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What did you build today?

Just thought this would be interesting to go along with some of the other "What did you..." threads.

Doesn't have to be made from metal, or for the garage/truck/shop or anything!

Here's mine for today:

I have a small press that sits at the end of where I keep my steel tubing... it's always in the way and is a pain to move around and it was also too low to use comfortably.

I cut some 2x.125" square tubing, sandblasted and bedlined it, added some casters and then bolted it to the bottom of the press. Easy to move and the extra 4" of height brings it up to a level that's just a little more comfortable.



Next up was a jig to make it easier for me to weld my spring perches on my 8.8" axle that's going in my '68 Mustang.

I used the same 2" square tubing for everything. The main piece is 46" long and I had to stack two more pieces on each end to get enough clearance for the axle to sit on top.

The top block has a centered 1/2" hole so I can bolt the original axle to it and measure my pinion angle. Once I have the measurement I can then bolt the new perches onto it and set my new 8.8 on it, rotate to the correct pinion angle and tack the perches in place. As long as I make sure my jig is level, I should be good to go!







Now post up what you've built today!
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cool ideas!
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how long have you been welding? your beads look well stacked. i've always wanted to learn or teach myself
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how long have you been welding? your beads look well stacked. i've always wanted to learn or teach myself
I think he has been welding for around a year. Self taught too.
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Yes just around the year messing around in my garage on my own along with some pointers once in a while from my brother-in-law!
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wow that's awesome. where did you get most of your material to practice? and where do you get it now for your projects?
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Starting to build an awning in a few minutes.
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wow that's awesome. where did you get most of your material to practice? and where do you get it now for your projects?
I buy mine at Canada Steel. Any local steel supplier will work though where you are... I pretty much just buy drop cut stuff as it can be a lot cheaper. The first time I went in I told them I just wanted about $100 worth of odds and ends. I picked out a bunch of stuff and it was magically $100. lol Pretty sure it should have been more than that!

Don't buy at Tractor Supply or places like that... I bought a 24' length of 2x2x.125 square tubing for $55 at Canada steel. Princess Auto here was $75 for a 10' piece!
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ok thanks for the tips!
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No problem... anything else just ask. I'm new to this too but I'll try to help!
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I buy mine at Canada Steel. Any local steel supplier will work though where you are... I pretty much just buy drop cut stuff as it can be a lot cheaper. The first time I went in I told them I just wanted about $100 worth of odds and ends. I picked out a bunch of stuff and it was magically $100. lol Pretty sure it should have been more than that!

Don't buy at Tractor Supply or places like that... I bought a 24' length of 2x2x.125 square tubing for $55 at Canada steel. Princess Auto here was $75 for a 10' piece!
This! I buy drop cuts to practice on and you can find a lot that are rather long too and are a lot cheaper. I think its a $0.70 a pound where I get mine.
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Just do what I told Adam to do before... buy a long piece, cut it up and practice by making it one full piece again. lol
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haha ok i'm gonna try and find a local place this week maybe
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Haha I only wish my beads looked that good. I'm kinda learning some MIG welding by practicing with extra stuff at my votech shop. Around 9 out of 10 beads come out looking like garbage, so when welding needs done, I'm not the one doing it lol.
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Haha I only wish my beads looked that good. I'm kinda learning some MIG welding by practicing with extra stuff at my votech shop. Around 9 out of 10 beads come out looking like garbage, so when welding needs done, I'm not the one doing it lol.
Id suggest learning on stick, thats how I learned and after that MIG welding is a cake walk.
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I just came in from finishing the jig and getting the axle ready for the perches. The beads onto the long piece of tubing didn't turn out as well!
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Id suggest learning on stick, thats how I learned and after that MIG welding is a cake walk.
I've heard that too. The only reason I'm starting with MIG is because my shop has 2 of them, and nothing else.
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yeah those beads are nice! and I take a class for welding in school and we learn to stick then mig then gas and im gonna teach my self to tig here soon. its my second year in the class and its fairly simple with enough practice anyone can do it.
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Come on guys... somebody else has to be building something too!
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building my ranger still need to install rock sliders, winch bumper and winch, big 3 upgrade, duel battrey or one high amp deep cell battrey. also helping my dad rebuild his 87 sea-ray 17 foot speedboat the back of the boat was dry roated.
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Come on guys... somebody else has to be building something too!
Well, we're working on remodeling my uncle's kitchen and living room, if that helps.
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Well I didnt build it today but its still a work in prgress.

Heres my new computer.


here is the frame I had to build for it
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Pretty sweet looking computer Andrew
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