I decided to start building a Lowrider as I have a Ron Paulk workbench and the Lowrider will make a pretty good accessory for it. Since there doesn’t seem to be a huge number of builds yet I think for phase 1 I am going to stick to the design exactly and later I will try to tweak and tune. The ultimate goal is to build something from Opendesk, but that’s down the road.
I started by visiting my local Metal Supermarkets and picked up some 304 Stainless round tube with a 0.065" wall thickness. They actually have two surface finishes and I went with Ornamental 600 grit, the other choice was brushed. It was quite expensive at $0.388 CDN per inch but it’s local and the service is good. I got it home and checked the OD to see what kind of tolerance I could expect. To my surprise it measured 0.875" on the nose. Whoops, back tomorrow to get the real stuff, I hope this isn’t a sign for the build, wish me luck!