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pre-fabbed tabs for tube...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jekbrown, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Designing various parts for my truggy and it would be really handy to have a tab that was radiused to fit to 1.75" tube and was designed so that the top mounting surface would be level with the top of the tube it was welded too. Something like this...

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    anyone make anything like this? I thought it would be handy for mounting the lid on my truggy... or boatside sheet steel... or whatever else you want to mount perpendicular to the tube. Made of 1/8" steel with a 3/8" hole preferably.

    anyone make something like this?

    j
     
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    Ok, I make Tabs and Brackets.......

    However I don't make anything so light, although it is certainly strong enough for the purpose.

    Try aaa-mfg.com they make the light stuff, it is stamped and made in the far east but they are cheap for the light stuff. those are called trick tabs.

    Come to me for the serious stuff.....
     
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    I just did a whole slew of that very piece!
     
  4. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    With a slightly modified design, that part could be cut from a simple piece of rectagular box tube...... Hole saw to create the radius for the tube mount, and a bandsaw to cut the diagonal on the opposing side.

    It's got to be cheaper to do it in 1-piece than to have someone cut three separate tabs and weld them together. :dunno:
     
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    At that point I would just hit up Dan (ruffstuff) to see what he has. To me its a lot of work to go through anything with a hole saw. Im way too impatient for that. Prob way I would rough it in with a torch and clean it up with a grinder. Id do the diagonal the same way.
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Patient enough to draw it in SolidWorks, but too impatient to use a hole saw??? You make me laugh.....


    :haha: <- me laughing.


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    Hey it wasnt me who drew it in solidworks. I only draw stuff in that that I never make.

    :haha: :haha: <- Me laughing with you.
     
  8. jekbrown

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    that ain't solid works, its a 2 minute 'sketch model' rendered in AutoCAD. ;)

    It doesn't have to be 3 piece... could be laser/water/machined cut and folded from one piece. :) I used different colors on the sides than the top just so it'd be easy to tell what it was from a single picture. :thumb:

    Looks like its DIY again!

    These are overkill for roof mounting, but for boat-side stuff or anything else where a rock is gonna hit it, they'd be good to go. A simpler/lighter-duty alternative might be a similar tab that only had one "side" (red radius'd part) on it.

    I didn't invent a new tab or anything here, just looking for a source. I was trying to think of a way to mount my roof (aluminum sheet, 0.090") on a halo and leave as little gap between the sheet and tube as possible (to reduce the chance of water coming in during water crossings, heavy rain etc). I checked some common 4x4 tab supplier peeps and didn't see much that allowed me to mount something flush with the top of the tube like I wanted.

    j
     
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    Kerts the man to talk to...:D
     
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    by the looks of the drawing, your mount surface is flush with the top of the tube, correct? Not to difficult to play with that height either.
     
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    x's 2, this is exactly what I thought of but I see Greg beat me to it.
     
  12. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    So you're saying that I'm thinking like a machinist now???.....I'm flattered.


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