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Old 05-12-2006, 12:33 PM   #1
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I need to securely mount a 2" diameter tube to a flat surface. I first thought of removing some material in areas and welding in a flat piece but wasn't too sure that I could get all 6 flat mounting surfaces in the same plane. So after some internet searching, I thought of having a tube fabricated. It would need to look like this:



The tube thickness can vary, up to say .125", but the other dimensions need to be close to those listed. The length that I need is 72" but would be willing to get more if there is a minimum length of a single tube (16-20'). It would have to be cut though for easy shipping. Finally, I'd like it to be nickle plated.

Anybody do this kind of work, know of someone who does or have a shop that does this nearby? Since I'm not too familiar with this process so I don't know if companies require that I buy a truckload or I can just have one tube made. I also don't want to spend a truckload of money.

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Honestly, any good welding and fabricating shop would better serve your needs, IMO. The local fabricator welder I use could easily mill out 6 spots and TIG weld flat plates in, then send it out for plating for much less than to have a custom tube manufactured.

True custom tube manufacturing would require new dies and mandrels, which would way outstrip the cost of a single pice of fabricated tubing as above.

A fab shop would also be able to punch or drill any holes you might need at the same time.

If there are no good weld/fab shops in New England (lol), feel free to contact me and I'll have it quoted here.

Personally, if I didn't know any good welders, I'd look to a custom bike shop.
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There'* several welders at the race track that have good reputations. I'll run the idea by them next week.

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If you get stuck, my brother-in-law is good metal worker/welder. Let me know.
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Thanks Karl. I'll let you know. Do you know what types of machining capabilities he has? Bridgeport milling machine, CNC, water jet, etc? This is mostly for future reference.
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He'* an excellent welder (can weld aluminum) and I know he'* got a decent size break, a small press, and a plasma cutter. He'* been making some Jeep parts, 4wd trucks, and he makes killer homemade bumpers... he also travels occasionally. Good guy if you need a part made.
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