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Old 10/22/2018, 07:12 AM   #1
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My steel stand project

Just picked up a new to me 225 peninsula tank 72L X 30W X 24H. It needs a stand and it seems that building a steel stand is only marginally more expensive than one of wood in comparison to strength and utility.


I have some experience welding, fence repairs and the like with my flux core wire feed welder but I also have access to a 300 amp MIG, which is what I would be using for this project.

I am thinking I would use 2” square tube but I really have no idea what thickness or type of steel. The design, I think will just be a rectangle with cross members for the top connected with 6 posts to a bottom rectangle and probably 6 adjustable feet.

I live in a seismic zone 4 arena so I will be adding gussets. I am thinking that if I recess the gussets just right, I will be able to skin the stand with Masonite or other suitable thin material position magnets to attaché to the gussets without having to use a thicker material and recesses the magnets into the removable panels.

Is powder coating a must or are there paint options? I have heard you can finish it with truckbed liner.


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Old 10/22/2018, 07:47 AM   #2
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Depending on the specifics of the design 2 x 2 x 16ga could be used without issue.
When in doubt and weight is not an issue throw 11ga at it..

You can certainly powdercoat it.. (expect a couple hundred to do so though)..

And yes you can certainly do it yourself for under $100 in spray paint/bed liner..
Self etching primer to start followed by the finish of your choice RustOleum or whatever color you like.. Bed liner would be fine too.. I use that process for the rocksliders, bumpers, etc... that I've welded for my Jeeps and it takes a beating...
Any sprayed finish can easily take exposure to anything from this hobby..


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I think I’m going to do the top frame and corner posts in 2” X 3” 12 gauge Everything else (bottom frame, center posts and cross members) will be 2” X 2” 14 gauge.


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Old 11/06/2018, 10:01 AM   #4
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I have decided to do the verticle members in 2X3 #12 that way they can catch part of both top members and not rely so much on the weld.

With 2X3 #12 spanning 72” will I need a center support? If so, can I make it removable for occasional mantinance?


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