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Old 02-14-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
 
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Default Are there any fabricators on here that can do some cutting and welding ???

I'm starting to look into doing my next aquarium project and am looking at doing a steel stand for it and wanted to see if anyone on here did any fabrication work before I bust out the yellow pages.... Just trying to get an idea on how much something like this picture would run to build:

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This is more of a rectangular build (obviously) and mine is going to be a 30" x 30" x 24'ish" (I gotta see what I can fit through my doorway) but this should be a general idea.....
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I have something close to that in stainless I can shoot you a pic of. It was a stand for a welder.

I can also weld and fab something up if you want to buy the material.
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Any suggestions for steel places ??? My old company used to always buy it from a place in West Chicago called Napco, not sure if they're even still there, just wondering if you had any suggestions...
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Depends. I usually use a place on the south side called admiral steel or if I'm in a rush I just go to metal supermarket.
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napco is still there.
if your serious, give me dimensions, and tell me what materials your planing on using, ill try my best to get a estimate to you.
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Yeah, I'm definitely serious, just trying to see how much it would be to do this instead of my usual route with a ton of lumber that takes up a ton of space....

I would've welded it myself a few years back when I welded more frequently, but I haven't done it in a few years and no longer have access to a welder....

The actual dimensions would be 30.5" x 30.5" x 32" in height. My door was wider than I thought. LOL

I would also need some plate to make gussets for the corners as well so it would end up like this but more of a cube:






As far as materials, I'm thinking of going with mild steel 2" square tubing, .125 wall thickness. Based on the dimensions needed, I'm thinking I would need right around 30 feet of 2" tubing to pull it off. Then on top of that a bunch of maybe 4" gussets which I'm guessing should be .125 as well ???

Is that something that a place can cut to specification (for a fee obviously) or is that kind of stuff just up to the buyer?

Let me know what you think even if it's just a rough guess so I can try to price this damn reef build out some more....
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Lots of people out there will say that they can weld... Where are you located? I could probably turn something like this out in a few hours in my garage. I weld for a living, exotic metals and to high standard on pipe. My shit gets xrayed and multiple test to even pass. I have a steel place a few miles from me. I'd charge my regular hourly rate.
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I'm in Streamwood, so NW suburbs.... If you wanna shoot me a PM and let me know what you would charge for something like that feel free.... Even just a rough estimate as I'm still just planning this build but the stand will be the first purchase.....
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