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    Laundry table for the wife

    My wife asked me to build her a rolling table for sorting and folding laundry. I started this last fall but then because of my job change it got put on hold for quite a while. I built it out of 1 inch square tube and some cabinet grade plywood. The dimensions were set by the request to be able to put two laundry baskets on the bottom shelf. Its a bit of a hack job as it is not meant to be furniture, and it will never leave the basement. The finish is water based poly on the wood and Rustoleum semi gloss black from a rattle can. The first version came out too tall and I had to cut three inches off the legs and reattach the casters

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    Re: Laundry table for the wife

    Good job Louie. You earned some serious points with that!


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    Re: Laundry table for the wife

    looks nice, simple and clean...

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    Looks good, I like it.

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    Since you built it to her specs, you're golden, Louie!! Nice lookin' job!!
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    Might be the time to use your bonus points by floating the idea of a new or better welder. If you don’t use those points up quick you will mess up and they expire!


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    Might be the time to use your bonus points by floating the idea of a new or better welder. If you don’t use those points up quick you will mess up and they expire!
    Funny you should say that, but I really can't think of a new welder I need. She OK'ed the purchase of the MM 252 in April, and she is bugging me to go buy a plasma cutter for my birthday. I just feel guilty dropping $1500-$1800 on a new plasma cutter that I won't use all that much. Been looking for a used one.

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    Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    Funny you should say that, but I really can't think of a new welder I need. She OK'ed the purchase of the MM 252 in April, and she is bugging me to go buy a plasma cutter for my birthday. I just feel guilty dropping $1500-$1800 on a new plasma cutter that I won't use all that much. Been looking for a used one.
    Once you get a plasma cutter you might be surprised at how much you use it. If nothing else, think about simple plasma art to start with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    Funny you should say that, but I really can't think of a new welder I need. She OK'ed the purchase of the MM 252 in April, and she is bugging me to go buy a plasma cutter for my birthday. I just feel guilty dropping $1500-$1800 on a new plasma cutter that I won't use all that much. Been looking for a used one.
    We had plasma cutters at work on some jobs and used them alot, about 10 years ago I bought a thermal dynamics 82 when they came outcause I was doing a lot of heavier plow/ equipment repair on the side it still cuts nice and has been good but it's the least used piece of equipment I ever bought, for most of what I do I want more accurate cuts and fit in other words if your doing heavy and close is good enough they may be fine or have a NC machine and doing repetitive parts, 1000k plus buys a lot of cutoff wheels and bandsaw blades which you still need anyway, rant over, just really my stupidest purchase ever

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    Re: Laundry table for the wife

    Does the top flip up for access to the tub & scrub board or she a tall woman?
    Where does she mount the wringer?

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    louie; you're the man but you made a bad mistake. now that the mrs sees what you can do and how handy that laundry table is the "requests" will start pouring in. next project will be a sheet mangle
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    Quote Originally Posted by docwelder View Post
    louie; you're the man but you made a bad mistake. now that the mrs sees what you can do and how handy that laundry table is the "requests" will start pouring in. next project will be a sheet mangle
    There are worse things than getting roped into welding projects!

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    Actually Joe you are half right (or more). I have about 15 requests from family and friends who want their own version of this table. The wife actually wants me to start working on some welded steel and wood furniture. She was inspired by Bonzoo's last table. And Bob is right, there are worse things in this world that getting pressed into welding projects.

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    It would be neater to use a threaded insert for the legs instead of welding on plates. Then the threaded caster makes it a much cleaner and easier installation. Amazon carries them search for threaded square tube insert. They come in at least 1", 1 1/4 and 1 1/2" sizes for sure the thread is standard caster stem thread 3/8 16 tpi and that also give you adjustment for slightly uneven floor or stand slightly out of square(not that that would be a problem, but things warp.) I just did a Kiln stand for my wife's glass hobby and it works great using the inserts and casters.

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    Hey Louie, you could use those points to get me a plasma,.
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    It would be neater to use a threaded insert for the legs instead of welding on plates
    Good idea. Maybe on the next 15 I have to make.

    Hey Louie, you could use those points to get me a plasma
    Umm ok, I guess....NOT

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    Quote Originally Posted by louie1961 View Post
    good idea. Maybe on the next 15 i have to make.



    Umm ok, i guess....not
    well dang, we have not, because we ask not.
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    Is that a 3/4" ply top? That'll hold a lot o laundrt...
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    I hate to be that guy cause it looks good but until you sand the plywood all smooth you will be picking splinters out of everything that touches it :P
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    I hate to be that guy cause it looks good but until you sand the plywood all smooth you will be picking splinters out of everything that touches it :P
    So, it is sanded and has 2 coats of poly on it. I may nail or glue on some trim pieces on the edges however. The wife has been using it for a few days now and loves it. I just asked...no problem with splinters.

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    Is that a 3/4" ply top? That'll hold a lot o laundry...
    Yeah, it was the only cabinet grade stuff they had, which made my surface prep a lot easier. But yeah, 1 inch square tube with .120 wall thickness, and 3/4 inch plywood. I am a tad over 300 lbs and I stood on it without a problem. It will hold pretty much anything she wants it to, including the washing machine.

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    Louie, that's the bomb---beautiful work! My .02
    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    My wife asked me to build her a rolling table for sorting and folding laundry. I started this last fall but then because of my job change it got put on hold for quite a while. I built it out of 1 inch square tube and some cabinet grade plywood. The dimensions were set by the request to be able to put two laundry baskets on the bottom shelf. Its a bit of a hack job as it is not meant to be furniture, and it will never leave the basement. The finish is water based poly on the wood and Rustoleum semi gloss black from a rattle can. The first version came out too tall and I had to cut three inches off the legs and reattach the casters

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    Louie, that's the bomb---beautiful work! My .02
    Thanks man!!

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