December 5, 2018 at 6:44 pm #78259
I asked on the facebook today because I was away from my computer, but I know the forums are more active, so now that I’m home, here I am.
Trying to settle on a machine size. I’ve identified tubing, printed all my parts, purchased my dewalt, and accumulated the cash to buy a part kit from Ryan and to build a table.
I’m going to see at least a few wood projects (and light gauge aluminum panels) that I think would make a 2×3 ft machine appropriate. I also would like the ability to try out some smaller, thicker aluminum pieces for brackets.
I’ve seen the supports for rails longer than 3 feet or so. Can I mount these and have a removable cross bar between the rails to shorten the long side? Would the crossbar be unnecessary or even effective?
Am I going to be stuck building a second, smaller machine?
Thanks. Hoping to get this sorted so I can order.December 5, 2018 at 7:26 pm #78265
Start with the recommended size, 2 by 2 foot outside diameter. Get the feel for it, then when you need to, just put longer tubes on.December 5, 2018 at 9:38 pm #78271
I think this machine is like a garage, it’s never quite big enough. I started with a 24″x36″and wish I had built a 30″x36″. I got fancy with the wiring so it’s going to be a pain in the ass to expand. If you build a 24″x24″ keep the wires out of the tubes, and dont solder anything or cut any wires.December 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm #78272
Barry, is that a recommended 2X2 cut area or actually 24″ tubes according to the cut calculator?
Tony – the cut calculator provides a second bit of interesting info – the required table size. It caught me on my first build and is challenging me on the second because I have limited space in the shop.
I’m trying to size my smaller, dedicated machine right now – I’ve got all the nuts and bolts and bearing and printed pieces – just need the tubing.December 6, 2018 at 5:07 am #78287
I believe so. I’m also pretty sure you can make it a 2 X 2 cut area and still not need supports.December 6, 2018 at 6:10 am #78297
Thanks, all. 2×2 it is, no cutting, no soldering.
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