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  • Some of what I do... finally.

    I've received so much advice from this forum that I felt I should post some pics at some point. Here are a few pics of completed projects. Welding has an important role in our work, but our projects are usually more about bringing together different materials to complete the big picture. Quite often the projects do not involve any welding at all; sometimes it feels like a production line. Since I enjoy welding, this is a good thing.
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    Maxstar 200DX
    Maxstar 300DX
    Dynasty 200DX
    Passport
    Spectrum 701
    LMSW-52 spot welder

  • #2
    impressive Chris. My compliments on your shops (and yours') ability.

    Where are you located?
    Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

    Miller 251/30A spool
    Syncro200
    Spectrum 625
    O/A
    Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
    Standard modern lathe
    Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
    horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
    Roland XC540 PRO III
    54" laminator
    hammer and screwdriver (most used)
    little dog
    pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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    • #3
      Nice all around work, what is your main line of work?
      Tim Beeker,
      T-N-J Industries
      (my side bussiness)

      Miller Synchrowave 350LX with tigrunner
      Esab 450i with wire feeder
      HH135 mig
      Thermal Dynamics cutmaster 51 plasma cutter
      Miller aircrafter 330 - sold
      Marathon 315mm coldsaw
      vertical and horizontal band saws
      table saw
      Dewalt cut off saw
      Sand blast cabinet
      lots of hand grinders
      Harris torch
      beer fridge

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      • #4
        sweet light fixture

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        • #5
          Nice work, The light fixture is a work of art

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SignWave View Post
            impressive Chris. My compliments on your shops (and yours') ability.

            Where are you located?
            Thanks a lot. I'm in San Diego. Weather is nice enough here year-round for an indoor/outdoor shop.
            Maxstar 200DX
            Maxstar 300DX
            Dynasty 200DX
            Passport
            Spectrum 701
            LMSW-52 spot welder

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tnjind View Post
              Nice all around work, what is your main line of work?
              Thanks, man.

              You know, I'm still trying to find that "main line" of work to simplify things.
              It seems as though everytime the phone rings we have to reinvent and try something new. Most of the work tends to be through architects or designers looking for custom items for a new commercial space, i.e. hotel, restaurant, corporate office, sometimesresidences, etc. The last few years have seen a lot of stainless, as it is a popular material... stainless railings, fixtures, furniture. I like to make furniture, but one can starve making furniture by hand, one piece at a time, for a living.
              The good thing is that we're always facing a new challenge...
              The bad thing is that we're always facing a new challenge.

              We integrate a lot of different materials- wood, metals, glass, plastics, composites, lights, blah blah blah. There's a lot to consider, which is why I really like the straight up metal jobs that I can do with a 35 pound blue box and a disk sander. Then I wonder what I'm doing with the rest of the machinery.

              Thanks again for the compliment.
              Maxstar 200DX
              Maxstar 300DX
              Dynasty 200DX
              Passport
              Spectrum 701
              LMSW-52 spot welder

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hytekredneck View Post
                sweet light fixture
                Thanks dude.
                Maxstar 200DX
                Maxstar 300DX
                Dynasty 200DX
                Passport
                Spectrum 701
                LMSW-52 spot welder

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BDJ View Post
                  Nice work, The light fixture is a work of art
                  Thanks a lot, man.

                  Myself, a buddy, and my father busted that out from a napkin drawing and the contractor's "layout" of the bar on the concrete.
                  The radii were asymetrical and were anything but "radii". We had to plot out the coordinates from the site, then transfer those to the shop. It ended up being about 20 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 10 feet tall. I got really scared when we had to shoehorn it thought the front door of the restaurant.
                  It was a tight fit, even though we made it in two halves. This was one of those projects that really came together, and once we got it inside, we hit all of our anchor marks right on the money. Planning, planning, and more planning.

                  If anyone cares, I can post a few pics of the process.
                  Maxstar 200DX
                  Maxstar 300DX
                  Dynasty 200DX
                  Passport
                  Spectrum 701
                  LMSW-52 spot welder

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                  • #10
                    pics of the process

                    Originally posted by chris***@sbcglo View Post
                    Thanks a lot, man.

                    Myself, a buddy, and my father busted that out from a napkin drawing and the contractor's "layout" of the bar on the concrete.
                    The radii were asymetrical and were anything but "radii". We had to plot out the coordinates from the site, then transfer those to the shop. It ended up being about 20 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 10 feet tall. I got really scared when we had to shoehorn it thought the front door of the restaurant.
                    It was a tight fit, even though we made it in two halves. This was one of those projects that really came together, and once we got it inside, we hit all of our anchor marks right on the money. Planning, planning, and more planning.

                    If anyone cares, I can post a few pics of the process.
                    Aww heck, I'll just post a few anyways; I'm nursing a bad back, so I've got some time on my hands.

                    1. Checked out the job and the site... you want what-where??!?
                    2. Let's make it out of 1x1x.063 wall steel tubing. Slim and light. Better make some dies to get the shape.
                    3. You mean it has to be flat, straight, true, level, etc???
                    4. Working out the shape.
                    5. Detail of the nose.
                    Attached Files
                    Maxstar 200DX
                    Maxstar 300DX
                    Dynasty 200DX
                    Passport
                    Spectrum 701
                    LMSW-52 spot welder

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                    • #11
                      more process

                      1. The welding machines we used were: a Passport for the frame, and a Maxstar 200DX for the stainless rod around the bar shelf. Small welders... big light.

                      I had just purchased the Passport, and this was a great job for it. Its small footprint really shined as we could place it anywhere we wanted while we climbed all over this birdcage. Overall I've been very pleased with this machine and it has become the "go-to" MIG unit around here. I do have a few minor gripes about it, but it's a pretty "mad-tight" little welding machine.

                      2. through 5.: frame coming together, including the "ribs."
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                      Last edited by chrisgay@sbcglo; 04-15-2008, 04:45 PM.
                      Maxstar 200DX
                      Maxstar 300DX
                      Dynasty 200DX
                      Passport
                      Spectrum 701
                      LMSW-52 spot welder

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                      • #12
                        1. Backtracking a litte in my time-line, JC is checking that all three layers will match up. It took a lot of pushing and pulling to get the shape to match the layout at the job site.

                        2. Templates for the shelves, which were fabricated from 1" thick cast resin panels. These were heavy as all heck, and we cut them on a 30" bandsaw.

                        3. Things can get messy when you're chasing down a deadline.

                        4. Loaded.

                        5. I love it when a plan comes together.


                        Thanks for looking.
                        Attached Files
                        Maxstar 200DX
                        Maxstar 300DX
                        Dynasty 200DX
                        Passport
                        Spectrum 701
                        LMSW-52 spot welder

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                        • #13
                          Dang, man,

                          You are a different caliber then I am.

                          Very well executed.
                          Dang good job all around,
                          Nice to be able to work with tour friends and your father, I know, great.

                          Again, good job.
                          Tim Beeker,
                          T-N-J Industries
                          (my side bussiness)

                          Miller Synchrowave 350LX with tigrunner
                          Esab 450i with wire feeder
                          HH135 mig
                          Thermal Dynamics cutmaster 51 plasma cutter
                          Miller aircrafter 330 - sold
                          Marathon 315mm coldsaw
                          vertical and horizontal band saws
                          table saw
                          Dewalt cut off saw
                          Sand blast cabinet
                          lots of hand grinders
                          Harris torch
                          beer fridge

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tnjind View Post
                            Dang, man,

                            You are a different caliber then I am.

                            I'ts probably safe to say that I'm just... different than you are.

                            Very well executed.
                            Dang good job all around,

                            Thanks again. Been at it for a while.

                            Nice to be able to work with tour friends and your father, I know, great.
                            Can't beat it. I feel privileged. Dad's an old-school race car guy, so when he comes by I try to pretend I know what I'm doing. Plus he's probably shown me one or two tricks now and again.
                            Maxstar 200DX
                            Maxstar 300DX
                            Dynasty 200DX
                            Passport
                            Spectrum 701
                            LMSW-52 spot welder

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                            • #15
                              tnjind

                              Hey tnjind,

                              What kinds of things are you welding up in Indiana?
                              Maxstar 200DX
                              Maxstar 300DX
                              Dynasty 200DX
                              Passport
                              Spectrum 701
                              LMSW-52 spot welder

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