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  • Welding Station (Okay it's a cart)

    A while back I posted my idea for a welding cart to house my MIG, TIG, and plasma cutter as well as bottles, TIG wire, etc. Well, I'm finally getting around to doing it. Had to get some more equipment first since I wanted to make it out of round tube instead of angle. I'll be updating this thread as I do more welding and wiring on it.
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    Added some supports and put in some expanded steel decking. Going to put in the caster inserts later.
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    • #3
      Had to remake the caster inserts this morning. I didn't make them big enough, something about measuring once and cutting twice. Then I cut out my back panel out of some plywood. I've got the service panel and outlets ready to go on but need to get some hardware. I also finished the TIG rod holder. Just a few finishing details to do before taking it to get Line-X covering Monday. Getting close.
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      • #4
        Man, that's looking really cool. The tubing is a real nice touch. Can't wait to see the finished product

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        • #5
          Welding and bending are done. Got the holes drilled for the casters and electrical panel and have them bolted on for now. Put the service panel on and mounted the gang boxes. Welded another vertical support on the front too. I figured with a few guns and welders on the upper shelf it might start sagging or not too sound once you started using one of them. I decided it would be better to hang everything off the front too instead of the side because it would be easier to change the spool on the MIG that way.

          Tomorrow, finish.

          (Edit: They called at 5 p.m. to tell me they were done spraying, but they were closing. So I'll finish tomorrow, maybe...)
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          Last edited by NoogaD; 01-31-2011, 06:00 PM.

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          • #6
            Nice work NoogaD, I think you're entitled to call that a welding station, it is a bit beyond a cart. Nice touch with the tubing and expanded metal. Looks carefully thought out and well executed.

            Gord

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            • #7
              The only thing I don't like about it is the wood...

              Wood is for wimps real men use metal

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              • #8
                Finished!!!

                Finally done. Picked up the station from Line-X this morning and had to drill out all the holes. Had to go to the hardware store to buy new bolts because I'm slightly retarded and didn't factor in the coating when I got the first set. Everything though is bolted on, powered, and ready to go. The only real issue I had today was removing the factory casters on the MM252. Do you guys realize how heavy that thing is? I need to get some adhesive lettering to label the Rod Tubes because I'll forget what's in which one. The bar that holds the cylinders rotates up to change out spent cylinders. I need to make the coupler fit a little tighter. I'm going to clean up the garage now though, and then have a beer or two. Or have a beer and clean up next week.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for posting final pics., one of the finest custom made carts I have seen. Nicely done.

                  Gord

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the compliments. It was a fun build. Now I have something to secure my machines. It's really easy to switch the power, no more trying to make three cords fit one plug. And the panel can be locked, so if I'm out of town or a nephew is over, I can make sure no one is going to accidentally hurt himself with a welding unit. Two secured cylinders instead of just one is a plus as is a place to put rods instead of leaning them in a corner somewhere. Probably have about $500 in it with 80' of tubing, electrical, hardware, Line-X, and casters. The plywood was scrap I already had and so was the expanded steel.

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                    • #11
                      Still got room for a 211 so you can have a unit with smaller wire,, ha

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                      • #12
                        That is real craftsmanship, you should be very proud of that work.

                        Just saw the pics of your welding station, and yes welding cart is not a name fitting to describe that unit! I really like how you were able to delete the stock running gear for the 252, Everything has a well thought out location. May it give you many years of service!

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                        • #13
                          My only disagreement is the use of wood in the junction box mounting. I avoid wood at all costs near welding machinery. However this is one of the nicest finished jobs I have seen on this board. Congrats on the completion and well done!

                          Paul

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                          • #14
                            I used the wood because it was for mounting the power supply. I figured using something non-conductive would work better for that. I didn't think of sparks, but that makes sense now that you mention it. I'm guessing the Line-X will serve as insulation and fire protection for the wood panel. Hoping anyway.

                            Thanks again.

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                            • #15
                              That is an awesome car/station NoogaD. So um... can I put in an order for one?

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