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mikenash

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Re: Welder
« Reply #30 on: August 28, 2019, 09:59:39 PM »
HI Bruce

I'm forever tacking something to the top and then just cleaning it up later

Purists will say it makes a bit of a mess of the surface and it does - still works fine

Besides - mid-job - he whole area is a disgraceful mess :(

I have lots of C Clamps too.  An important feature of the table is the overhangs - two or three inches out past the frame - which allows flexible use of the C-clamps

Cheers

BruceM

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Re: Welder
« Reply #31 on: August 28, 2019, 10:13:31 PM »
SImple and effective- I like it!   Just wondering-  how did you cut the tubes to fit tubular legs?
I see a very clean and tight fitting joint there! 

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Re: Welder
« Reply #32 on: August 28, 2019, 10:41:15 PM »
Hi Bruce.

Thereís a couple of options: 

The rough & easy one is to smack the ends of the pipe flat so that instead of being a 2Ē circle itís sort of a 3Ē X  1/2Ē flattened ovoid.  Then itís easy to weld at a rightangle

The other option is to cut pipe to length - not inside-to-inside but a couple inches longer & then hold a bit of scrap pipe perpendicularly against the edge & just copy thecurve with a marker. Needs a bit of practice & the nicer you get it - the easier the welding

Also, if you can imagine using a, say, 3Ē holesaw to cut a, say, 2&1/2Ē pipe in half and if you imagine the curve that would leave?  Thatís an option that can be very tidy

If you can put yourself in a situation where you cut the horizontals all to identical length & tack them to the legs BEFORE welding the legs to the table -that makes them less length-critical. Thatís where it goes wrong - getting the length right

Itís all fun. :)

Any proper engineer would tell you my table is an abomination probably. But who cares if it works lol

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Re: Welder
« Reply #33 on: August 28, 2019, 10:48:11 PM »
Thanks for the good rundown on round pipe fitting options!