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Chris Allred

 
Joined: 3/20/2001
Posted 10/9/2010 via Website

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I see alot of people asking about frame/chassis tables and I happen to need one for an upcoming chassis, so i'm building one. I figured I would throw up some pics of the design and the build of it. Heres the design in Solidworks, its 146" long x 60" wide x 30" tall. The top is 2x3 and the legs and braces are 2x2. http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00298.jpg Heres all the stock: http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00306.jpg http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00307.jpg I'll post up more as I go!



Chris Allred

 
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Sorry for the large pics!
terry wilcox

 
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what do you have $ wise in materials?
Chris Allred

 
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Edited: 10/10/2010 3:10:33 PM by UnusualFabrication The cost was roughly $400 for what's in the pile and it will build the entire table. The only thing I have yet to buy is 6 adjusters for the feet, which i'll probably use large bolts, so I can level it out and some nice casters so I can move it out of the way.
terry wilcox

 
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that isnt too bad. Im thinking about building a table when time comes but im not going to be doing commercial just my own stuff. Im not really sure I can justify building a table just for my self though
Jeebus @ MMW .

 
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Just a suggesgion on the casters... I built two identical frame tables last winter, and i had decided to buy two different sets of casters for them to test them out. The HD inflatable casters that they sell at harbor freight and northern tool and even ebay... they are junk. They say they can hold 1000lbs each, but the just bassicly deflate and are a pain in the ass to roll around, its nice when you have like 20psi in them, but thats 18 over what they reccomend lol. I ended up switching to the hard composite casters, 5" diamiater, and LOVE them! i can push the table out of the shop, and down my gravel drive way with ease. Taylor
Chris Allred

 
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that isnt too bad. Im thinking about building a table when time comes but im not going to be doing commercial just my own stuff. Im not really sure I can justify building a table just for my self though If its just going to be a one time thing you could probably just use a nice 4'x8' sheet or two of thick MDF. I have seen some decent tables made of wood sheet and 2x4's. As long as its flat and you level it you can build anything on it and you can screw pieces of wood to it to hold your parts in place while you work. I was going to do that because the price was nice but I plan on using this table for many of years.
Chris Allred

 
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Just a suggesgion on the casters... I built two identical frame tables last winter, and i had decided to buy two different sets of casters for them to test them out. The HD inflatable casters that they sell at harbor freight and northern tool and even ebay... they are junk. They say they can hold 1000lbs each, but the just bassicly deflate and are a pain in the ass to roll around, its nice when you have like 20psi in them, but thats 18 over what they reccomend lol. I ended up switching to the hard composite casters, 5" diamiater, and LOVE them! i can push the table out of the shop, and down my gravel drive way with ease. Taylor Thanks for the tip Taylor! I was planning on using something heavy duty for when I have to move the table. I plan on mounting the casters off the side of the legs with the bottom of the wheels just under the bottom of the legs. That way when the adjusters are all the way in the wheels will touch the ground, ready to move around, and when the adjusters are out the casters will be off the ground, leveled and ready to build on. I have heard of people just using the casters to screw in and out to level, but after sitting for any period of time with the weight of the table and whats on it, they develop flat spots and are a pain to roll around. Any supplier or part numbers for the castors you are refering too?
Jeebus @ MMW .

 
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Im not sure on the part number on them, i got them from a local place called industrial warehouse.. i think there are others around the state as well. I had initally used threaded inserts to level off the table, but being that i adjusted it so much and moved it so much around the shop, i found some trailer jacks, from that same place, for 12.99$ and put one of them at all 4 corners, now i can level it off anyware very easy with just cranking the jack, and swing them out of place when im rolling it around. It ended up being a bit more than i wanted to spend, but it worked really well. Taylor
Chris Allred

 
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I'll keep that in mind! Maybe i'll do the same and just mount casters under the legs and then put set back jacks on the side of the legs.
Jerry Abercrombie

 
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I have an I beam frame table...I want to build another one that is much lighter...and can dismantle for easy storage. It takes 4 people to get on a trailer...and is hard To roll around just because it's so heavy. Lightweight, adjustable, and easily stored. Even when I had a 30x60 shop it was always in the way.
Chris Allred

 
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I have an I beam frame table...I want to build another one that is much lighter...and can dismantle for easy storage. It takes 4 people to get on a trailer...and is hard To roll around just because it's so heavy. Lightweight, adjustable, and easily stored. Even when I had a 30x60 shop it was always in the way. I thought about making the legs fold up but I added 3 angled tubes off each leg for supports so I think it would be to much for what its worth if I wanted to be able to fold all the legs up and lean it against the wall when not in use. After I designed it and made my cut list I calculated the weight and its 421.5# so I don't know if i'd be able to fold it up and stand it against the wall by myself anyways.
kelly polito

 
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http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-x-2-inch-heavy-duty-swivel-caster-41565.htmli used these when i built a cart to move my cab around and they work great on grass, gravel, etc.
Chris Allred

 
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Posted 10/11/2010 via Website

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http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-x-2-inch-heavy-duty-swivel-caster-41565.htmli used these when i built a cart to move my cab around and they work great on grass, gravel, etc. Thanks, i'll check into those.
Chris Allred

 
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Edited: 10/14/2010 1:19:30 PM by UnusualFabrication
Chris Allred

 
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I didn't have anything to support the long stock so I dug though my scrap pile and came up with a A-frame style support. I had a aluminum roller from an old conveyor system so I used that on the top. The neck is also adjustable and locks in place with a bolt. I am still going to add another piece of 2x2 to connect the two legs together. The best part is that everything used was left overs from other projects so it cost me nothing! http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00331.jpg http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00332.jpg Heres the layout of the top. It still needs to be trued up, leveled, and welded together. The outside four corners are mitre cut so there won't be any open holes on the ends. http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00333.jpg



Chris Allred

 
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Posted 10/19/2010 via Website

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Edited: 10/19/2010 8:21:34 PM by UnusualFabrication I got a little more done on the table. I cut all the legs (six) and leg supports (eighteen) in the bandsaw and then mitre cut each end of the leg supports in the chopsaw. http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00338.jpg Here are all the legs and and leg supports tacked together on the table. http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00339.jpg I have to make the adjustable feet yet and get some nice casters.


JARED PACKER

 
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Posted 10/19/2010 via Website

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thats badass man, i wanna build a frame table someday soon
Chris Allred

 
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Posted 10/28/2010 via Website

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Had some more time to work on the table. I cut some wrap around brackets and gussets out with the plasma cutter for the casters. http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00340.jpg And heres the table all tack welded together and ready for final welding. http://www.streetsource.com//uploads/forum/U/UnusualFabrication/IMG00341.jpg I may at some point change out the casters but I had them laying around and they were free so why not use them. Realistically they will only be used for moving the table around when not in use. If they end up being to flimsy i'll change them out.


jcable

 
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Posted 10/29/2010 via Website

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nice! you just cap the 2x2 and use a large bolt to level it out?
Chris Allred

 
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Yes, I drilled and tapped a piece of 2x2x3/8" plate steel and welded it to the bottom of the six legs. You can just see them sticking out of the bottom of the legs.
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