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04-19-2011, 02:49 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Turning expensive metal into scrap
Made some aluminum panniers today. I used 0.080" 3003 sheet cut with a skilsaw and the angles cut on a compound miter saw. Welded with 1/16" green tungstens (emphasis on LOTS
) and 4043 filler. I designed them in 3D CAD previous so all the angles etc were worked out ahead of time. Volume calcs give me about 29.5L. They are 18" long and 8" wide. The lids need to be recut too tight.
My aluminum welding is getting better, I found the best results were laying the filler in the joint and welding right over top of it with a smooth hand. This was pretty much first time welding thin aluminum like this. I like em. I may smooth out the boogers I made, but I may keep em raw like that. Either way the welds are strong.
Total cost in materials was about $75 and I have enough for a 2nd full set.
Now please remind me tomorrow to weld up the mirror image and not the same bag again
Also got my tires today so you don't have to stare at a blank rim anymore
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