byf09
              Arcin' and sparkin', Rocky D <><
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              • #37
                The problem is the stuff I had laying here is JUST wide enough to fit on there. It's got about 1/2" on each side of welding area. So only one side has the Xs and the other side just has the thin parts. I don't know if that will still work?

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                • #38
                  Sure it will. Just get some small washers and weld a washer onto the x-pand at the same time!

                  Hank
                  ...from the Gadget Garage
                  MM 210 w/3035, BWE
                  HH 210 w/DP 3035
                  TA185TSW
                  Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange
                  Avatar courtesy of Bob Sigmon...

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by hankj View Post
                    Sure it will. Just get some small washers and weld a washer onto the x-pand at the same time!

                    Hank
                    Can you explain it in a bit more detail? I kind of get ya but not quite.

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                    • #40
                      Dave,

                      For the side that is cut short of the cross pattern, use a small washer as a stiffener. Just lay it up there and weld it in. Tack it to the x-pand on the side away from the edge, and weld the whole thing (x-p + washer) to the edge.

                      It works!

                      Hank
                      ...from the Gadget Garage
                      MM 210 w/3035, BWE
                      HH 210 w/DP 3035
                      TA185TSW
                      Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange
                      Avatar courtesy of Bob Sigmon...

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                      • #41
                        Thanks for all the advice guys! The cart is finished and it looks pretty good. I will post pics when I get some.

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