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  1. Elfmaze

    Elfmaze Oakley Beginner

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    I'll be documenting my progress on a custom cube display I am building. working with some new materials and techniques so hopefully its not too painfull a learning process.

    The Goal, a basic cube design with a wooden base.

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  2. Elfmaze

    Elfmaze Oakley Beginner

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    Starting with 1/8" thick 1.5" aluminum angle iron. got my first pieces cut for the top rim.

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  3. Oakley Stephen

    Oakley Stephen Oakley Collector

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    Looks good so far and i am really liking the wooden base.....are you planning to weld the aluminum or use rivet to hold the top together?
     
  4. Elfmaze

    Elfmaze Oakley Beginner

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    One of the goals that got me going on this project was a desire to practice with the TIG on aluminum a bit. But at the same time I do kind of like the sharp corners and grain of the aluminum up top. I may try welding the inside edge and try not to drip or punch thru. Design wise it may tie together though if I run beads along the bottom of the uprights for the feet. So haven't really decided if I want the welds to be visable or not yet.

    I am going to try using bolts to connect the uprights. breaking down for shipping would be usefull. But not at the expense of wobbling if I can't get it tight.
     
  5. Oakley Stephen

    Oakley Stephen Oakley Collector

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    Best advice is take it slow aluminum will melt on you quick. Spot welding should be enough to hold and should to bleed thru
     
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  6. GRFMotorsports

    GRFMotorsports is an Oakley whore Premium Member

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    This looks like fun!
     
  7. xmetalmaniac

    xmetalmaniac Made of Metal Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    Having done welding, IMO aluminum is difficult. oakley Stephen is correct. Take your time and watch your settings
     
  8. qtrain23

    qtrain23 3D Printing Protege

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    This is why I used steel lol
     
  9. Elfmaze

    Elfmaze Oakley Beginner

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    Didn't have too much time today, But I did get two of the uprights cut. Also ran out of angle aluminum. so represented in this picture is 8' and you will need 32" more to finish the project. Also conveniently there are four triangles of scrap that will do fine for the bottom of the legs.

    It looks like I may not get those clean lines after all. Turns out my 45* cut may have been more 46* or 47*. I don't think when all squared up its going to be as tight as Oakley's machine shop was able to produce. So beads it may be!

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    Another success for today was proving the carriage bolts will work! 1/4" carriage bolts, drilled a 1/4" hole and gave it a few raps with the hammer to set the bolt a few mm's in. Then got the ratchet on it and pulled it tight. Went right into the aluminum seems tight. might add some epoxy when I do the real ones to really set them in there. I cannot get this one out.

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  10. qtrain23

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    I thought about using carriage bolts, but I didn't like that they still have the hardness marks on the head. Just look like bolts. Especially since they're a different finish