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  • #16
    Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    I have a 3/8" Table
    A HF anvil- I'm not a Blacksmith but when I need sumptin' bent, flat, ponded on etc etc it works just fine.
    The Dollys for shaping sheet metal too.

    Come on over and try em' out anytime.

    For all the folks that say No to a HF Anvil- Jack has a 1/8" Table- How the fork he gonna pond on that table?

    and what spend $$$$ on a Real Anvil for the few times you just need a Solid surface to pound on?
    Eddie, that real anvil is still setting in the corner of the shop waiting for you to drive your lazy Kailifornian arse out here to get it...
    Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
    Miller DialArc 250
    Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
    Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
    Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
    Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
    South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
    Logan 7" shaper
    Ellis 3000 band saw
    Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
    Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
    3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
    Lots of dust bunnies
    Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
      This may sound like a dumb question, but exactly what are you gearing up to be pounding on???
      911 Body panels?


      Sorry Jack too easy. I am also a track rat.

      I have a heavy rolling bench/cabinet with a vice mounted. It has a stainless top with a removable 1/4" thick rubber cover. Most of my metal work is ether on cars via MIG or bench top TIG. I have a steel plate that I set on some wood corner blocks when welding on the bench. I also do a lot of welding with the work held in the vice. I would not mount a vice to a wall myself. Last thing you need is wobble or flex/vibration in a vice mount. Try and file some metal and the vice will move/vibrate/chatter in the recever and drive you nuts. I will post some pix of my setup later.
      Weekend wannab racer with some welders.

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      • #18
        im not saying every thing in HF is trash, just check it out first.
        thanks for the help
        ......or..........
        hope i helped
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        feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Vicegrip View Post
          911 Body panels?


          Sorry Jack too easy. I am also a track rat.

          I have a heavy rolling bench/cabinet with a vice mounted. It has a stainless top with a removable 1/4" thick rubber cover. Most of my metal work is ether on cars via MIG or bench top TIG. I have a steel plate that I set on some wood corner blocks when welding on the bench. I also do a lot of welding with the work held in the vice. I would not mount a vice to a wall myself. Last thing you need is wobble or flex/vibration in a vice mount. Try and file some metal and the vice will move/vibrate/chatter in the recever and drive you nuts. I will post some pix of my setup later.
          I can't pound my car's panels, though -- they're all fiberglass. (Got to stay light.)

          Please do post your pictures. I've also got a very heavy main bench I use that I can pound with a 5-pound hammer all day on.

          Like I say, I'll have to see what it is exactly that I want to pound, down the line.
          Last edited by Jack Olsen; 04-09-2009, 06:38 PM.
          Jack Olsen
          The Garage (And its slideshow)
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          • #20
            Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
            I have a 3/8" Table
            A HF anvil- I'm not a Blacksmith but when I need sumptin' bent, flat, ponded on etc etc it works just fine.
            Roy,
            Why would Ed need your "real anvil"? He has a H.F. anvil that works just fine.
            Nick

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            • #21
              Well I had a little time yesterday, so I fired up the Mig and made my first welds. The bad news is that I'm pretty terrible, so far. The good news is that I can keep practicing until I get better. This is a first stab at a lightweight welding table. The top is 3/16" thick, 22"x40". It's going to be 37" high when it's done, the same height as my other workbenches.

              I still need to do something for the feet -- maybe threaded feet to correct for uneven surfaces. If I can find some with felt on the bottom, it will slide on my tile floor and I won't also need casters. I also plan on adding some sort of stuff underneath for holding clamps and grinders for while I'm using it.





              You only get to do this for the first time once:

              Jack Olsen
              The Garage (And its slideshow)
              The Car (And its slideshow)

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              • #22
                Well I had a little time yesterday, so I fired up the Mig and made my first welds. The bad news is that I'm pretty terrible, so far. The good news is that I can keep practicing until I get better. This is a first stab at a lightweight welding table. The top is 3/16" thick, 22"x40". It's going to be 37" high when it's done, the same height as my other workbenches.

                I still need to do something for the feet -- maybe threaded feet to correct for uneven surfaces. If I can find some with felt on the bottom, it will slide on my tile floor and I won't also need casters. I also plan on adding some sort of stuff underneath for holding clamps and grinders for while I'm using it.





                You only get to do this for the first time once:

                Jack Olsen
                The Garage (And its slideshow)
                The Car (And its slideshow)

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                • #23
                  This garage looked familiar and now I remember. Jack has a thread about it on the Garage Journal forum. More pictures over there of his sweet garage, Porsche and outdoor storage. He has inspired me to do some building outside as well to clean up my man cave....

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                  • #24
                    All right. I made some progress this weekend.

                    Here's the small welding table, buried under a couple of saws. I added rubber feet and a couple of pieces of flat stock to hold grinders.

                    I put it in the space where my drill press used to go.



                    For the fence project I want to do, I still want a bigger surface. So my plan is still to make a fold-down table.

                    First I made some legs out of 2" square tubing, and welded a nut to a big washer (I ground off all the zinc first), and welded it inside the tube so I could have adjustable feet.


                    My welds are still amateur and ugly, but I'm getting practice.

                    Since it's framed with 2"x2"x.25" angle stock, the table is pretty stout. I don't think I'll need more support than is already there. But if I do, I can always add it in. The legs support the top piece, and are connected with strap hinges. I welded on a pair of Harbor Freight 150# magnets so the legs would snap into position as the table was lowered.

                    Jack Olsen
                    The Garage (And its slideshow)
                    The Car (And its slideshow)

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                    • #25
                      I used steel pieces to attach a dual trailer hitch receiver to the wall studs. It's pretty sturdy.



                      I'm also adding a pair of dual receivers to my other work bench. I have a vise, an anvil and a grinder, and I want to be able to move them around.

                      For slag and hot metal, I covered the wood walls with sheet aluminum.


                      Here's the vise in the receiver. I added a holder for a 32-oz hammer. I also had some extra tensioning bolts from a parts order for my drill press, so I welded in some more nuts and each of the three receivers got an easy-to-tighten bolt.



                      The red handle pivots so you can tighten or loosen it.



                      I had some second thoughts once I started drilling holes in the anvil, but it's a cheap Harbor Freight model.
                      Jack Olsen
                      The Garage (And its slideshow)
                      The Car (And its slideshow)

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                      • #26
                        I painted all the aluminum and also the back of the table. Now my woodworking fold-down table and my metal-working fold-down table look (almost) like a matched set.



                        I mounted the drill press on the right side of my regular work bench. You can see the vise in front of it, which is also attached with a dual hitch receiver. (The 8" grinder is on the left side. But they can all be switched around.)



                        The bench folds down, and I put a set of C-clamps and vise grip clamps on the wall behind it. They'll get a little metal dust and maybe some slag on them, but they won't catch fire.



                        Here's a closer look. In this picture, the grinder was mounted to the hitch receiver.

                        Jack Olsen
                        The Garage (And its slideshow)
                        The Car (And its slideshow)

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                        • #27
                          The last thing I need to do is to strip the old paint off the top and front of the fold-down table. I'll try to get to that later in the week. I kind of took a shot in the dark as to what clamps I'll need. (It was another trip to Harbor Freight.)



                          The nice part is that I don't have to see much of anything when the table isn't in use.

                          Jack Olsen
                          The Garage (And its slideshow)
                          The Car (And its slideshow)

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                          • #28
                            OK some one has to say it, that shop is just to clean and organized!!! no one is going to believe you do any work in it. its all for show isn't it.

                            looks great, wish i could get mine any where near as clean and organized.
                            cool projects, great new additions to the shop. i bet you will get lots of use out of them.
                            thanks for the help
                            ......or..........
                            hope i helped
                            sigpic
                            feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                            summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                            JAMES

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                            • #29
                              It's only that clean when I'm not using it. With a place this small though, you really need to go through it when you're done -- blow out the dust and get it cleaned up -- or it's going to end up being too messy to be useable.

                              But during a project (like building this table), it gets very messy:

                              Last edited by Jack Olsen; 05-11-2009, 01:04 PM.
                              Jack Olsen
                              The Garage (And its slideshow)
                              The Car (And its slideshow)

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                              • #30
                                Thanks for the ideas. That reese rec. in the wall has given me some ideas for my shop. Very cool idea.

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