After working out all the details yesterday, I had a chance to make some jigs and setups to streamline the process of making these little furniture feet as efficiently and consistent as possible. Here are the pictures of yesterday and today!
These were the first two sample pieces that I made, to check the geometry of the little parts and to ensure all fits accurately.
After some minor adjustments, I was able to lay out all the pieces for cutting on my plasma table.
I left little tabs in the corners of the pieces to keep them in the sheet and not loose any in my water table. It was fast and easy to grind and clean all parts together.
After grinding it was easy to break the little tabs and get the individual pieces.
A whole pile of pieces to weld!
I set up some magnets to hold the small pieces in place for tack welding.
I added a LED light on top to be able to see the joints better. It helped a lot to line up the pieces correctly! End of the day!
Starting to tack weld in the morning.
All the inside and outside corners tacked!
I made a little jig to hold and align the two pieces for tack welding.
All the tack welding done!
Finish welding all the joints.
My little grinding setup to clean the parts.
Furniture foot after grinding the sides.
I’m using my belt grinder to square off top and bottom of the feet.
Grinding the top and to the exact height of the foot.
Made a simple height gauge to check the feet while grinding.
All the feet finished and ready for the next step!
Breaking out the little base plates out of the grid!
I made this little jig to psition the base plate inside the feet.
a little base plate on top of the jig.
Sliding the furniture foot over the jig and ponding it down to the right height with a hammer.
Base plates in place and ready for welding. I will do that tomorrow! It has been a good day! 🙂