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Unread 11-17-2012, 04:05 PM   #1816
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Looks great! I like how you did those light mounts. I had to download a couple of those pics for my album..
Are you considering making some changes to your design based on this? I like the tapered ends and the light mounts. Still debating on buying or making my own.

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Unread 11-20-2012, 10:00 AM   #1817
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I finally got my bumper finished. Now I just have to hope for a a warm day so I can get some paint on it. I added a few design changes that I came up with and wanted to do.

Thanks for your help and for the inspiration to make it built, not bought!
Great minds must think a like...that bumper is very similar to mine! Looks good.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 12:02 PM   #1818
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Are you considering making some changes to your design based on this? I like the tapered ends and the light mounts. Still debating on buying or making my own.
Don't have any changes planned for the near-term. I normally use "tabs" for mounting lights/antennas.

I have tapered a few ends like that.. upon request.

Currently, I cut my 2x4 bumper blanks on my CNC Plasma Table. If I were going to taper the ends, I have to break out the hand plasma, cut the ends, pound/clamp them into submission, weld them up (with modified end cap pieces), and then grind the extra weld smooth. Probably adds 30-45 minutes onto each bumper. In the past, I've done those tapered ends for an additional $20.

Same with modified light mounts. If I were going to deviate and make a little mount like that, I'd have to charge a few bucks for it.

In a typical 8hr day, I can knock out 2 Bumper/Tire Carriers if I really hustle. However, that's because the majority of the pieces are precut/preprepped by my son. I just grab stuff off the shelf and dive into a shower of sparks.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 01:27 PM   #1819
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^I would gladly pay $20 for the tapered ends. Good to know.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 04:01 PM   #1820
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^Very nice. I really like those tapered ends.
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Great minds must think a like...that bumper is very similar to mine! Looks good.

I tried to use all the scrap pieces from cutting the tubing so that's where the tabs came from. I still can't believe Eddie can knock these out in 4 hours. It took me a lot longer than that! It got warm enough on Sunday to allow me to paint it and it's currently drying in the basement next to the furnace.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 05:27 PM   #1821
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It's closer to 3 1/2hrs per.. but I take 30mins for lunch and usually have a couple visitors swing by the shop to chat for a few minutes on the weekends..
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Unread 11-20-2012, 05:59 PM   #1822
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Unread 11-20-2012, 07:01 PM   #1823
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besrk, can you do "part in part" nesting? You could get lots of tabs from the internal drops if you could. I bet the guys who cut beadlocks and rock rings could use that feature. I just cut a bunch of 3/4" flanges for some pipeline somewhere and I have a bunch of 13.25" round drops with nothing but a 1" lead cut into it. I could not figure anything anyone needed in 3/4" when I did the job. They are a tad too light to use as grinder stand bottoms.

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Unread 11-20-2012, 09:15 PM   #1824
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Sure can.. I can do a part within a part.. within a part.. within a part..

First thing that comes to mind with 3/4".. Clevis Mounts..

I have a customer who frequently has me cut a sheet of shackle hangers for full sized trucks. I cut his brackets out.. then overlay more tabs/brackets in all the little open areas.. cutting another $200-$300 worth of parts from the left overs. I strive to make at least 6-8X the price of the sheet.

Here's a typical sheet that I cut for him..

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Sure can.. I can do a part within a part.. within a part.. within a part..

First thing that comes to mind with 3/4".. Clevis Mounts..

I have a customer who frequently has me cut a sheet of shackle hangers for full sized trucks. I cut his brackets out.. then overlay more tabs/brackets in all the little open areas.. cutting another $200-$300 worth of parts from the left overs. I strive to make at least 6-8X the price of the sheet.
Wow! and this is your "second job"? I gripe and moan when I have to work 12hr days now. Is 3/4" enough for clevis mounts? I could turn out a few those still. We usually strive for double the sheet cost, mostly because the sheet is really expensive (Ar400 and 500). I gotta get out of California! I was talking to a supplier of ours who is back your way and he was getting $2.13 per square inch for his product and we have a hard time getting $1.10 per inch here in the land of milk and honey.

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Unread 11-21-2012, 11:01 AM   #1826
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Yep.. it's my side gig. I'm a "attention deficit, OCD, workaholic".. always going 100mph in 10 directions. I've gotten better though. I used to do 10-12hours a day 7 days a week.. all year (including Tgiving, Xmas, New Years..etc). Now, I try to take at least 2 evenings a week off from the shop. And I plan on taking Xmas Day off this year..

3/4" is fine for Clevis Mounts.. Maybe do some with the "T" Lock on the backside..

Something along the lines of this...

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Unread 11-22-2012, 10:57 AM   #1827
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I wish you were in CA I want a swing out made for my jeep! any member that build these in so cal?
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Unread 11-22-2012, 02:15 PM   #1828
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Yeah.. unfortunately, shipping a bumper/tire carrier from Virginia to Cali is pretty expensive.

Should be oodles of fabrication shops out there that can handle a bumper/tire carrier though. Just look up a reputable offroad fabrication shop and they should be able to knock it out.
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Unread 11-22-2012, 11:18 PM   #1829
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Here is mine, it survived 2 weeks in Moab, even some high speed runs over rough country.
I have added a couple of items since the pictures, rear lights, cb antenna mount, outlet for the on board air.


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Nice! What's the blue handle thing on the latch side?
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