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Old 05-12-2010, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Water Table Slat Supports

so is anyone here who has a mill interested in making me a set of the slat supports?


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Old 05-13-2010, 12:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey those look familiar

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Old 05-13-2010, 01:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Not to be too ignorant, but, why wouldn't you make up a jig to support the strips and simply burn them on the CNC Plasma table?
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The issue I find with either milled or plasma cut slots is the radius of the mill and or the kerf angle at the bottom of the slot; either one means the rectangular slat is making contact with a circle instead of a flat surface, Not an issue when everything is new, however as weight is applied to the slat it will dig into the circle or kerf angle and you will have an uneven slat. Very minor and maybe it won't ever happen, but others have made simplier slat holders using just square tubing support rails with square tubing spacers, simple but effective.
I have a mill and could make them but it would be easier to use simpler methods. Not as nice looking as the milled ones but functionable.
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The issue I find with either milled or plasma cut slots is the radius of the mill and or the kerf angle at the bottom of the slot; either one means the rectangular slat is making contact with a circle instead of a flat surface, Not an issue when everything is new, however as weight is applied to the slat it will dig into the circle or kerf angle and you will have an uneven slat. Very minor and maybe it won't ever happen, but others have made simplier slat holders using just square tubing support rails with square tubing spacers, simple but effective.
I have a mill and could make them but it would be easier to use simpler methods. Not as nice looking as the milled ones but functionable.
All of the Slat Support brackets on our kit machines to our turnkey machines are cut on one of our machines with a Plasma cutter. At the bottom of the cut there is a slight bubble to each side, to help make the bottom of the cut flat. this keeps the slats sitting level and even on them. Because there are so many slats, there is never too much load on one at any time, and being a hardened plasma cut edge, I've never seen a slat "dig" into the bottom of the slat holder.

I don't see any reason not to Plasma cut the slat supports if done with the "thermometer" bubble at the bottom of the slot.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't see any reason not to Plasma cut the slat supports if done with the "thermometer" bubble at the bottom of the slot.
Interesting idea. Wish I had seen this before I cut all mine out. Oh well mine do seem to work.
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