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Old 09-07-2007, 04:54 PM
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New Chassis Table using Round Tube

Well I made my new chassis table for the shop, I originally was going to use 2 x4 stock. But Yoshi had the idea to buy the round tube HREW we can get at the foundry for .55 cents a foot to build it out of.

Great idea, lot of notching though...anyway it ended being 12' 6" x 6' 6", 21" off the ground 6x 1000lb casters. I used 2" angle iron all the way around to givbe myself a lip to clamp to.....and I used 3/4" MDF inset, so I could put two sheets of 1/8" on top of everything with a natural center to it all. I have not got my sheet yet the plasma cutters I still cutting it.....

So I will have a 7/8" thick top when covered and a 1/4" thick lip all the way around it....
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Old 09-07-2007, 06:39 PM
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Keith,

How much does your new band stage weigh
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Old 09-07-2007, 07:13 PM
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How much does your new band stage weigh
LOL now that is funny right there
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:01 PM
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Band Stage? I have a stripper pole that bolts to the center when my steel top comes in...
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:37 PM
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Again, Nice work Keith! How much did you invest in that table. Im looking into building one.
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Old 09-07-2007, 11:33 PM
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Thanks Scootek, well since I used that particular tubing HREW 1.75 x .120 that I got a killer deal at .55 cents a foot because it was underspec at .113 I have about $100 in tubing, $20 Angle , $80 in casters, $50 in MDF, and then my two sheets of 1/8" x 12'6" x 3'3" is $200....So total of $450 to $500....not to bad, at least half the price compared to if I would have used square or rectangle tubing and just a steel top...
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Well Keith Like I said on the phone it looks great, the table and the chassis.
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Old 09-16-2007, 03:37 PM
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I got the steel top in and finally had time to put it on.....Here are some pics.....
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I like the recessed fasteners. Why didn't you have it drilled/tapped on centers for jig work?
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:32 PM
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Because I am poor....and it will mostly be used for assembly, once I build the first full chassis fixture off of it....

You could not tab it anyway, it is only 1/8" thick with 3/4" of MDF under it....
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:59 AM
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I remember seeing the thing about .125" now. I wonder how much it costs to have a plate like that tapped, say every two inches?
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Sweet table you made there. I wish I had room for something like that. Someday...
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how do you level it?
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:12 PM
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Well I will have some T-Handle thread all levelers on it....but right now where it sits....side to side is 0.2 and length wise is 0.3 on being level.....

So when I had the fixtures in place for the chassis, I made them perfectly level and based all leveling off the fixtures.....
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Looks good!

Are those screws or bolts that you fastened the top down with?

I ask because I built a work bench like that once and used screws. They kept backing out for some reason, expansion and contraction of the wood vs. the metal I think.
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Old 09-22-2007, 10:57 AM
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They are bolts, I drilled through the metal and MDF and welded a 3 hole gusset to the underside in the corners of the cross tubes of the table and put a bolt on it.....
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They are bolts, I drilled through the metal and MDF and welded a 3 hole gusset to the underside in the corners of the cross tubes of the table and put a bolt on it.....
cool.

You might think about some kind of sealer for the MDF underside. If it absorbs too much moisture in time it could make that steel top a little wavy.
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:38 PM
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...particular tubing HREW 1.75 x .120 that I got a killer deal at .55 cents a foot because it was underspec at .113...
Keith, Where did you find that tubing? I have a project that I could use some "cheap" tubing...

I think that I saw a note somewhere that you got it from a local mill in the Tulsa area.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-25-2007, 06:51 PM
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Ya, its a local foundry called Webco....any foundry close to you, would probably sell there out of spec tubing...

Thats what I am building the first XRS chassis out of, to proto-type it...I just had to order 100' from emj to finish this chassis. Because Webco has not had any 1.5" for a couple of weeks....it killed me that hundred feet was $35 a stick compared to the $10 a stick at webco....

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