Stretch Husky in a weekend

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Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

Post by senorgilamonster » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:21 pm

I thought about using oak...but i remembered an old article that I had read about 15 years ago (on wainscoting) that talked about what a dream MDF was to route. I wasn't sure it would hold up to the rigor of the bend, but there was a free scrap in the cull pile so I though - "why not?"

To get 50T cab panels that match I am going to use the width of the MDF as a gauge and drop the already bent side over a radius on the far edge. I was going to make the hood a bit larger and trim. Got a HF air cutter for $20 today.

I admit that this taking longer than I want and a bit of a detour from the 50T - but all of the tools and experience transfer over to make the 50T better.

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Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

Post by rkcarguy » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:39 pm

The MDF totally makes sense, I only needed a small chunk to bend my ladder rungs and had a piece of oak on hand. Light gage steel bends easily and the MDF should be up for the task.
The hood for my S12 was done on our 12' press brake at work with our 1" round die, and the top of the cab put through the roll to match a profile I traced onto a piece of wood. I have access to some neat equipment through work:)

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Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

Post by senorgilamonster » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:26 pm

I got another day and a half in...
I clamped down a " sq steel bar and bent all 4 steps brackets at the same time. This resulted in the bracket sizes being more consistent than if I had bent them individually in a vise.
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Then I plugged in my $30 garage sale stick welder and attempted to weld for the first time in my life. This is definitely one of the most frustrating things that I have ever done. After a few hours of practice, I started on the frame. Had a couple of blow-outs as I was moving too slow.
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Today I welded up the end beams. My ability is slowly improving. Today I created a stack of blobs. OK, so it is ugly as sin, but it isn't going to just fall off in my lifetime. I had the ends secured with 90 degree magnets for a while. I took them off once I was sure the end was stuck on good...but once I was done' I realized the end pieces had pulled inward (toward the fillet).
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Anyway - another hour this weekend to cut out the slot for the chain and mount the motor. The original design would have allowed me to mount it below the deck, but this is OK too.

Tuesday the 20th I plan to cross the border and go to the BCSME in Burnaby, B.C. and check out the club. If I can press the wheels to gauge, I may have it in good enough shape to walk alongside of the platform and test it out. (I tried 4 tons and it didn't do the job)

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Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

Post by senorgilamonster » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:29 pm

The (replacement) sheet metal for the hood still hasn't arrived, so it doesn't look like I'll be doing any work until Wednesday.
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Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

Post by Harold_V » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:35 am

senorgilamonster wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:26 pm
I plugged in my $30 garage sale stick welder and attempted to weld for the first time in my life. This is definitely one of the most frustrating things that I have ever done.
I took a night time welding class for two years. I do not consider myself a weldor. It is a rather demanding craft, requiring a steady hand, great hand to eye coordination, good eyesight and lots of patience. It really helps to have someone instruct you of proper procedures, too.

Just sayin'!

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Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

Post by senorgilamonster » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:55 pm

Thanks. Yeah I know. The same things can be said for learning how to land an airplane. My flight instructor something that I think applies to welding as well - "I can't teach you how to fly...I can describe it to you, I can demonstrate it for you, but in the end you have to teach yourself how to fly the plane. I am here to keep you from killing yourself until you figure it out".

I have a son who is a certified pipe fitter & welder - works on big union jobs, etc. Unfortunately he lives and works too far away to help. Oh, and I know a guy who could work with me, but he is on deployment with the Navy.

I have asked everybody that I know if they weld - everyone says the same thing: "No, but I wish I knew how to". So I decided it was something I need to learn. I will probably take a class at the tech school, but by the time I though of it I was past start of class for this semester and by the end of next semester I'd probably be past the time frame to sill make it to the Triennial with the GE 50T.

While I'm not adverse to paying someone for some help, the professional shops around here are way out of my range.

In the end, it is why I am building the Husky, to learn new skills. I've never welded, never bent sheet metal, never broken roller chain, never bought sprockets or bearings.

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Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

Post by senorgilamonster » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:17 pm

Harold - I want to make sure that I didn't come across the wrong way - I really appreciate your comments on this and other threads.

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