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A sturdy top to place handles?

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by Brittanyan, 8 Sep 2015.

  1. Brittanyan

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    Hi there.

    I'm working on a pretty large project at the moment. There's one part of the project that is absolutely doing my nut in. I have a large MDF floor base, approx 50mm thickness, of which I want to clamp two protruding structures, that a handle can be screwed to. [​IMG]
    It's kind of hard to describe, so maybe this picture will help. Those two protruding structures are what I hope to clamp the handlebars to. My problem really is deciding on exactly how I'm going to model these structures.

    As the handles are designed to take a persons weight, they will be pushed back and forth a bit. Since the height of the handles must be at around 1 metre, I can see this causing a lot of leverage, and ripping straight through the MDF.

    I need a good solid method to stop these from buckling under a lever like mass.

    At this point, I'm thinking of building a support structure with threaded inserts of some description.

    My apologies for a vague post, I'm not really looking for someone to do all my work for me, I'm just not all too sure where to even start researching for weight bearing structures!
     
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    Looks too weak a design for what you intend, what is this to be used for?
     
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    It's not really a design at this stage. The image just shows what I need. Two points a metre off of a wooden base at which can handle large pressure.

    I'm building a platform for a dance video game. The hand rail is the aspect that is causing me the most trouble, as it's ultimately a lever that is required to take a heavy amount of force from a player.
     
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    Those uprights must be fixed to a wall, at the very least - maybe with triangulation onto the base.
    Steel structure needed here, methinks!
    John :)
     
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    Has this got something to do with having to press the brakes on an auto before it'll start? I've never had anything to do with a modern auto so I don't know, but my mower is like that. Blown bulbs would equal no current flow, so the brake doesn't get seen as being "on"

    Just a thought. It sounds crazy to me too!
     
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    Sounds like the right idea. A friend and I decided on a steel support structure last night. I was hoping something would be possible with MDF, since it'd be a lot cheaper, but in the end it's probably just going to be too weak.

    Might be on the wrong thread. :)
     
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    I think you probably need to learn how to weld!
     
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    Not sure it's necessary to be honest! The angles we're working with are 45 and 90 degree, and clamp systems exist that don't cost a fortune.
     
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    Where are the 45 degree angles? I only see 90 degree angles where your uprights join the base.
     
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    You mean to tell me it hasn't got brakes! :)

    Yup! Posted in the wrong thread! Sorry! :)
     
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