View Full Version : how much do you think the materials would cost?

12-31-2010, 12:20 PM
To build this?


If I were in chicago obviously it would be cheaper to buy it but the cheapest I can find is 277.00 for a similar model locally and I have been looking for a welding project-

I guess you could figure roughly
40' 2" square tubing
8' 2.5" rectangular tubing
3' 1/4" or 3/16" flat stock
12' 1" round stock
1.5' 2.5" rectangular tubing cut and fit for locks
50.00 in miscellaneous grade 8 hardware (though those are probably grade 5)
Not sure where to get the plastic end covers
2 giant washers for the ends (not sure where to get those)
And whatever the machine shop would charge to bend the round stock and drillpress the several 1" holes or 1 1/16" holes for a little clearance
4 cans of spray paint

I already have a thermal arc 185 tig/stick welder and a lincoln buzz box. I will probably need a new tank of argon but should have the filler I need.

Is it worth it?


12-31-2010, 01:16 PM
Not sure where to get the plastic end covers

You might want to poke around McMaster-Carr. They should have all the hardware. Here's a link to the end caps.

12-31-2010, 01:17 PM
It's worth it if you don't assign a value to your time. It's worth it for the prideful feeling of building something yourself. Plus, every new project is more experience, which boils down to long term competence, craftsmanship, and efficiency.

That simply can't be beat. Not with dollars, anyway.

Go for it, Man.:drinkup:

Don't forget to post the pics!

Fat Bastard
12-31-2010, 01:36 PM
My quote earlier this year was $1950 each with red oxide prime no delivery for the first one and $950 for the next 5

12-31-2010, 02:34 PM
you build power racks?

I don't think it would collapse on me- I am not a pro but it is pretty difficult not to get good penetration with tig.