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Major metalworking in this shop

03/20/2013 @ 9:16am

If Lance Rezac never has to get out his sawhorses again, it will be all right with him. Before his new shop went up, that’s what he did every time to shear or to cut a large piece of metal.

“Yes, in our old shop, we didn’t have room for working with long pieces of steel,” he recalls. This is not a problem now. “Since the shear table is 25 feet long, I can cut 20-foot pieces easily,” he says. There are rollers to help him maneuver long pieces over to one of the shears with no trouble.

This entire center is located right by the shop’s fabrication area. “That’s also where we pull equipment in to work on it,” he explains.

The upright storage rack is formed by welded-on pegs made of 1-inch round stock. Inventory is stocked by widths of the flat iron; the widest pieces are kept at the bottom, and all widths are clearly labeled on one end post.

“If we need a piece, we just lay it down, shear it, and throw what’s left] back on the rack,” says Rezac.

A second center

What you can’t see in the photograph above is a second work station that sits at a right angle to the first. This one has an even longer cutting table – it’s a 40-foot-long surface complete with rollers. In the center is a 20-inch chop saw.

They wanted to be able to handle the 40-foot (standard) lengths of round or square tubing, he says. In other words, all the types of iron that won’t shear. The level of organization is impressive.

Another long rack holds angle iron and pipe nearer to the chop saw, where those materials are cut. There are smaller shop-built racks for the shorter lengths of rod and tubing.

“We keep the rod by the rod shear. I find that when there’s a place to put something and that place is handy, then things are a lot likelier to get put back,” he observes.

Uses leftover i-beams

Every bit of the entire metalworking center is made of salvage metal, says Rezac. The primary building materials were the 8-inch I-beams left over from the construction of their new shop building; the rollers are from a salvage yard.

He says he and two employees have about a day and half in this project, which resulted in the permanent work stations.

Rezac notes with a grin, however, that ever since his metalworking center was completed, “Now everyone in the 10-mile area knows to call me if they’re looking for iron!”

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