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rmack898
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Another 5x10 build

Postby rmack898 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:37 pm

After reading everything I thought I could find about building my 5x10 table, I ordered a Magnum 7 gantry from PPLLC and a full automation package from CandCNC. I bought a but load of steel and went to town cutting and welding. I got the frame all fabricated and started on the water table and then I found this place.
Progress came to screeching halt as I spent about a week reading all I could here. Thanks to all the folks here I made some changes to my plans that would have more than likely bit me in the butt if I had continued on the course I was heading.

I had welded in a drain trough in the table and put in 3/4" drain and fill fittings. After reading a bit here, I cut out the 3/4" fittings and welded in two 1-1/2" fittings and am now figuring out an air bladder.

Most to the build threads I have read about the PPLLLC table seem to have the same post build complaint, the 3" sides are too shallow and allow too much splashing. I used 12"x1/8" flat stock and bent up 6x6 angle for the water table sides. I left the end of the table at 3" that will have a 3" slide on addition to allow for loading sheet on the table.

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Re: Another 5x10 build

Postby woodworker2001 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:02 pm

Looking good man. The air bladder is the way to go. We bought a table at the school I work at, but I would love to build one and start a business myself, but I dont have a place for a table at my current residence. The air bladder is awesome. If you want to cut aluminum, just drain. clean up the metal and fill back up. Plus when you cut those small parts and they fall in the water. It takes about 60 seconds to drain and about the same to fill back up. Keeps your hands out of the nastiness and makes finding parts easier. Be curious to see how much $ you have in your table and look forward to seeing the finished product.

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Re: Another 5x10 build

Postby Scratch » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:12 pm

Glad you found your way over here from SFT, lots of good file sharing and ideas here!
I think I'm the oldest 10 year old boy on the forum...

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Re: Another 5x10 build

Postby rmack898 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:39 pm

WW2001,
when i'm up and running I'll post a full accounting of what it cost me to build.

Scratch,
Finding my way over here put the brakes on everything I had planned. It took me a week of reading to realize that there was a better way to build a mouse trap. I'm still not sure if I have everything figured out yet but I've got to move forward to find out what I did wrong. I'll be sure to post lessons learned.

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Re: Another 5x10 build

Postby acourtjester » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:03 am

Many here have built DIY tables questions answered free :D :lol:
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Re: Another 5x10 build

Postby Euclid933 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:05 am

Wow, good job. I would like to build a new 5x10 myself one day. Mine must be about 25-30 years old and still going strong.
Looking forward to see some finished photos of your build.

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Re: Another 5x10 build

Postby rmack898 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:47 pm

Well between working crazy overtime at the day job, preparing for the holidays, and fighting the seasonal flu, progress has been painstakingly slow.

I managed to get the water table off the frame and get the frame painted. Then I got the gantry installed on the frame.

I had originally planned on using two 55-gallon plastic drums for a water bladder and then I realized that once I welded the water table to the frame, if there was ever a problem with the drums I would have to cut them out as there is not enough room to get them out in one piece.

So on to plan B. I decided to make an aluminum tank for a water bladder. A 4'x4'x10" tank should hold all the water I need for the table. I started out with making bungs for the fill and drain lines. I had a 2-1/2" piece of aluminum round stock and sliced of three pieces 3/4" thick. Then I chucked them up in the lathe and drilled them with an 1-3/8" drill. I then bored them to 1.5" and tapped them with a 1-1/4" pipe tap. I would have preferred to go with 1-1/2" fittings but I have a bunch of 1-1/4" ball valves so I went with 1-1/4"NPT.

Once I had the bungs made, I drilled the bottom sheet of the tank and welded them in. Then I tacked the sides of the tank to the bottom. I them made 4 baffles and welded them into the tank. The tank is all tack welded together from the inside. All I have left to do is slot the top so the I can plug weld it to the baffles and then weld up all the outside seams. With any luck I'll get the tank finished up tomorrow.

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Re: Another 5x10 build

Postby rons » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:46 pm

Love that blue, mine was the first Magnum bridge for PPL, I built an air chamber in the water table for the bladder the water does not move through any piping so it is fast 15 sec. to fill or empty, notice the tool path on a separate monitor thanks to my son.
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Re: Another 5x10 build

Postby rmack898 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:25 pm

That's a nice looking computer rig you have there Ron. I need to do something soon about a computer workstation and I had thought that a HF tool cart might be the way to go but I know that if I do that it will probably never get changed once I'm up and running. So I have some ideas for a nice workstation, I just need to get some time to bring it to fruition.
So today wasn't as productive as I had planned. I drilled the tank top in 16 places and then plug welded the top to the baffles. That left me with just about 35' of lineal TIG welding the seams.

Just I would get in the groove, the phone would ring or someone would stop by for a visit. I got the tank about half welded and called it quits for the day.

I leave for a week of vacation tomorrow so no progress for the next week.

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Re: Another 5x10 build

Postby acourtjester » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:44 am

Here is the computer set up I use, All electronics in one roll around cabinet. I move all the PC guts into the cabinet and can close it up when not in use. :)
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