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Old 04-02-2013, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wanting to build a metal topped rail, and was wondering if you could take a 2X4 and on each side put a 2 in. by 2 in. Angle Iron. How well would a snowboard slide on Angle Iron if it was washed down, maybe waxed. Thanks!

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Old 04-02-2013, 02:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Trying to picture what you are doing, but just so you know a 2x4 is actually 1.5"x3.5". Your two sets 2" angle iron would overlap if you trying to do what I think you are trying to do....I think I explained that right.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ah yes, you're right. I almost forgot to put that into the equation.... which means I would need 2 1 3/4 in angle irons... right? Thanks! I was just wondering how well iron angles would slide.
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Skateboard? Just fine. Little wax if needed, the more you use it the better it will silde/grind.
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WOOPS! Didn't mean to say skateboard. meant snowboard, sorry.
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I'd get 1/4 inch flat bar and lay it on top. Round the edges a bit with an angle grinder and it'll be good to go. It's cheaper than angle iron and you can get one piece 3-4 inches wide.
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Hmm.... would I glue on the flat bar like I would the Angle Steel? Because I can afford a 2 6 ft. Long Angle Steels, only like 40$. Just got to do some work.
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Countersink and screw it in. I use flat bar for the sides of my box. Angle irons aren't square through the bend so when you lay them on you have to screw them in from the top anyways. If you screw them in from the sides it'll push the tops up as it tightens.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Why not just get a 2x4" square rail? something like these.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Casual, I definitely would, but the issue is my lack of a welder, I don't know how else to put legs on those things. Welders are really expensive too...
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