Today I was able to continue working on the bar top support brackets. I made a little jig, and was able to weld the threaded studs in place. I also cut the bar top support plates on my CNC plasma table to length, and started to drill and counter sink the holes to bolt the plates to the top of the brackets. Here are some pictures!
The threaded studs before welding. I took them to my belt grinder to remove the thread in the welding area.
Here is my little jig, welded together using some scrap pieces, to align the studs, and weld them into the same location on all brackets.
Clamping them in place with a piece of aluminum flat stock.
All studs welded in place!
A little closer to show the welds.
Next step was cutting the bar top support plates on the CNC plasma table.
I used some square tube as stops to align the long pieces for cutting on the table. Here are the two cuts in the first one!
One is a 45 degree cut for the corner, and the other is a cutout to accommodate an existing structural column in that area.
Cutting the first piece to length, to exact 84 3/16″.
Here is the longer of the two pieces. My roller stands came in very handy to move the piece on to the table.
After cutting the 45 degree corner, I swung it around on the roller stands, back on to the table to cut it to length. This piece is 140 7/8″ long.
After cutting, I finished the edges with a angle grinder and started to drill the mounting holes with my magnetic drill.
Here is my magnetic drill in action! I wouldn’t know what to do without it!
Here is one of the bolt heads.
I bolted the first three brackets in place. Right at the moment everything is upside down on the cart. The view from the front.
And from the back!
A closeup from the front.
And a closeup from the back. The threaded studs will be drilled through the cabinet front and tightened from the inside of the cabinet with washers and nuts. There will be no visible fasteners on the outside!
Both pieces done and ready to be disasembled and shipped to the powder coating company.