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Stainless steel water tray

Post by edclayton1 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:25 pm

Is it a good idea to construct a water table using stainless steel?
I was thinking about purchasing a water tray from Avid CNC but theirs are made from Aluminum and im afraid it wouldn't last very long until it starts to corrode. It seems like regular old steel wouldn't really last that long either.
It looks like I could buy a sheet of 12 gauge stainless and have it bent up for around $800.00 for a 5' by 10' sheet but it would still need the corners welded up and some slats and slat holders built up and installed. I was thinking maybe some stainless rails and some stainless posts for the slats and then just using mild steel for the throw away slats. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Stainless steel water tray

Post by adbuch » Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:54 am

Depending on your budget, stainless steel may be the way to go. Depending on your construction, 16 ga. may work well and be less expensive. Keith Fenner used a fabricated stainless steel water tray for his Plasmacam build.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVzdzHFGK5k

I didn't want to spend over $300 for a sheet of stainless, so I went with 11 ga cr steel. It has been in service for about 4 years now with no problems. I add Hangstefer's s500 water soluble coolant to the water to help prevent corrosion/rust. It is the same stuff I use in my cnc machining centers. Here is my build in case you are interested.
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Re: Stainless steel water tray

Post by Rodw » Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:42 am

I had this stainless tray bent and welded up 12 months ago and its still in good condition. Used 0.9 mm sheet from a 1500mm x 3000mm sheet and the 1500mm side was just long enough to make this in one piece.
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Re: Stainless steel water tray

Post by adbuch » Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:32 am

Rodw wrote:
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:42 am
I had this stainless tray bent and welded up 12 months ago and its still in good condition. Used 0.9 mm sheet from a 1500mm x 3000mm sheet and the 1500mm side was just long enough to make this in one piece.
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Re: Stainless steel water tray

Post by Weldamerica » Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:32 pm

That is a real nice set up adbuch

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Re: Stainless steel water tray

Post by adbuch » Sun Oct 17, 2021 11:39 pm

Weldamerica wrote:
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:32 pm
That is a real nice set up adbuch
Thanks Weldamerica! I fashioned my water tray/draft system after a build by Keith Fenner on his DHC2 table. In fact, Keith was the one who inspired me to purchase my Plasmacam table. You can see some videos of his build linked below.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Udk-6cP ... 18294AC31D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVzdzHF ... 1D&index=7
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