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Fabricated tools and fixtures for the shop...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BadDog, Dec 28, 2003.

  1. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    This is what I’ve spent my last couple of days (probably about 10 hours at least) working on. It’s the Uber Cart! It slices, it dices, … well… you get the point.

    Features:

    Top shelf
    * sheet bottom so small stuff doesn’t fall through.
    * Storage for dykes, tip cleaners, vice-grips, magnets, square, etc.
    * 4 pegs on back for hanging grinders and cords
    * long 3/8 inch rebar down one side to hang c-clamps

    2nd shelf for Miller 175
    * expanded metal bottom to let trash through
    * (2) 15 amp 110 plugs
    * (2) 20 amp 110 plugs
    * (2) 220 plugs (for welder and plasma)

    3rd shelf for Hypertherm 380
    * expanded metal bottom to let trash through
    * angled up for easy access to the face.
    * water separator, regulator, and filter mounted at back.

    4th (bottom) shelf for welding supplies
    * expanded metal bottom to let trash through
    * storage for tip dip, wire, etc.

    General
    * Tank secured to back
    * tube on back for holding sharpies, scribes, and pencils
    * 4 5” steel hub and solid rubber casters
    * hangers for all cable coils
    * single 210 plug on 15’ 10 gauge wire for all power

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    Anyone else build some cool tools or "stuff" for the shop? Not simple and/or common stuff like a work bench (although maybe if it's an innovative design with unusual but useful features) but unusual stuff that people might not normally think about.
     
  2. yunit

    yunit 1/2 ton status

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    Pretty trick Russ, might have to make something similar for my junk. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. Muddytazz

    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    That thing is pretty slick, gives me a few ideas for something for me /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  4. K1Orion

    K1Orion 1/2 ton status

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    "It makes thousands of julian fries"
    Very cool /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif What color you gonna paint it? /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    I built a little cart for my Miller 130XP, the big boy of all welders /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    3"x 1/8" angle with a shelf on the side for the bottle and stuff. Its on weenie chinese casters that must be from a shopping cart cause they never wanna roll.

    I wanna build a cart with 3 shelves, the top being 3'x3' 1/4" plate about 40" high to use as a mobile welding table/cart for the welder/grinders and stuff. I'm still waiting to "borrow " the 1/4" plate from work. Its not in the budget yet.
     
  5. BIGJ

    BIGJ 1/2 ton status Author

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    Very cool. If I hadn't run out of tube, I would have put a lower shelf on mine when I built it. I also wish I would have made room for two machines like you did.

    Here's a pic of mine..
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    BIGJ
     
  6. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

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    sweet, I need to make something soon
    I have this cart and the wheels are about ready to fall off, i drag this thing everywhere. My next cart I'm going to make and it will have big rubber or air tires to make life easier. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    Cool ideas on the cart though, how high does it stand?
     
  7. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    K1Orion 1/2 ton status

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    I saw those fridge things in Car Craft a couple weeks ago. Pretty cool but definitely useless.
     
  9. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

    Bubba Ray Boudreaux 1 ton status

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    A roll around axle cart designed with the intentions of hoping it will roll the entire axle underneath the truck to facilitate easier removal and replacement.
     
  10. Confedneck

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    A roll around axle cart designed with the intentions of hoping it will roll the entire axle underneath the truck to facilitate easier removal and replacement.

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    floorjack? i wanna see that bubba..
     
  11. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Does that look like a floor jack a**hat? Hey, that rymed /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
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  12. Stroked72Blazer

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    2nd shelf for Miller 175
    * expanded metal bottom to let trash through
    * (2) 15 amp 110 plugs
    * (2) 20 amp 110 plugs
    * (2) 220 plugs (for welder and plasma)


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    Thats all fine and dandy. Plenty of storage for the Miller 175, but where you gonna put the Miller Lite.
     
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    Confedneck 3/4 ton status

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    now bubba, unless you have a LIFT in your shop.. how ya gonna get that rear end under a vehicle on that rack?
     
  14. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    now bubba, unless you have a LIFT in your shop.. how ya gonna get that rear end under a vehicle on that rack?

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    It's subject to modifications.

    I wanted to build adjustable levels just because of that problem, but time was short when I did it as you can see it was being used at the time of the picture.

    Unfortunately, the world will rest easier at night when they learn that the two 10 bolts in the picture fell victim to a chop saw accident.

    The cart now holds the Bubba Low Buck Prerunner 9" that will soon be rolling underneath the Stock Wannabe Prerunner K5. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    10-4 on the modifications.. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  16. BadDog

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    Finally got it all together today. Here is a pic of it painted and loaded up. Only real problem I see is that the bar on top that was supposed to hold the c-clamps is too close and the clamps (especially the 6") bang against the welder. I'll be adding a piece to prevent that when I get around to it. Basically it just needs a second bar to cantilever against to stabilize the clamps. I also have to tilt the welder back just a bit to clear the door over the cable hooks, but that's no big deal to fix either.

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  17. blazen91

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    That looks good. How do you like the performance of that plasma, and how long have you had it?
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    I've had it for a couple of months and it works fine for everything I've wanted to do with it. That includes cutting some brackets out of 3/8 hot roll. I just got tired of lugging it everywhere. So, instead of building a cart just for it, I decided to combine lots of different but related things into one vertical cart to try to reclaim some space in my shop.
     
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    I have the Hypertherm 1000 G3 and it cut's 1" thick plate like butter.
     
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    Thats a sweet cart. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    If you have an old fridge in your shop this would be pretty cool: http://toocoolkits.com

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    And here I thought the link would be something functional, lol.

    Anybody else use dead fridges or freezers as tool / parts storage lockers? They come complete with shelving and do a excellent job of keeping dust out. Best part is the price...FREE.
     

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