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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aluminium bars look good, although personally I'd prefer to use 6" shelving (plastic-coated wood) to avoid scratching the Mac Pro's handles. Much cheaper, and probably easier to work, when screwing to the underside of a desktop. Still: I'm keen to see anybody's results...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used 1/2 inch aluminum bars and can cut it to 315mm and 475mm. I would use felt sheets on the ends of the bar.


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you need a lot of precautions to cut aluminum. googles and mask and clamps. polish it you need the same protection.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am saving for a mac pro come winter time. maybe I will make this
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

billb wrote:
tales wrote:
Interesting, mooblie can you post some dimensions of the bracket? If i have time i could make one out of 1/4" aluminum at most it would be a 1/2" thick at center. And i could get it very close to the color of aluminum Macs.
Im a carpenter & have access to a full metal shop at work, maybe down the line i would try it.
tales.......if you were to make one in aluminum
approximately how much would it cost?
Just wondering.


It wont cost anything, for a few. The scenic shops where i work in the cooler months are stocked with aluminum All shapes & sizes mostly 30' long They unload trailers with forklifts every two weeks.
I cant put a price on that, they buy in bulk.
The non-ferrous saw blades at work cost around $400 each, there made to cut aluminum all day long & i have.

Im a union carpenter for almost 30 years cutting aluminum is part of my job & like phlip posted "precautions" should be taken I seen many fingers fly off of great carpenters over the years & they all say the same thing i took my mind off of what i was doing Evil or Very Mad
Not the regular DIY project.

Anyway, im thinking a 1/4" piece of aluminum stock using a radial arm saw & setting the blade depth to 1/8" and "dado" out the unwanted aluminum, leaving around 1/16" at the ends so the Mac cant slide off ( like the screw & washer in the original wood mount) this will be a different height so the handle can pass through & when sliding the Mac on the bracket you have to keep in mind the dimension of the handle is going to change due to the angle needed to slide the mac on the bracket.
Have to get those numbers right the 1st time.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hay tales

Years ago I had a friend who worked at a company that
fabricated steel drums along with many other things. He
had some really gruesome stories about how some of the
workers lost fingers, limbs and even a few lives.

Sign me up for a free bracket though I don't mind paying
you for your time. I know their's no free lunch.

Thank you!!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tales wrote:
.....Have to get those numbers right the 1st time....

Agreed: I'd be the first to say: don't rely on my dimensions, get a MacPro to measure! (unless someone else wants to try a cheapie out of wooden shelving pieces first).
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If i do this In the fall I will make a pine model first. then copy to aluminum.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tales wrote:
billb wrote:
tales wrote:
Interesting, mooblie can you post some dimensions of the bracket? If i have time i could make one out of 1/4" aluminum at most it would be a 1/2" thick at center. And i could get it very close to the color of aluminum Macs.
Im a carpenter & have access to a full metal shop at work, maybe down the line i would try it.
tales.......if you were to make one in aluminum
approximately how much would it cost?
Just wondering.


It wont cost anything, for a few. The scenic shops where i work in the cooler months are stocked with aluminum All shapes & sizes mostly 30' long They unload trailers with forklifts every two weeks.
I cant put a price on that, they buy in bulk.
The non-ferrous saw blades at work cost around $400 each, there made to cut aluminum all day long & i have.

Im a union carpenter for almost 30 years cutting aluminum is part of my job & like phlip posted "precautions" should be taken I seen many fingers fly off of great carpenters over the years & they all say the same thing i took my mind off of what i was doing Evil or Very Mad
Not the regular DIY project.

Anyway, im thinking a 1/4" piece of aluminum stock using a radial arm saw & setting the blade depth to 1/8" and "dado" out the unwanted aluminum, leaving around 1/16" at the ends so the Mac cant slide off ( like the screw & washer in the original wood mount) this will be a different height so the handle can pass through & when sliding the Mac on the bracket you have to keep in mind the dimension of the handle is going to change due to the angle needed to slide the mac on the bracket.
Have to get those numbers right the 1st time.


" yes " metal work is not the same as woodworking. A lot harder. I remember the first time I worked with stainless steel I burned up a lot of bits much harder then Aluminum. I have a few nice pieces of copper laying around that would be nice but I would have to protect the Aluminum from the copper. They don't mix well in damp Jersey air.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The UBC lost a NYC Union 608 Evil or Very Mad I think im leaving the NYCDCC by March.
As of now I don't think im going back to TV/Broadway Scenic shops.

After years of failing a test for motion pictures (shop craft) i finally pasted Very Happy

There's no metal shop there, just carpentry.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tales wrote:
The UBC lost a NYC Union 608 Evil or Very Mad I think im leaving the NYCDCC by March.
As of now I don't think im going back to TV/Broadway Scenic shops.
After years of failing a test for motion pictures (shop craft) i finally pasted Very Happy
There's no metal shop there, just carpentry.
If you passed, why are you leaving?
Isn't this a good thing?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

billb wrote:
tales wrote:
The UBC lost a NYC Union 608 Evil or Very Mad I think im leaving the NYCDCC by March.
As of now I don't think im going back to TV/Broadway Scenic shops.
After years of failing a test for motion pictures (shop craft) i finally pasted Very Happy
There's no metal shop there, just carpentry.
If you passed, why are you leaving?
Isn't this a good thing?


Yes its a good thing. Im i member of the UBC http://www.nycdistrictcouncil.com/ too many members & not enough work. The pay rate is high $47 an hour and around $35 an hour for benefits.

Were loosing a lot of work to non union contractors who don't pay well & don't offer there workers benefits.

TV/Broadway is a different local (1 & 4 in NYC) then the motion picture local 52. The pay rate is higher then local 1 & 4 & no non union workers are allowed in the studios or on set.

Im out now recovering from meniscus surgery. Then i have to make more contacts in local 52 I still have a nice Annuity & pension from the UBC.

Tough times i had to make a change Crying or Very sad
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