A few more of the others, in their temporary position:
What in the HECK are those dots in my pics from??? Sometimes I get them, sometimes I don't.....
Anyway - here is the semi-permanent layout. It will likely change, but for now it looks like it will work. There is a large cabinet (one of three that will be built) in place to separate welding from the other work area.
That little lathe stand is next for the brushed aluminum panels and the drawer treatment.
I am also working on a few more large storage cabinets and a few more tables.
This is all stuff for my shop - MXtras. I will be making my product here instead of the house! I have been working on this shop everyday since January and started from nothing. I did the electrical (208V 3 phase) - yes it is to code. The Millers are single phase machines. The welding table weighs about 1200 pounds - it turned out OK, but the top is not as flat as I had hoped to make it - it varies by maybe 1/8" across the top surface (4' X 7') using a staight edge and my eyeballs. The 1/4" top puckered a little at every stitch - and the stitches are only 1" long and few and far between...
The pics are of the back corner of the shop. The front half is way to messy to show.
I still have a milling machine, a 5T arbor press and a bunch of little stuff to move in, and I have to build a long saw table for the miter saw to handle 25' long material. I think the saw table may have to wait for a while - I gotta get the milling machine CNC'd and get some parts and molds made.
More stuff to come in a few weeks or months - depending on progress.
Ok, that post went through. Let me try a few more pics of the drawers:
I riveted the drawer faces to the drawer bodies after they were set into the slides. This way, I could micro-adjust to compensate for inaccuracies in the assemblies. The drawers are identical, the faces are identical and they all interchange pretty well, so I could have assembled the faces on the bench, but I chose to do so in place. I didn't take pictures of attaching the faces - sorry.
Now I will try to scare up a pic of the lathe and stand....
Oh - I used the inexpensive'est' drawer slides money can get - I had so many to buy that the ball slides would have broke the bank at $18/set. I am using the ball slides for a tool box and the drawers in the lathes stand, but these things actually work very, very well and are rated for 75 or 100 pounds per drawer! I like them. and they are pretty inexpensive - like $7/set at Lowes. I found them online for around $3/set! The chrome pull handles almost cost that much each!
The slides can be bought from Home Depot or Lowes for about $7.75 per set - but if you are smart, you will go to http://www.ovisonline.com where you can get them for about $3 per set. I have no affiliation with these folks - they have extremely good prices - best on the net for the drawer slides. I bought the pull handles from MSC - they are 4" chrome and were about $2.30 each (I think...).
Last edited by MXtras; 12-01-2005 at 04:08 PM.
Reason: Clarification of drawer face assembly
The lathe is just sitting there right now. There are leveling screws on the bottom of the feet - don't know if you can see that in the pics - probably not.
I prussian blued the bottom of the lathe and scraped in the pads it is sitting on so it wouldn't get twisted when I cranked it down to the stand. The stand is 3x4x1/4" tubing - it's stout and doesn't have much flex in comparison to the narrow lathe.
Nice job on the drawers. I first thought that they were spot welded until I spotted the rivets. Do you get a discount on aluminum?
Sorry - your post snuck in there - I didn't see it!
I have had most of the material for several years - I got it when the getting was good and was able to preserve it - it has protective film on it, so it's nice and shiny when you peel it off. I have used 14 or 15 sheets so far - I am down to maybe 8 sheets left - this is of the 1/8". The sheets were factory defects (handling scratches, etc).
The brushed panels are a product called Alpolic made by Mitsubishi - it is an aluminum composite. It is typically used on gas station canopies and store fronts and is very popular because of it's lightweight, ease of fabrication and because of the fact that it is pre-finished and extremely durable.