2-26-05 This is my tool tree for the tool arms that are used in the KMG grinder. The upright is 3” square pipe that is 28” tall, the holding brackets are 2” square pipe and it is welded onto a 1/8” plate which is bolted onto the bench. The holding brackets are welded 9” apart, 3 on one side, 2 on the other. These probably could be welded a bit closer, but not by much. It sure cleans up my work bench now. From top down, the flat platen, the slack belt attachment, small wheel attachment which takes wheels from 1/4” to 3”, 8” wheel and 10” wheel. The 14” wheel is currently mounted in the grinder. Tool change out takes just seconds which is a huge plus for the KMG. At the bottom of the vertical tube you can see a square gusset on the front. This is just to help brace and support the upright tree.
For those of you that don’t weld because you never learned how, neither did I. Well kinda, I taught myself with a cheap 110v MIG weldor. You can too. I’m glad I finally just decided to buy one and try it. For practice material, go to the scrap yard and buy some surplus (don’t call it scrap, they get upset about that - it’s surplus), take it home, weld the hell out of it, take it back and sell it back to them. They don’t care what it looks like or what your welds look like. It will cost you almost nothing to practice in the way of materials.