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Old 04-12-2018, 06:49 PM
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I was down visiting Keith and Glen in their shop when I went to the coast at the end of March. As usual Keith has scraps he can't bear to throw away and he gives me some. Last year it was some curved aluminum plates about 20 inch long. This year it was a couple of pieces of aluminum tread material 11.5" wide by 24" long.
He suggested making a step stool like they have and set out to supply me with legs and endcaps for this.

Now about 2 years back brother Glen showed me the basics of tig welding, and as he is a master at this, I felt happy to learn from the best.

So I fired up the table saw and the press brake to turn those 1/4" plates into legs and the bandsaw did the rest of the chopping to size.
Today I welded them up with wifey holding the legs in position for tacks.

The sharkbite stool has tubular legs and the larger one has the legs made from plate.
The other two pictures are my tig welding progress to date.

There are no pictures of dropping the torch and breaking the lense and other stupidity, but all in all they don't collapse under 230 pounds so I am happy.

Oh, the other thing is a compression bandage to stop a 60 ft auger from bleeding when I remove the duct tape.
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Old 04-12-2018, 06:55 PM
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Loooominum too spensive for me to get into. And not much call for it here.

Looks like it'll work. If it keeps your ass properly situated in relation to the floor.........it's golden.

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Old 04-12-2018, 07:01 PM
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Nothing wrong with those welds.
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:59 PM
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Would work for me. I hate throwing away good stock too.


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Old 04-12-2018, 09:27 PM
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Gerry, once I get situated out there, you’ll have to try the PM 255 with the spool gun on aluminum.

I still tig it at the 9-5, but rarely at home anymore, the gun is just sooooo quick and easy!!


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Old 04-13-2018, 03:08 AM
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ooh, they're purdy.


They've also given me an idea. I cut up some similar material to make shelves in a lube cabinet in the recent shed tidy and I have an offcut that's been annoying me as probably useless but too nice a material to throw away.

I live with little people so various steps and stools are always in demand.
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:37 AM
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ooh, they're purdy.


They've also given me an idea. I cut up some similar material to make shelves in a lube cabinet in the recent shed tidy and I have an offcut that's been annoying me as probably useless but too nice a material to throw away.

I live with little people so various steps and stools are always in demand.
As Keith pointed out to me, straight down legs will give you a surprise ejection when you least expect it. They need to be angled out from the top. I did mine at 20 degrees.
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As Keith pointed out to me, straight down legs will give you a surprise ejection when you least expect it. They need to be angled out from the top. I did mine at 20 degrees.
been there, done that, took the young lad to the on-call clinic with what looked like a half golf ball prodtruding from his forehead!
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Looks real good


Did you consider 3 legged?
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Looks good, Gerry. Had a set of aluminum steps once. The legs under the top step were vertical. They are in the possibles pile. As its possible I'll cut them up for another project.
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