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« on: March 27, 2007 12:34:32 PM »

Okay, this may seem like a really stupid question but I have an old (1950's) coke machine that I want to turn into a computer desk.  I have cleaned out the insides, etc but now I need the back of the machine cut out for ventilation.  Since I really shouldn't be around anything sharp enough to cut metal, where would I take this beastie to get the back cut out?  Huh Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2007 01:27:43 PM »

look in your phone book under welding or metal fabrication. I;d call and talk to the shop first and just explain what you would like done. The other thing you may want to keep in mind is that the back of the machine might be aluminum which requires special cutting torches. I work in a welding shop and we do special projects like this all the time.

your other option may be a drill, or metal cutting wheel on a dremel type tool if the welding place quotes you too much. Make sure you wear SAFETY GLASSES!!!!!! I would also reccomend wearing a hat or bandana and gloves as well. Metal shavings can get caught in your hair and later fall on your face. my girfriend had that happen to her and they had to dig  it out of her eye eventhough she just tried to brush it aside. she was miserable! Apparently it's a common occurance in this industry Cry
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007 06:16:24 AM »

My husband uses a zippy disk on an orbital grinder, SAFETY GLASSES are a must and I recommend long sleeves and pants cause this really throws sparks.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2007 06:41:16 AM »

A reciprocating saw works wonders. Just hold the thing very straight or it'll bind like you wouldn't believe!

You can also try the local vocational training place for the high school(s) in your area. The kids can always use stuff to practice with Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2007 07:41:44 AM »

Thanks so much guys!  This one had me completely stumped!  I called a couple of fabrication and welding places and they all wanted around $200 (gotta love Bay Area prices - lol!)  As it turns out however, one of my clients owns an auto body shop and offered to have it done for me for free - yay!

Thanks again!
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2007 09:38:01 PM »

love the bay!!! lol didnt realize you lived there otherwise i would have offered, duh should have asked, neway i glad you go tit taken care of  Wink
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