We made it how you did in 2017, and it ended up just making welding a pain.
Has your team had success with welding? Our mentor who did some welding last year is concerned about shrinkage from the heat. Our other concern with welding is that they do not weld regularly at his company so last year something needed to be welded, and there was not much shielding gas left so the welds did not hold well. For that reason, we think that for our team because we will not be able to weld whenever we want, that we should gusset everything, and if time allows we will probably tack the gussets.
This year, we got a Tormach CNC, an X-Carve, and we found an unassembled 4’x8’ ShopBot in the woodworking shop that we are working hard to find a place to put. These are all things we did not have last year and hope it will let us be more precise. Last year we built a new 2x1 cascade elevator that we welded and put together with no more than a tape measure, hand drill, and chop saw. It worked but would have been better with precision.