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Offline BadRobot

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80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« on: July 23, 2016, 08:04 PM »
I have 3 car garage but I have to park my car / truck inside.  Additional, I have a Ford F-150 which is longer than my garage.  I have to park it 30 degree angle.  So I have only triangle area to work with.

My woodworking skills is just a beginner.  I have a hard time cutting squares.  So I turned to 80/20 aluminum extrusion t-slot as an alternative.  I just want to share with you.

Here is my first version.  I have been using it for a couple months now.  I am happy with it. 

« Last Edit: July 31, 2016, 06:18 PM by BadRobot »

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2016, 08:50 PM »
Total cost


Offline Kev

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2016, 12:43 AM »
That seems quite tall !!

I like it, but I don't like the effective cost per systainer to store, particularly when it extrapolates to about $150 AUD per systainer [crying]


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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2016, 07:21 AM »
That seems quite tall !!

I like it, but I don't like the effective cost per systainer to store, particularly when it extrapolates to about $150 AUD per systainer [crying]

It is the same height if you stack SYS-Port 500 on top of SYS-Port 1000.

If you compare just the cost of 80/20 aluminum extrusion which is $362.33 per 9 shelf which other materials, for example plywood.  The cost will not much different.  The cost per shelf is $40.26.  I exclude Sys AZ and casters because regarding what material you use, you have to buy Sys AZ and casters.  However, you save a lot of time to cut and assemble it when compare with plywood.

Another reason that that I went with 80/20 aluminum extrusion is reusability.  I can take it apart and build another application.  If I want to get rid of it altogether, I just take it apart and sell it as used 80/20 aluminum extrusion.  It will get my money back at least 50-60% of its original cost. 

I have unlimited of shelf adjustment.  It is a plus for me.

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2016, 08:54 AM »
Looks great.  Thanks for sharing an alternative approach to storing the stack.

Do you find it to be stable at that height when moving it around?  And curious what you store in the upper drawers given you have to remove the Systainer to access.


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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2016, 09:56 AM »
Looks great.  Thanks for sharing an alternative approach to storing the stack.

Do you find it to be stable at that height when moving it around?  And curious what you store in the upper drawers given you have to remove the Systainer to access.

This is my first generation that I have been using it for awhile now.  It is stable to move around.  I even put a couple boxes on top of it when it is static.  I also use it as miter/chop saw extension by attaching another 80/20 1030 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot in front of it.

I usually put light stuffs and not use quite often in top Systainer, for instant, prep pads or sandpapers.

I have a second generation which is dual stack.  It costs almost the same as this one but beefier.  I eliminated the horizontal bars altogether.  I have only 2 vertical bars to hold Sys AZ.  It not only has folding MFT table but also storage for long clamps, rulers and Festool rails in the back.

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2016, 10:16 AM »
I think it looks very nice, let's face it, using Festool drawers and 80/20 extrusions will never be the bargain basement approach. They're both pretty proud of their pricing. [eek]

I'm going to make something similar but will be using 2 panels of plywood to hang the drawers off of. Just substituting the ply should reduce the 80/20 bill by around $200.

Besides, that 1" deep recessed area on each side panel may give me some room to store short guide rails or MFS rails in. Bonus round...

« Last Edit: July 25, 2016, 08:03 AM by Cheese »

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2016, 10:31 AM »
This is my second generation which costs the same as the first generation but double the capacity.  Beside, it has folding MFT table in the back (not show in the picture). 

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It is true that 80/20 and Sys AZ is not a good combination in term of cost.  However, the flexibility is unlimited.  I use it as miter/chop saw extension and MFT table.  I have limited space to work with.  I have to be resourceful as much as I can.  I will take pictures of folding MFT and extension when I use it.
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Offline paulymatic

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2016, 10:33 AM »
Looks great!  [thumbs up]
A couple of years ago, I decided to make my own, before Festool offered the DIY drawers.  I had quite a bit of 80/20 that
I had bought from a scrap metal guy and thought that it was perfect for a cabinet such as this.
I had to fabricate my own drawers out of sheet metal and add my own drawer glides.  I have some sheet metal fabrication tools a spot welder that made this easy other than the layout.
I used the 80/20 as a binding point to hold the sides, back and tops together.  The sides are floating and were milled out with table saw and angle was cut with 45 degree router bit.  Took a little experimenting, but was easy once setup was done.
The tops are attached by countersunk machine bolts.  The holes in the ends of the 80/20 is perfect size to be tapped for 5/16 SAE course thread (possibly 8mm as well, have not checked).  I smashed the washers into a socket in order to follow the taper on the countersunk bolt.
Most everything involved in this project was scrap material except the bolts that I bought, drawer glides and a small bit of 18 ga mild steel.
Very fun and functional!











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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2016, 10:39 AM »
Look great.

Well, I wish I have the skills to build it.  I did what I could.  The goal is to organize my garage and use the most out of it.  It is not just a Sys-Port.  It is also my MFT table and saw extension.  That is the idea behind it.  I might put panels later when I can find cheap used aluminum panels.
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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2016, 07:55 AM »
Looks great!  [thumbs up]
A couple of years ago, I decided to make my own, before Festool offered the DIY drawers.  I had quite a bit of 80/20 that
I had bought from a scrap metal guy and thought that it was perfect for a cabinet such as this.
I had to fabricate my own drawers out of sheet metal and add my own drawer glides.  I have some sheet metal fabrication tools a spot welder that made this easy other than the layout.
I used the 80/20 as a binding point to hold the sides, back and tops together.  The sides are floating and were milled out with table saw and angle was cut with 45 degree router bit.  Took a little experimenting, but was easy once setup was done.
The tops are attached by countersunk machine bolts.  The holes in the ends of the 80/20 is perfect size to be tapped for 5/16 SAE course thread (possibly 8mm as well, have not checked).  I smashed the washers into a socket in order to follow the taper on the countersunk bolt.
Most everything involved in this project was scrap material except the bolts that I bought, drawer glides and a small bit of 18 ga mild steel.
Very fun and functional!













Yours look great and ahead of time.

I am grateful that I discovered FOG.  I got a lot of ideas and learn from these ideas.  I cannot thank you enough for everyone who share their idea.  I did the same.  Just my way for appreciation to FOG community.

Offline promark747

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2016, 09:33 AM »
This is my second generation which costs the same as the first generation but double the capacity.  Beside, it has folding MFT table in the back (not show in the picture). 

(Attachment Link)

It is true that 80/20 and Sys AZ is not a good combination in term of cost.  However, the flexibility is unlimited.  I use it as miter/chop saw extension and MFT table.  I have limited space to work with.  I have to be resourceful as much as I can.  I will take pictures of folding MFT and extension when I use it.

Awesome...can you show a materials/price list for this one as well?

Offline BadRobot

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2016, 06:35 PM »
This is my second generation which costs the same as the first generation but double the capacity.  Beside, it has folding MFT table in the back (not show in the picture). 

(Attachment Link)

It is true that 80/20 and Sys AZ is not a good combination in term of cost.  However, the flexibility is unlimited.  I use it as miter/chop saw extension and MFT table.  I have limited space to work with.  I have to be resourceful as much as I can.  I will take pictures of folding MFT and extension when I use it.

Awesome...can you show a materials/price list for this one as well?

This is the total cost so far, $314.60.  It depends on how many Sys AZ you put in.  I just fully populated on side.  That is the total cost at this point without Sys AZ and casters.

I populated another side with Harbor Freight Storage boxes and Festool Sortainers.

The cost does not include folding MFT table in the back and saw extension.

The part list is below.  You don't have to make it as high as mine.  I have limited space, so I have to expand upward.  Another reason is a storage for Festool rails.

T-Slot         Qty   Note
1 x 2 x 36 3/4   4   Width
1 x 2 x 60           6   Height
1 x 2 x 60           6   Side rails
1 x 2 x 14           6   Depth


Offline BadRobot

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2016, 09:13 PM »
Someone asked me about my cost.  Is it realistic cost?  It is the actual cost for what I paid.

Here is one example.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/371484630669?_trksid=p2060353.m2748.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

If you compare these 2.
This one cost $9.99 per 72 inches.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/191735683275?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

This one cost $15.25 per 74 inches.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331704769299?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I will go with $9.99 per 72 inches instead of $15.25 per 74 inches.  It will not fit your application anyway.  You have to cut to fit.

You have to shop around.  I usually buy overstock aluminum extrusion T-Slots.  It is new with bargain price.  There are some techniques:
- Overstock
- Counterbore at the end if it come with one.  You save $2.25 per counterbore.
- Tab at the end if it comes with one.  You save $1.95 per tab
- Access hole at the end if it come with one.  You save $1.95 per hole.
- Access hole jig.  Buy one if you can.  It will save your money.
- Buy as long as t-slot as you can and cut it yourself.
- Buy everything in one lot to save on s&h.
- Avoid joint plates as much as possible.  It costs a lot more that end tab and screw.  It looks nicer too.
- Tab and drill access holes yourself.

Offline promark747

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2016, 07:59 AM »
I ordered some 80/20 that I forgot to have counterbored for the anchor fasteners. Is it pretty straightforward to do them myself?  I agree they look better than other connection methods and are supposedly the strongest.

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2016, 08:47 AM »
I agree with all of BadRobot's points.  When I started with my 80/20 building, I settled on one size.  In my case 40mm stock.  Then kept looking until I found overstock extrusions of 2, 3 and 4 feet.  They were much cheaper than the equivalent in exact mm length. 
I also bought the counter bore bit thinking I would do it myself only to find that it was a 20 mm bit with a 20 mm shank.  Luckily, I have a neighbor with a very expensive metalworking mill and he does the few I really need.  The initial setup took some time because the depth and the setback for the counter bore needs to be very precise.  Since it has digital controls, he now just has to dial the settings in and go. 
I use the tabs and screw where ever possible and do the tapping and access drilling myself using the 80/20 jig and like BadRobot I like the look better.
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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2016, 11:43 AM »
I too made a tall Sys port using 8020.  I used their guick frame 9025 tubing and 9250 three way corner to build mine.  The 9025 has u-channel incorporated into the extrusion which made inserting the black ABS for the three sides and rear easy.  I used clear acrylic for the front door.  I had steel u-channels 16" wide X 12" deep with 2" sides bent for the shelves.  I made square cutouts in the 18 ga shelve that the feet of the systainers fit.  The shelf slides are 12" with 1" over travel that I bought on Ebay 10/$50.00 and I screwed to the uprights.  Every thing totaled, I have less than $200.00 in the project.  This picture does not have the door installed.  In the left hand rear you can see my first attempt.  It is made with 8020 9706 which had flanged edge.  The Systainers slide in on the flanges which are on the inner bottom of each extrusion.
« Last Edit: July 26, 2016, 11:47 AM by rst »

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2016, 12:37 PM »
I agree with all of BadRobot's points.  When I started with my 80/20 building, I settled on one size.  In my case 40mm stock.  Then kept looking until I found overstock extrusions of 2, 3 and 4 feet.  They were much cheaper than the equivalent in exact mm length. 
I also bought the counter bore bit thinking I would do it myself only to find that it was a 20 mm bit with a 20 mm shank.  Luckily, I have a neighbor with a very expensive metalworking mill and he does the few I really need.  The initial setup took some time because the depth and the setback for the counter bore needs to be very precise.  Since it has digital controls, he now just has to dial the settings in and go. 
I use the tabs and screw where ever possible and do the tapping and access drilling myself using the 80/20 jig and like BadRobot I like the look better.

The cheapest and simplest way to butt-join a stick (rail) of 40mm 8020 stock to the side of another piece (stile) is to put a socket head cap screw into the hole in the end.

Use 5/16" or 8mm fasteners and tap the appropriate thread. Then all you need to do is drill a clearance hole through the side of the other stick (stile) for the hex key to pass through. It's not adjustable is the only downside.

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Butt Jointing Your Lengths of 80/20
« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2016, 10:36 PM »
I am a bit frugal with materials, so I looked for ways to stretch them, so to speak.
If you can cut your 80/20 crisp and square, you can drill and tap both pieces, insert a 5/16 NC stud and twist the two pieces together tight.  I have stress that your cut needs to be perfectly square in both directions.   The plus is that you can create usable lengths out of your short pieces.   

 




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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2016, 11:03 PM »
I ordered some 80/20 that I forgot to have counterbored for the anchor fasteners. Is it pretty straightforward to do them myself?  I agree they look better than other connection methods and are supposedly the strongest.

I bought counterbore bit but I did not get good results.  May be I don't have a good drill press or it requires special setting that I don't know.  I usually use end fasteners but it limits the mobility.  That is the reason I came up with the second generation.  I just move slide rails up and down through t-slot instead of using counterbore fasteners.  It also cheaper too.

The only thing that adjustable is SYS AZ sliders.  Everything else is static.  So end fasteners are my best option.

I use counterbore whenever it comes with t-slots but I won't drill it myself. 

You don't have to use 1020 at corners.  You can use 1010 t-slot if it is more cost effective.  The reason I used 1020 is the cost.  I bought 1020 x 76" for $14.99 which is cheaper than 1010 in most cases.  The keyword is "overstock".  It is new with a bargain price.


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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2016, 09:56 AM »
@greymann - I had pretty much the same experience sans the handy neighbor w/ milling machine, my 20mm end mill is still unused as I figgered out belatedly that it was too large for my drill press chuck. As @BadRobot pointed out, where 80/20 gets really expensive is in the cost of specialty fasteners/boring/tapping/etc. If you can buy used/overstock you can save a ton but sometimes this limits what you can do.

I also settled on end taps in the 1515 ULS and drilling access holes, which works great and is cheap but does limit your ability to adjust something after the fact. All that is needed is a chop saw w/ AL blade, the drill guide and a 5/16" tap and you can do most anything.

To avoid the need for extrusions lined up with every drawer glide I opted to add side panels thick enough so the inside face is just proud of the extrusion, then mount the glides to the panel. Using 15 series this meant I needed a panel 25mm thick. The end product, mocked up, looks like this:



Here's a recent post with some more details, if you scroll down there is more trial & error info on using 80/20 with Systainers.

The panels are doubled up 1/2" ply, with an 8mm thick tab routed along each edge. I cut one piece of 1/2" ply to the exact size to fit the 80/20 side frame and then the second one 20mm larger in each direction, glue them together creating a 10mm long tab & then using a top-bearing router trim bit reduce the thickness of the tab to fit the extrusion. If you are using the 10 Series extrusion you can probably just use 3/4 ply and rabbet the edges to fit the slots.

The 15 Series extrusion slot is 8mm wide, and each face of the extrusion is 15mm. The nominal 1/2" ply doubled is just under 25mm thick so the face is ~2mm proud of the extrusions when installed this way, and the only fasteners needed are 4 screws at the extrusion corners. With the panels pre-bored for 32mm hardware you have decent adjustability for the drawer glides.

Hope this makes sense.

RMW

I agree with all of BadRobot's points.  When I started with my 80/20 building, I settled on one size.  In my case 40mm stock.  Then kept looking until I found overstock extrusions of 2, 3 and 4 feet.  They were much cheaper than the equivalent in exact mm length. 
I also bought the counter bore bit thinking I would do it myself only to find that it was a 20 mm bit with a 20 mm shank.  Luckily, I have a neighbor with a very expensive metalworking mill and he does the few I really need.  The initial setup took some time because the depth and the setback for the counter bore needs to be very precise.  Since it has digital controls, he now just has to dial the settings in and go. 
I use the tabs and screw where ever possible and do the tapping and access drilling myself using the 80/20 jig and like BadRobot I like the look better.
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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2016, 12:25 PM »
More pictures:

« Last Edit: July 31, 2016, 12:32 PM by BadRobot »

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2016, 02:00 PM »
@BadRobot  - Great update. I like the inset vertical extrusions, I assume they align with the holes in the drawer glides and now you can adjust to any height/spacing? Eliminates the necessity of having a horizontal extrusion for every glide?

Nice job!  [thumbs up]

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2016, 04:00 PM »
Love the sysport @BadRobot.  If it weren’t for my L-dollies, I would definitely consider it, but I do hate how much space they waste and lack drawers if not L-racks.

any chance one of you 80/20 lovers have tried to use 80/20 for panel clamps?

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« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2016, 04:10 PM »
With the addition of the interior vertical extrusion on each side, do you need the rear ones?  Could you not just make a framed top and a framed bottom to give you a large base for stability and connect them with four extrusions to support the hole placement in the drawers, further reducing both weight and cost but not compromising rigidity?

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2016, 04:20 PM »
The 15 Series extrusion slot is 8mm wide, and each face of the extrusion is 15mm. The nominal 1/2" ply doubled is just under 25mm thick so the face is ~2mm proud of the extrusions when installed this way, and the only fasteners needed are 4 screws at the extrusion corners. With the panels pre-bored for 32mm hardware you have decent adjustability for the drawer glides.

Hope this makes sense.

RMW

Think you have a typo there...the face of the 15 series is 1.5", not 15mm.

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2016, 04:40 PM »
@promark747

You are both correct.

What Richard was talking about was the fact if you think of the side of the extrusion... The piece is divided down the middle by an about 8mm slot. On each side of that slot is an aluminum piece that is about 15mm wide. So that from the rear of that slot to the front face of the side is about 23mm.

You are correct though that the over all size of the extrusion is 1.5 inches.

Ron

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2016, 06:04 PM »
Side view:

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2016, 06:38 PM »
I had some leftover Aluminum Extrusion T-Slots so I built a UPS / printer stand.  I have not put drawers yet but I put side rails in it.  Just need to time to make a drawers.


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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2016, 06:53 PM »
With the addition of the interior vertical extrusion on each side, do you need the rear ones?  Could you not just make a framed top and a framed bottom to give you a large base for stability and connect them with four extrusions to support the hole placement in the drawers, further reducing both weight and cost but not compromising rigidity?

Thanks for sharing!

I think you're right. A minimal version would be a squarish frame to hold the casters with the four uprights to catch the drawer slides screws. Then you could use two or three short pieces to stabilize  the tops of the uprights but the drawer slides themselves go a long way towards that.

There are a dozens of options at 8020 for keeping the uprights upright.

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2016, 07:05 PM »
With the addition of the interior vertical extrusion on each side, do you need the rear ones?  Could you not just make a framed top and a framed bottom to give you a large base for stability and connect them with four extrusions to support the hole placement in the drawers, further reducing both weight and cost but not compromising rigidity?

Thanks for sharing!

I think you're right. A minimal version would be a squarish frame to hold the casters with the four uprights to catch the drawer slides screws. Then you could use two or three short pieces to stabilize  the tops of the uprights but the drawer slides themselves go a long way towards that.

There are a dozens of options at 8020 for keeping the uprights upright.

Without the rear support, it is stable.  Just keep in mind that this is 1020 T-Slots, not 1010 T-Slots.  It is a lot beefier.

Additional, I have a folding MFT table hang in the back.  It makes even stronger since it runs horizontal between 2 rear vertical posts.  I will take pictures with I use it next time.

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2016, 07:48 PM »
@promark747

You are both correct.

What Richard was talking about was the fact if you think of the side of the extrusion... The piece is divided down the middle by an about 8mm slot. On each side of that slot is an aluminum piece that is about 15mm wide. So that from the rear of that slot to the front face of the side is about 23mm.

You are correct though that the over all size of the extrusion is 1.5 inches.

Ron

That's exactly what I meant, the slot is 8mm, each face is 15mm (X2), total of 38mm or 1.5".

Thanks Ron.

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2016, 07:49 PM »
@supimeister - what are "panel clamps"?

RMW

Love the sysport @BadRobot.  If it weren’t for my L-dollies, I would definitely consider it, but I do hate how much space they waste and lack drawers if not L-racks.

any chance one of you 80/20 lovers have tried to use 80/20 for panel clamps?
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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #33 on: July 31, 2016, 09:29 PM »
@supimeister - what are "panel clamps"?

RMW

Love the sysport @BadRobot.  If it weren’t for my L-dollies, I would definitely consider it, but I do hate how much space they waste and lack drawers if not L-racks.

any chance one of you 80/20 lovers have tried to use 80/20 for panel clamps?
Sorry, I don’t mean to distract from the thread... Something like this http://damstom.com/panel-clamps/
or this http://www.ptreeusa.com/clamp_panel_glueUp.htm

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2016, 10:11 PM »
@supimeister - what are "panel clamps"?

RMW

Love the sysport @BadRobot.  If it weren’t for my L-dollies, I would definitely consider it, but I do hate how much space they waste and lack drawers if not L-racks.

any chance one of you 80/20 lovers have tried to use 80/20 for panel clamps?
Sorry, I don’t mean to distract from the thread... Something like this http://damstom.com/panel-clamps/
or this http://www.ptreeusa.com/clamp_panel_glueUp.htm

Got it. At the risk of furthering the distraction while responding to the question... yes. I have thought about it but not come up with anything interesting.

Years ago I had a set of these clamps and you could replace the wood with 80/20 but that's all I've got.

And now back to your regularly scheduled topic...  [big grin]

RMW
As of 10/17 I am out of the Dog business and pursuing other distractions. Thanks for a fun ride!

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2016, 10:20 PM »
Panel clamps....you could thread eye bolts into the ends of two lengths then maybe use clevis rod ends but I don't know of any ready-made hardware to get you the rest of the way.

Offline BadRobot

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #36 on: August 21, 2016, 12:44 PM »
I converted the space under my workbench into storage organizer.  I just used leftover t-slot I had.  Only spent $17 for 1/4 plywood and time to cut it to size.


Offline Arvid

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #37 on: September 29, 2016, 03:28 PM »
this would be a nice rack setup in a van or box truck. nice and light weight and clean. something would have to be figured out how to mount it from tipping over. but i can see this design working well in a van.

Offline BadRobot

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #38 on: September 30, 2016, 12:33 PM »
This is my multifunction stool that fits Festool Systainer MIDI.

« Last Edit: September 30, 2016, 12:37 PM by BadRobot »

Offline BadRobot

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Re: 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion T-Slot Sysport
« Reply #39 on: September 30, 2016, 12:43 PM »
this would be a nice rack setup in a van or box truck. nice and light weight and clean. something would have to be figured out how to mount it from tipping over. but i can see this design working well in a van.

There are a couple options that you can attach t-slots to the floor or wall, for instance, Aluminum Floor Mount Base Plate.



I built the entire garage wall with 80/20 t-slot as skeleton.  Then I just attach or rearrange as I want.  It can reuse over and over again.