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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:04 PM   #1
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bluggy replacement

I am starting a new buggy build for myself. It wont be a fast build, im guessing it will take a year or two.

First step was building a decent fab table. I ordered a 5'x10' piece of 1/2" steel. I told my steel supplier I wanted the whole thing burned out with 1.250 holes burned in it also so the whole thing would be nice and square. So somewhere along the lines they took it upon themselves to just shear the plate and mag drill the holes in it when I ordered it I explained to them what I was doing so they new it had to be square. So after I get done building the legs and base and flip it over I decide to take a tape measure to the table and I find the plate is out of square and the holes aren't perfectly square either. So my bad for not measuring it before I weld the legs and everything on it. So I can live with the holes no being perfect they are just for strong had clamps for clamping, but I would like the o.d. of the table to be square for easy measuring. So does anyone have any ideas on how I can make it square for measuring like some sort of border I could have burned out or maybe make a angle iron border or something? looking for some sort of a cool idea.

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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:23 PM   #2
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You could pay a shop to machine the edges square but it won't be cheap.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:26 PM   #3
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how do they do that? seems like its too big to get into any machine?
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:34 PM   #4
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How far out of square is it?
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:36 PM   #5
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diagonal tape measurement is 3/8" out.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:41 PM   #6
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find a shop that has a bridge mill. our shop has one but outside work we get $200 hour.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:45 PM   #7
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:54 PM   #8
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how do they do that? seems like its too big to get into any machine?
That's not a large part to machine. ksejeep is right though on machine rates. Quit worrying about it being out of square. Just use one edge and you will be fine. You can lay some scribe lines on it or even snap temp lines.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:56 PM   #9
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Just make a border out of some 2 wide, 1/2 thick or less flat stock, put it square and weld it on the bottom if you need the top flat, or just put it on the top. You really only need to do one corner too IMO
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:57 PM   #10
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yea your right its not a huge deal. It just sucks when you have the perfect square table in your head and you get done building it and its not what you wanted. especiall when you have over 1k in materials sitting there
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Old January 12th, 2014, 08:02 PM   #11
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Yeah I'd be a little po'd. Who's your steel supplier?
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Old January 12th, 2014, 08:07 PM   #12
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I don't want to name drop, they usually do great job for me. and really its my fault for not measuring before I did the work. they probably would have made it right.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 08:10 PM   #13
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like kylem and johnyquest said if one end is square it really wont take much to make the other end square by either adding some metal or get out the old cutoff wheel. still open to some cool idea of a border that might even be useful somehow.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 05:40 AM   #14
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I can do it for you and my shop rate is measured in beer. All you do is get the line laid out, set the torch up, pick your speed and flip the switch.

IMO another good option would be a laser cutter. They should be able to lay it out and cut a nice square edge. It doesn't need to be within thousandths, just pretty darn close.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 05:48 AM   #15
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like kylem and johnyquest said if one end is square it really wont take much to make the other end square by either adding some metal or get out the old cutoff wheel. still open to some cool idea of a border that might even be useful somehow.
That would not be fun with a cut off wheel! Nice table, hope you get it squared up.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 06:56 AM   #16
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I can do it for you and my shop rate is measured in beer. All you do is get the line laid out, set the torch up, pick your speed and flip the switch.

IMO another good option would be a laser cutter. They should be able to lay it out and cut a nice square edge. It doesn't need to be within thousandths, just pretty darn close.
I'll buy you all the beer you want if you got the tool lol. Yea Id be happy if I could get it to a 1/16" tolerance
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Old January 13th, 2014, 07:06 AM   #17
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bluggy replacement

It is still a torch so it won't be a laser or machined edge but if the torch gets setup correctly it will be pretty darn good. It is an old tool but it is pretty darn handy!
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Old January 13th, 2014, 07:10 AM   #18
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You will have to take 1/2" off the short side also though. If a torch doesn't have a steel on both sides of the cut it will be jagged and nasty.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 09:42 AM   #19
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Well talked to steel supplier they are gonna put it on their torch table and cut the ends. After looking at it this morning both ends are out of square. So now I will end up with shorter than 10' table but at least it will be square.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 09:46 AM   #20
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Glad you're getting it taken care of. I'm looking forward to this build, everything else I've seen come out of your shop was top notch. What are your plans for the bluggy now? I'd hate to see that thing get parted out.
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