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    My HF Welding Cabinet

    Out with the old! Bought a chiller for the tig welder and this cabinet was too small.



    Since I have very limited space in the garage/workshop, I had to go up - instead of out.
    Found a HF tool cabinet that would fill the bill and also add a lot of needed storage for all my welding odds and ends.
    Only problem was: it needed a few modifications.




















    Outside of buying the square tube, wheels, chain, HF towel rack and few metric nuts and bolts, everything else was leftovers from other projects.
    Am very happy with the end result. Everything is a bolt-on, so no new holes in the cabinet. Mostly tig welded. Some mig on the 1/2" material.
    The axles are 5/8" bolts and red Loctite was used to secure them into the nuts.
    Last edited by robert-r; 02-12-2021 at 06:48 PM.
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    Re: My HF Welding Cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by robert-r View Post
    The axles are 5/8" bolts and red Loctite was used to secure them into the nuts.
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    Re: My HF Welding Cabinet

    Nice work on your new cabinet. Those US General cabinets are real nice themselves.

    How did you like the Chicago Electric cabinet other than outgrowing it? I've looked at that many times. I'm really torn between buying that one and making my own from scratch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatemaster View Post
    Nice work on your new cabinet. Those US General cabinets are real nice themselves.

    How did you like the Chicago Electric cabinet other than outgrowing it? I've looked at that many times. I'm really torn between buying that one and making my own from scratch.
    Thank you! It works very well.

    The Chicago Electric cabinet was real nice. Lots less work that making one. That's why I bought it. The top drawer should be full depth - could have used the extra room. Had to add an 11 gauge plate over the base for the 200 CF Aragon bottle. The sheet metal in that area wasn't designed for that much weight. Also cut off the "lip" at the back of it. Made it much easier to change bottles. Extended the handle about 2" because the welder was longer than the top. No big deal - put a 1/4" piece of plywood the length of the welder under the welder: voila. The gas inlet to the tig welder is at the top and in the middle of it, so it needed an "L" fitting.
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    Re: My HF Welding Cabinet

    Nice work, it is so much simpler to repurpose a new cabinet than building one from scratch. I had built a few scratch built control cabinets for the CNC Plasma tables I built. The last 2 were buying a single draw tool cart from HF and converting it to the controller for the table. I like your choice of Tig welder too.
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    Re: My HF Welding Cabinet

    Hey robert-r, could you answer some questions about that Chicago Electric cart?

    What is the depth of the cabinet itself without the tank tray on the back?

    What is the height at the opening of the cavity at the bottom? (I'm wondering if my Hobart plasma cutter will fit in the cavity down there.)

    Are the dividers in the top drawer removable?
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    Re: My HF Welding Cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by gatemaster View Post
    Hey robert-r, could you answer some questions about that Chicago Electric cart?

    What is the depth of the cabinet itself without the tank tray on the back?

    What is the height at the opening of the cavity at the bottom? (I'm wondering if my Hobart plasma cutter will fit in the cavity down there.)

    Are the dividers in the top drawer removable?
    IIRC (the cabinet was sold) the top tray is approximately 23". 12" for the bin? Yes, the dividers are removable.
    If you have a HF close by, the cabinet is usually on display.
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    Re: My HF Welding Cabinet

    Bought another HF towel rack. Bent up a bracket for the foot pedal.

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    Re: My HF Welding Cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by gatemaster View Post
    Hey robert-r, could you answer some questions about that Chicago Electric cart?

    What is the depth of the cabinet itself without the tank tray on the back?

    What is the height at the opening of the cavity at the bottom? (I'm wondering if my Hobart plasma cutter will fit in the cavity down there.)

    Are the dividers in the top drawer removable?
    I have a Hobart 210 on that cart. If helps judge its size any.




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