Quick post here as I just got my first order cut at SendCutSend, and I highly recommend them – it’s a great way to take a Glowforge idea and make it in a range of metals quickly and easily.
This project: our new garage has 2x6 construction, so we have deep walls that are begging for storage shelves. I wanted to do something quick and easy that would hold a lot of different stuff. After knocking out some cedar wood temporary shelves I thought meh, we can do better. So I cut a range of prototypes for a folding metal shelf with tool storage holes out of paperboard until I got to a design that functioned the way I wanted. After “installing” my paperboard versions and confirming the tools fit, I ordered two from SendCutSend. The guys were great, they actually contacted me and recommended a better folding hinge design than what I had submitted, I resubmitted directly to the help team and five days later the products arrived. Worked perfectly the first time .
I’ve installed the first two and am going to order another 12 with a modified design so I can clear all the small stuff off my work bench and get it stored in the walls.
Here too I have everything on wheels so I can roll them into the center of the garage when I want to use them and then back against the wall when I’m done & I don’t lose the floor space underneath!
I started with a 2’x2’ table, extended it to 2’x3’ and am getting their 4’x3’ plasma CNC table in tomorrow. Gotta figure out how to get rid of the old one I’m stopping at this size I think because steel plate bigger than that needs equipment to move around and that’s just ridiculous for a garage hobby.
Besides I’m still thinking about a Tormach CNC - gotta save room.
No brake needed, just folded perfectly the first time. Got lucky a bit – thought I’d have to send a few test pieces to get it right. $30 each for two of them, costs go down in large batches. They can get the down to $11 each or thereabouts if I order 1000. Obviously that’s a huge batch.
Great resource. There are also a lot of local shops that can handle little jobs. You may have to make a couple of calls to see who works in sheet metals, laser- cutting, water jetting, machining, etc. I’ve kept my local contacts for any need that I might have come up.