Newbie build - Mini GF

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » February 8th, 2017, 6:48 am

I'm interested to know how that goes too. =))


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » February 27th, 2017, 2:01 pm

FInally found the time to weld up the first two sections. My first time welding, so I initially had some trouble setting the amperage and wire feed to the point where I could lay down something that look half decent. Thank God for Youtube! Still got loads of grinding to do hahaha.

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Big T » February 27th, 2017, 7:02 pm

All of your first welds will be hidden by the end of the project and you should have the hang of it by then.


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by ajfoxy » February 27th, 2017, 7:16 pm

Nothing that a flap disk can't make a tad nicer anyway. Good start.


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » March 2nd, 2017, 12:40 am

Nice lookin for first time welding, just don't forget to leave out the right pieces of the frame so you can get the FB in to place. :kewl:
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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » March 6th, 2017, 10:35 am

Frame's all done, and I measured up the internal dimensions to adjust the cad drawings for the plasma cutting of the panels. I do have a discrepancy of a few millimeters but it shouldn't be a issue.

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Stewart » March 6th, 2017, 10:48 am

Looking good



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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by temurf » March 6th, 2017, 4:48 pm

:LG:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by ajfoxy » March 6th, 2017, 6:16 pm

Nice. Can't see from the pic but if you leave out the top cross piece on the right side you can get your chute/firebox/transfer tube installed in one piece without much issue. This is more so if you are going to bend up your cook chamber.


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Big T » March 6th, 2017, 6:44 pm

:LG:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » March 6th, 2017, 7:55 pm

Looks fantastic dude, well done! :kewl:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » March 7th, 2017, 7:36 am

Bend up? What do mean?
ajfoxy wrote:Nice. Can't see from the pic but if you leave out the top cross piece on the right side you can get your chute/firebox/transfer tube installed in one piece without much issue. This is more so if you are going to bend up your cook chamber.



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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by ajfoxy » March 7th, 2017, 5:04 pm

As in the sides of the cook chamber bent on a brake/metal bender/press brake. To save on having to weld the sides and back of the cc.


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » March 8th, 2017, 2:32 pm

Ahhh ... Don't have access to that ... I'll have to weld.



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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by richy20 » March 9th, 2017, 7:47 pm

Just be careful welding the cook chamber because it is easy to warp that thin metal. It happened to me. Just take your time. Good stuff so far. :-bd



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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by ajfoxy » March 10th, 2017, 4:27 pm

:yth:
Definitely go slow on the CC. In fact all the thinnner stuff requires a bit of patience.
Otherwise warping will occur. Ask me how I know this... :D


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » March 11th, 2017, 6:10 am

:yth: been there too. :kewl:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Weldun » March 11th, 2017, 7:00 pm

Make sure you don't skimp on the tacks, I would tack it every 2"- 2 1/2" and watch and listen for tacks that pop while welding. Might not hurt to take some scrap pieces of the same material and simulate the same joint configuration, practice on it and reduce the element of suprise.


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » March 12th, 2017, 12:52 pm

Thanks guys. I should have the interior panels tomorrow. I'll ask for a few scrap pieces ... Good idea



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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Rodcrafter » March 14th, 2017, 10:59 am

Boy AJ that was a setup!


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » April 3rd, 2017, 5:51 am

OK, finally got myself a new welder. It's a Telwin Bimax 4.195 230V. Interior panels are next.

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » April 3rd, 2017, 6:12 am

Nice unit dude, should make light work of it. :kewl:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by ajfoxy » April 3rd, 2017, 6:57 am

Nice, don't forget the pics. And remember slow is OK. Old african saying: slowly, slowly catch the monkey.
Take your time to learn your new machine. Dial in the sweet spot and then go for it.


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » April 3rd, 2017, 9:42 am

Guys any idea how I can bend the bottom sheet in the mini without resorting to a hydraulic press

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » April 3rd, 2017, 10:10 am

I made mine a little different to the plans, I put a flat bottom on mine then welded in another piece to make the slope. Uses a little more steel, but makes it a bit easier than trying to beg, borrow or steal a bending break. :kewl:

p.s. You could also weld in a short piece first instead of a whole bottom sheet & the overlap the angled piece slightly for the same result. :D


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