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Old 03-17-2015, 01:11 PM   #21
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Roda, what are the details of that tubing bender? Max size, cost, etc.
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:20 PM   #22
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Oh man, cool thread - I've been thinking a lot about redoing the garage with really compact and sturdy shelving to make more room, and also epoxy ALLTHETHINGS cause I somehow manage to spill a few drops URRY TIME I change the oil or anything else.

Not sure if I'm cool with spending 350 for teh stuff tho
Doing the epoxy floor with 100% solid epoxy will end up running you about a grand to do it properly. I looked into it when I first bought my house and decided to pass for the time being. For not to much more I could install much nicer tile.
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Roda, what are the details of that tubing bender? Max size, cost, etc.
The bender is a JD Squared model 3...

https://www.jd2.com/p-32-model-3-bender.aspx

Bends up to 2" round. Dies are pricey, but there's nothing else out there cheaper in a mandrel bender.

The cart uses an HF air/hydraulic ram to power the bender, and it bends in the vertical plane, so it doesn't have to be anchored. The cart is also designed to support an HF tubing roller (which I haven't got around to buying yet).

Plans on ebay or here: DBT bender cart plans

Works great, I used it to fab a bunch of stuff on my Bronco so far, and it will be essential when I get around to caging my NA. I think I'm all in around $700 with one set of dies (1 3/4"), the hydraulic ram and all the materials for the cart. Dies are ~$125-200 depending on size. It will also bend square tube.


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Old 03-17-2015, 04:03 PM   #24
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Workbench made from $15 shelf. Completed with last shelf cut in half long ways and install at top for a half shelf that spans the width.
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This is also a really great idea. Props.
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Doing the epoxy floor with 100% solid epoxy will end up running you about a grand to do it properly. I looked into it when I first bought my house and decided to pass for the time being. For not to much more I could install much nicer tile.
Not true.
Though a lot of 100% solid epoxy's don't have a very good thickness.
Plus it depends on the square footage.
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Not true.
Though a lot of 100% solid epoxy's don't have a very good thickness.
Plus it depends on the square footage.
Spend some time researching on Garage Journal and you will see that it adds up. First you need to rent the machine to go over the concrete and clean it up and make abrasive. Then you need primer, then epoxy, then clear coat. All the material costs add up quickly.

Here is a good quality epoxy. $150 for 220 square feet for epoxy alone.
Here is primer at $120 per 300 square feet.
Here is clear coat at $150 for 400 square feet.

Here is a kit made to do 600 square feet, once you add in primer and clear coat and options it is over $700.
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Primer and clear coat isn't needed. Though, i did use a primer when we did the floor at my last job. I probably should have done it at home, but it was my first time around and there was a few things i would have done better. I may have even done a clear coat, 2 years in it looks good, it is just dull. At the same time i beat the hell out of the floor, so i'm sure clear would just make scratches show up even more.

I do agree though, all the prep work is what adds up.
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Nothing special here as I'm only allocated this small space but it gets the job done for now. One day I'll have a whole garage to myself and it will be epic.
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That tubing bender......want.

"Self......why do you need a tubing bender?" To go with all the other **** i thought i would use more than once.
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My garage started as a one car but I took out a wall and invaded the downstairs rec room. As a plus, I have a bathroom attached directly to the shop.









One of my some day plans is to get an engineer in to figure out what I would have to do to remove those poles.
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One of my some day plans is to get an engineer in to figure out what I would have to do to remove those poles.
He'll sell you some very large, expensive beams.
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