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    Homemade Chassis Jig Tables

    I built these tables in 2004/2005 to use as fixtures for all of my chassis fabrication work. The top "H" beams slide back and forth on the upper rails to accomodate just about any track width I could need. Fully mobile with four casters under each table I also added jacking lugs on each corner for leveling. These tables have been very versatile and I use them every day. I have added holes to the beams for bolting down shears, benders, shrinker/stretchers, etc.

    The "H" beams slid into the middle.

    Here is one set up with my 4" bender on one end and my plate shear on the other.

    I also made a top for one of them. I used a sheet of melamine covered particle board laminated to a regular sheet of particle board (for stability). I run lengths of 1 x 2 tubing underneath to support the outer ends.
    I squared the sheet up with the skill saw and then cut two grooves perpendicular to each other. One down the center of the top and one at the virtual "wheel centerline" of a proposed chassis build.

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    Here you can see the longitudinal cut. These make for easy layout work as you can hook the groove with the end of a tape measure or set a carpenters square right in the groove. Another thing I like about the melamine is it is washable. Doing layout work with a pencil is easily visible AND when it comes time to change or work on another project it washes right off. back to a clean top (or slate if you will...)

    Here is the main table being used to build the chassis for my Astro van. I laid out the lower rail positions then drilled holes in the top for the u-bolts. Once these were tightened up the lower rails were solid to the table and very easy to build too.

    The table was more then strong enough to set the mock-up engine and trans in place to build motor mounts. Didn't complain one time.

    Thanks for looking
    Mark
    Last edited by astroracer; 06-06-2012 at 05:18 AM.

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    Thanks again -- added this one to our Automotive category, and of course to your homemade tools page: astroracer's homemade tools. Your receipt:



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