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Posted May 08, 2013 - 08:52 PM

I started on my stand today.

 

Here are the basic parts for it; A 1/2" plate for the base, four pieces of square tubing welded together for the post, and a 1" plate for the drill press to bolt to.

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Here is how they go together. My plan was to just take the base off of the bottom, and mount the rest on top of this/

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The 1/2" plate has been sitting outside for 30 years or so in the dirt, so it was vary rusted and it had a lot of rust flakes on it. When I tried to cut it, the flakes caused it to come out horrible! Worst cut I have ever made! So bad I am not sure if I want to post this picture.

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I can't leave that nasty cut there, so I would have to grind it off... and that is a lot of grinding! Way more then I want to think about! Plus, I would have to grind down the faces of the plate. If I had a mill, and surface grinder it would be easy. :D  I think I am just going to make something else out of square tubing.

 

In the 1" plate on the top, I had to drill 4 holes (which I used the drill press for, worked great) in it. I drilled four holes in it and they did not line up, so I welded them in, and tried again... still not even close! Then I remembered I had bought a set of transfer punches for this stuff! It has been so long since I have drilled a hole (I have been using the torch) that I forgot I had them! So, I welded the holes back in, and marked them, then tried to drill the holes. The problem, is that since I had already drilled holes, and welded them in a few times the steel had different hardnesses in different spots, this caused a bunch of problems and I think I have to cut out another plate to use!

 

I did not get very far today, the only thing I can use (without a lot more work) from these things is the post I made from the square tubing. :wallbanging:


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Posted May 08, 2013 - 09:06 PM

Ryan that is a ingenious way to do it. Did you come up with that idea on your own? or did you see a picture of one done like that?

 

I would just add some gussets to the square post were it meets the base plate. ( I love gussets :D ) And they make a huge difference!

 

Sorry to here about the plate dilemma! And we have all done jobs were we didn't want to put a photo up of it! So thumbs up for not only taking the picture but posting it for us to see. :thumbs: Plus... I have seen far worse cuts made by people that have been fabricating for years! 

 

And are you sure you don't want to just use that base plate??


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Posted May 08, 2013 - 09:16 PM

Chris, that was all my idea. I really want to use that plate, but I know grinding that much will be no quick task! I don't know yet, I will have to see how it goes. And yes, I am going to add some gussets whether I use that base plate or not.

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Posted May 08, 2013 - 09:25 PM

Just add some trim to the plate, to make it look square and even. Like 1/2" angle iron? Or something else creative.

 

I really do like the idea! Congrats :thumbs:


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Posted May 08, 2013 - 09:47 PM

Chris, I like the idea of trim! That would save me a ton of work! Although, I don't have any angle iron. :D

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Posted May 08, 2013 - 09:56 PM

What are you talking about? I see some nice green jack stands under the bench in the second picture that have plenty of angle iron to donate for a picture frame. :D :rolling:


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Posted May 08, 2013 - 10:24 PM

I would take a cold chisel to that plate first. It looks like a lot of it will just knock off. BTW I have both a floor standing press and a bench top. The bench top is on a 10' bench which makes it easy to support long pieces. Maybe just a good bench will work for you. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 09, 2013 - 05:36 AM

Ryan , next time you try burning very rusty steel try grinding the rust off a bit where your cut will be and see if that makes a difference for you


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Posted May 09, 2013 - 05:50 AM

What are you talking about? I see some nice green jack stands under the bench in the second picture that have plenty of angle iron to donate for a picture frame. :D :rolling:


Thanks for the idea... I think I will do that! I have two more stands like those that are rusted in place and the other day I knew that eventually, I woul be cutting them apart for the steel. Thanks for the reminder. :D

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Posted May 09, 2013 - 05:52 AM

I would take a cold chisel to that plate first. It looks like a lot of it will just knock off. BTW I have both a floor standing press and a bench top. The bench top is on a 10' bench which makes it easy to support long pieces. Maybe just a good bench will work for you. Good Luck, Rick


You are right, I did take off a few of the large pieces with a chisel before I cut. I did not take off a lot, only the high spots on one side so that my torch tip would not hit.
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Posted May 10, 2013 - 05:46 PM

I got the entire face of the base plate ground down! It took me an hour of non stop grinding! Still a lot of pitting on it.

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There was a nice breeze outside, so I ground it out there to keep all of the dust out of my garage, Can you tell where I had the plate sitting?

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I did not grind down the back; the angle iron I am going to be using around the outside edges overhangs 3/8 of an inch, that will keep the uneven flakes off of the floor.


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Posted May 10, 2013 - 07:27 PM

Looking good Ryan! Good luck! I had a hard time seeing where you did the grinding in the driveway :D :rolling:


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Posted May 10, 2013 - 08:28 PM

Here is the jack stand I cannibalized for the outside of the plate. I cut out three of the slanted pieces, then welded them all end and grinded the welds flush. I had 4 pieces that where each about 10 inches, I did the same with them.

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Then, after some 45 degree cuts and a bit of welding I ended up with this. Saved me a lot of grinding! And I think it looks better then it would have plane; thanks for the idea Chris! On a side note, I put this thing on the scale, 40 pounds!

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Posted May 10, 2013 - 09:16 PM

That looks much better! Great job :thumbs: And to think I was only kidding about the jack stands LOL. :D


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Posted May 11, 2013 - 12:46 AM

I made a new top plate, and welded it all together! I think it came out pretty well!

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Here are the gussets I put on the bottom; the sides of the triangles are 3 inches. It was pretty sturdy without them, but I made some and welded them on anyway. As you can see, my little MIG is no match for this 1/2" plate! You can see that the weld holding the gusset to the post came out well, but the gusset to the base has almost no fusion. After thinking about it, I should have oriented it so the weld holing the gusset to the base would be welded vertical, uphill... it would have given me a lot more heat. Oh well!

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I had a hard time getting this thing up there and bolted on by myself, the top part weights 155 pounds! But, I got it up there! Here it is in its new spot.

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I keep forgetting to ask, what are these levers on the side?

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