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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. I figured I'd share a crate I'm building. I got tired of buying crates all the time, and haven't really seen any that I really like. So I decided to build some myself. This is my first attempt and my proof of concept. All my next ones will be made out of aluminum. My goal is to make something escape proof and safe. No rivets or corners for a dog to rip up. No weak links for a dog to expose. So this one is 100% welded. I started out TIG welding the frame and floor. It was taking forever, so I switched over to the MIG welder to get the sides on. Next on my list is the door frame, door (going to use a full piano hinge and three latches), then the expanded metal to cover the vents and finally weld the roof on. Then I will decide if I want to powder coat, paint or bedline the crate. Here are a couple pictures of my progression. It's taking me a while since I'm only working on it in my free time.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 11:49 AM
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That looks really professional! I'm sure you could sell them if you wanted to.
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I like it, and it should last about forever. You can come visit and build me one if I ever get a house, lol.
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Good job! You've gotten much further than I did with my crate project. My parts are cut and setting in the corner on the floor of my garage for almost a year now. Are you leaving the sides as they are or will you add venting/holes down low?
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I can't find anything I like either. I one part of a crate and hate the rest, usually the price! I should work on drawing up plans to give to our best local fab shop.




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That looks really professional! I'm sure you could sell them if you wanted to.
Thanks! I've gotten a lot of feed back from people so far. Lots of interest. My biggest downside is time. I'm only getting 1-2 hours at a time to work on it. It's taken me two weeks to get this far.

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I like it, and it should last about forever. You can come visit and build me one if I ever get a house, lol.
Haha deal!

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Good job! You've gotten much further than I did with my crate project. My parts are cut and setting in the corner on the floor of my garage for almost a year now. Are you leaving the sides as they are or will you add venting/holes down low?
I'm not venting down low. I want this as solid as possible, and if a dog potties in it, I don't want it getting everywhere. The door will be much more open in the front for ventilation.

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I can't find anything I like either. I one part of a crate and hate the rest, usually the price! I should work on drawing up plans to give to our best local fab shop.
Yes! I was quoted $1200 plus shipping. So far I'm in this one $150 plus my time. I got a quote on aluminum, since all my others will be made from that, and it will be $260. Welding it is what's taking the longest. I just don't want weak spots. No rivets or anything like that. I have had board and trains destroy crates and destroy my carpet in two of my rooms. I'm tired of buying crates, and don't want my wife to beat me up for destroying the house. So building crates it is haha. I was a fabricator once upon a time. I'm very rusty, but it's coming together. If you draw something up, send it over. I'm curious. I think this is going to be an ongoing project for me of trying to find the perfect balance in size, strength and weight.
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If you can weld Aluminum like that, I'm sure you can sell some crates.

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Yes! I was quoted $1200 plus shipping. So far I'm in this one $150 plus my time. I got a quote on aluminum, since all my others will be made from that, and it will be $260. Welding it is what's taking the longest. I just don't want weak spots. No rivets or anything like that. I have had board and trains destroy crates and destroy my carpet in two of my rooms. I'm tired of buying crates, and don't want my wife to beat me up for destroying the house. So building crates it is haha. I was a fabricator once upon a time. I'm very rusty, but it's coming together. If you draw something up, send it over. I'm curious. I think this is going to be an ongoing project for me of trying to find the perfect balance in size, strength and weight.
1200???!!! That's a great price!

Not a fabricator but am a mechanical designer. What program you want that in? Revit? Microstation? I hate AutoCAD. I could pull out my old copy of Inventor. lol

I'm looking for a Honda Pilot and once I have that, I'll draw up plans for the car. I hate that the prefabbed ones have that huge slant for the back seats but are square in the front.

My biggest issue is that the spare tire access will be under the crates. I think that can be fixed with a little design change and still have the floor space.




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If I buy a crate does it come with a puppy???
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Yep you guys are on it! And then you can run little banners on the forum and market them, he he.

I like how there is just perfect Ear Clearance...
gotta make sure there's room for the Ears when sitting up!
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