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My very first TIG project - A welding trolley!

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My very first TIG project - A welding trolley!

Postby tonij » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:18 am

Having purchased my first welder December last year, I figured like many others making my own welding trolley would be a great way to gain some experience and I can say it was very rewarding. Many mistakes were make and many valuable lessons were picked up along the way.

The goal was to design something that would hold all my welding stuff while keeping it as compact as possible and I think I achieved that.

It started with scribbling drawings to try get my ideas down on paper.
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Followed by some numbers.
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And away we go. My attempt at a flat bench.
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Scored with grinder and folded with a hammer then filled in with weld.
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No more welding! Spray booth is something I made some time back.
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Re: My very first TIG project - A welding trolley!

Postby tonij » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:26 am

The end!

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Re: My very first TIG project - A welding trolley!

Postby weldin mike 27 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:28 am

Wow, thats a great effort. One little tip, make the handle for pushing the trolley a little longer and on a flatter angle. It can be very hard to move a heavy trolley with a small/ steep angle handle.
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Re: My very first TIG project - A welding trolley!

Postby weldin mike 27 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:29 am

By the way, Welcome. I'm up in Bendigo.
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Re: My very first TIG project - A welding trolley!

Postby tonij » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:42 am

Yeah you're right and it certainly is heavy! About 170kg fully loaded and I gotta give it a good heave on the inital pull back. Trolley 2.0? Lol
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Re: My very first TIG project - A welding trolley!

Postby cj737 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:32 am

Great looking trolley. The only criticism I would make is, you spent all the time making great looking welds, then you ground them down! You "might" have left them so you can look back and see them, and use them as a progress report. I've done that, and always blamed them on one of my son's as "their first efforts" :shock:
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Postby homeboy » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:37 am

Very neat work and every thing packed away handy. I agree on the handle issue. Wouldn't be hard to clamp on some stock for dummy handles and play around a bit to find the sweet spot that feels good far you. That way you can play with the height as well as balance. Good luck. :ugeek:
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Postby electrode » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:24 am

Lots of steel in that cart and it turned out very nice. Good job. :D Very well thought out with rooms for all your accessories and a nice filler holder with removable closure. Don't you love it when a sketch turned into a reality? I have done the same many times and the drawings always get modified along the way and what starts out as a simple drawing turns into a blueprint. :lol:
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Postby electrode » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:25 am

cj737 wrote: I've done that, and always blamed them on one of my son's as "their first efforts" :shock:


I am going to have to blame my wife when I make an ugly weld in the future. "My wife wanted to try and weld so I let her do that bead". :lol:
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Re: My very first TIG project - A welding trolley!

Postby weldin mike 27 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:37 pm

Here's a pic of a kemppi tig trolley. Its a factory item. Have a look at the length of the handles and the angle. We have these at work so I could measure it for you if you like. The long handles help with leverage when starting of as well as stopping as you have good control.
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