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#1 OFFLINE   schrödinger's cat

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Posted Aug. 09 2017 - 02:21 PM

So I live in a small place and don't have a garage, shed or basement. I keep all my tools and stuff in the closet that has the water heater and furnace, and also in my study. This has not really left me with anywhere to mount my press or my vice. I do have a pretty heavy and sturdy desk in my office though, so I decided to make a stand that connects to my desk. 

Although I'd love learn, I don't know how to weld yet and I figure that a $90 HF junk welder won't cut it. So I went to my local steel supplier and bought a 2x2 square tube cut to the height of my desk. I also bought a 1/4" plate cut to 20"x14''. My total was $42, and the guys kindly cut the plate for me with their hydraulic shears so it wouldn't take me hours to do an imperfect job with my angle grinder. This is what I was left with.

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I then went to my local welding shop and paid $50 for him to do 3 welds, the floor plate, the top plate, and a shelf to secure it to the desk. I wanted him to weld a triangular support for every plate but he said it would be unnecessary. Here is a mock-up. (the desk is not usually that messy, I promise.) Everything will be properly aligned.

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 I also bought a 80 grit sanding pad and some brake cleaner and a can of this31e042bd-9261-4c7c-8573-5f47103b3f17_100


Edited by schrödinger's cat, Aug. 10 2017 - 12:40 AM.

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Posted Aug. 09 2017 - 02:23 PM

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Posted Aug. 09 2017 - 02:45 PM

So I live in a small place and don't have a garage, shed or basement. I keep all my tools and stuff in the closet that has the water heater and furnace, and also in my study. This has not really left me with anywhere to mount my press or my vice. I do have a pretty heavy and sturdy desk in my office though, so I decided to make a stand that connects to my desk. 
Although I'd love learn, I don't know how to weld yet and I figure that a $90 HF junk welder won't cut it. So I went to my local steel supplier and bought a 2x2 square tube cut to the height of my desk. I also bought a 1/4" plate cut to 20"x14''. My total was $42, and the guys kindly cut the plate for me with their hydraulic shears so it wouldn't take me hours to do an imperfect job with my angle grinder. This is what I was left with.
 
I then went to my local welding shop and paid $50 for him to do 3 welds, the floor plate, the top plate, and a shelf to secure it to the desk. I wanted him to weld a triangular support for every plate but he said it would be unnecessary. Here is a mock-up. (the desk is not usually that messy, I promise.) Everything will be properly aligned.
 http://imgur.com/a/RXe4s
I also bought a 80 grit sanding pad and some brake cleaner and a can of this
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Posted Aug. 09 2017 - 02:52 PM

Try this only about a 12 dollar book from Amazon dcaf449281d326a089f7130c8a333b66.jpg

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Posted Aug. 09 2017 - 11:39 PM

Here it is welded and held the way I wanted it originally.

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boogered up one of the holes trying to make a wider chamfered opening

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But either way that hole is just a tiny bit off so I need to mess with it anyway.

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After spending more time than I care to think about with some files and a sanding block. Tomorrow I'll just hit the whole thing top to bottom with a wire wheel and then paint it.

One issue I didn't anticipate is that it will be difficult for me to countersink the bolts and there is not enough clearance for a bolthead between the bottom of the top plate and the desk. This is only a problem with the bolt in the back. I think I'll also remove the leg of the desk and drill some holes through the top of it and bolt it to the middle shelf.


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Posted Aug. 09 2017 - 11:43 PM

Can't get to your pics.......On imgur I click on my name and choose images....open each one then click on direct and then copy here......not sure how it works on a phone.




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Posted Aug. 09 2017 - 11:49 PM

Here it is welded and held the way I wanted it originally.
http://imgur.com/a/Ubi18
http://imgur.com/a/W7gUR
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boogered up one of the holes trying to make a wider chamfered opening
http://imgur.com/a/dTzxC
But either way that hole is just a tiny bit off so I need to mess with it anyway.
http://imgur.com/a/kN7Mt
After spending more time than I care to think about with some files and a sanding block. Tomorrow I'll just hit the whole thing top to bottom with a wire wheel and then paint it.
One issue I didn't anticipate is that it will be difficult for me to countersink the bolts and there is not enough clearance for a bolthead between the bottom of the top plate and the desk. This is only a problem with the bolt in the back. I think I'll also remove the leg of the desk and drill some holes through the top of it and bolt it to the middle shelf.

All I get is a pic of some dude and a broken TV.


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Posted Aug. 10 2017 - 12:04 AM

Hmmm, today is the first time I tried using imgur. How do you get the photo to load using the image tab ? I put in the URL and nothing happens. Let me try again.




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Posted Aug. 10 2017 - 12:06 AM

On a laptop hover over you name on the right, click images. Click on the picture you want to upload, on the right click the link marked direct. Come here and paste it into the photo link and hit ok




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Posted Aug. 10 2017 - 12:26 AM

Okay, I switched to an easier and faster interface, imgbb. Everything should work. Now let's get those pictures to show automatically.

 

 

Aha!! I am doing it in a retarded way but I got it.


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Posted Aug. 10 2017 - 06:09 AM

Pretty dang cool, Cat !

 

I love good old American ingenuity. 


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Posted Aug. 15 2017 - 02:10 PM

I just remembered I never finished posting the pictures. It's really solid and I am very pleased. The vice bolted to a removable plate that I can take on and off.

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Posted Aug. 15 2017 - 11:34 PM

Nice!


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Posted Aug. 16 2017 - 03:50 PM

Very cool SC, good work!


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Posted Aug. 16 2017 - 04:24 PM

Very nice SC, but please tell me you're not doing any damage to that beautiful desk.  :unsure:

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