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Old 10-14-2013, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Welding table

Did a quick search and was surprised I didn't find much. Aside from huge industrial welding tables that weigh 2 thousand pounds and cost 5 grand, anyone build their own table for home use? I'm thinking about building a 4ft by 4ft table and am looking for practical ideas to implement in the table. I'm a beginner fabricator at best so I need something relatively simple but functional.

Anyone have examples of stuff they built?
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nope. Never been done before.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nope. Never been done before.
I figured I was the first one who ever thought of doing something like this.

Maybe instead of being a jack ass you could either stay quiet or post something useful.
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Maybe instead of being a jack ass you could either stay quiet or post something useful.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm very familiar with it which is partly why my post count is so low. Most of what I need to know can be taken care of with a search. But you would think that after some friendly bashing there would be something productive to follow. If there isn't anything productive then what's the point of posting?
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Brace the top real well, I'd go with 1/4" or 3/8" plate... whatever you can find for cheap. Put a vise on one corner, good sturdy legs, I like to brace the legs with angle iron or something similar partway down and then use the braces to make a shelf for holding cut-offs and short pieces of steel stock... Maybe a place to hang grinders and clamps on one side if it is your only fab table. I would make it so that they didn't extend above the top though so you don't go smacking them with stuff when you are sliding it around on the top.

What else do ya need to know? Build it how you want it. Change it if you need to. That's the beauty of fabbing stuff. If it doesn't suit you, you can always re-do it or change it slightly.

Here's one of the last tables I built. All scrap steel I had laying around. I like working outside and do most of my grinding and torching out there as I don't have to clean up a mess inside. I have electricity and air right there on the side of the shop. Welders, torch, and plasma cutter are just around the corner through the walk in door. 1/4" top edged with some 1/2" by 1-1/2" flat and has two braces through the middle too. Since the photo was taken I have added an expanded steel shelf where the braces are underneath the table. I have smaller sheet metal pieces stored there for quick access for small projects.

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Brace the top real well, I'd go with 1/4" or 3/8" plate... whatever you can find for cheap. Put a vise on one corner, good sturdy legs, I like to brace the legs with angle iron or something similar partway down and then use the braces to make a shelf for holding cut-offs and short pieces of steel stock... Maybe a place to hang grinders and clamps on one side if it is your only fab table. I would make it so that they didn't extend above the top though so you don't go smacking them with stuff when you are sliding it around on the top.

What else do ya need to know? Build it how you want it. Change it if you need to. That's the beauty of fabbing stuff. If it doesn't suit you, you can always re-do it or change it slightly.

Here's one of the last tables I built. All scrap steel I had laying around. I like working outside and do most of my grinding and torching out there as I don't have to clean up a mess inside. I have electricity and air right there on the side of the shop. Welders, torch, and plasma cutter are just around the corner through the walk in door. 1/4" top edged with some 1/2" by 1-1/2" flat and has two braces through the middle too. Since the photo was taken I have added an expanded steel shelf where the braces are underneath the table. I have smaller sheet metal pieces stored there for quick access for small projects.

Do you regret not putting in holes or slots for clamps? Half the tables I see have them the other half don't. Normally ill clamp my material together before I weld it but is there an advantage to having the metal clamped to the table before welding? Thanks for the input.

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you know that you should be searching and not posting and you are intentionally trolling up a fight about getting flamed?
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build the bowling ball one
I said before I searched and didn't find much with the exception of huge chassis tables. I'm not building a chassis but I want something more solid and better for welding than my wood bench. What the fuck is it with certain people on this forum who feel the need to go out of their way to be a douche bag?

I know I'm just feeding the assholes by responding... But do something useful or get the fuck out!
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A quick search turned up 245 posts with welding table in them. Here are a few of the better ones:
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/shop-...=welding+table
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/shop-...fab-table.html
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/shop-...ing-table.html
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/shop-...ng-tables.html
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank you. I did a search for "welding table" but didn't see those threads. There's some good info and some sweet ideas in a few of them.
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I'm in the long process of building one. 2'x3'x2" concrete top with a 2" pattern of 5/8" bolt down holes.
I chose concrete as I made my own counter tops and failed on one slab. So I used it for welding once and it's nice. No Slag or spatter sticks to it. Flat, smooth and hard! Only downfall is it is not conductive.
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I'm in the long process of building one. 2'x3'x2" concrete top with a 2" pattern of 5/8" bolt down holes.
I chose concrete as I made my own counter tops and failed on one slab. So I used it for welding once and it's nice. No Slag or spatter sticks to it. Flat, smooth and hard! Only downfall is it is not conductive.
Bad idea.

Get a torch too close or get it too hot and it tends to blow out. Not the best surface for hammering either.
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I'm in the long process of building one. 2'x3'x2" concrete top with a 2" pattern of 5/8" bolt down holes.
I chose concrete as I made my own counter tops and failed on one slab. So I used it for welding once and it's nice. No Slag or spatter sticks to it. Flat, smooth and hard! Only downfall is it is not conductive.
Stone works for an inspection table. Not a fab table, don't waste your time.
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There are so many threads on building welding tables.

Are you pressed for space your making it so little

Here is one I built out of leftover parts paid for by other jobs.

The only thing I went new on are the 4 1000 pound casters.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
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My only advise is keep watching craigslist the classifieds on here and other welding/4x4/mechanical sites.

I was going to build one and was on.... hell maybe here.... A guy was closing up shop and I bought an 8' x 13' table already built for $1k. The top is 1" thick and dead flat. I think the top was an old trench plate.

The only addition to it I want to make between projects now is lay out a grid and drill and tap holes in it.
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I built myself a nice 2'x5' rolling fab table to use for axle fabrication as well as general welding. It's worked out awesome, and I am definitely happy I sunk hitch stock into the surface.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/shop-...fab-table.html

I also left the front open so you can roll a chair right up underneath it, getting comfortably positioned is no problem with this table.



Cleaning, regearing, painting etc.
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Mine is 1/2" plate, 4'X4'. I welded a receiver tube under the middle front, then mounted the vice to a male piece of receiver hitch. I did the same thing with my tubing notcher and my bench grinder. I can remove or install what I want to use. Then I added a 4 receptacle electric box in the front corner that runs to a wall socket to power the grinder, or hand tools used at the table.
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there is a vendor that sells table tops with the slots milled in. He also sells leg kits.


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Here is our table we made. Went to the local metal recycler and found a stack of these plates. 8ft long about 3ft wide and 1.5 inches thick. Just the plate weights around 1200lbs. 4 inch square tubbing 1/4 inch wall for the legs. Works really well. It's narrow enough you can reach over it and work. We have added tubes on the side that will hold rods that hold the steel while your using the chop saw. And made a basket that slides in the tubes that catches all the cutting debris from the torch or plasma. There is also a rack under it now that holds scrap metal and a rack on the other side up high that hold all our clamps. This picture was right after we got it on its own legs.

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My favorite setup was a 4'x4' 1" thick blanchard ground plate, drilled and tapped for 1/2" bolts every 6", sitting (unattached) to a 4"x4"x.120 tube frame, with 4 casters.

Expensive? Yes. Worth every penny? Yes.
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I built myself a nice 2'x5' rolling fab table to use for axle fabrication as well as general welding. It's worked out awesome, and I am definitely happy I sunk hitch stock into the surface.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/shop-...fab-table.html

I also left the front open so you can roll a chair right up underneath it, getting comfortably positioned is no problem with this table.



Cleaning, regearing, painting etc.
That is awesome! I was actually thinking of doing something like that recently, except the middle section being slotted so I can drain the axle while it's on the table. I would think it would also work for spraying the diff with brake cleaner and have it run off into the catch.
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Several years ago, I did build a simple medium duty 4'x8' metal table I was going to use for a welding table, but it took up more space then I had planned and could dedicate to this table...so I gave it to my parents and they use it for an outside table. So 8 years later, I'm wanting to build a 2 or 3 foot deep by 8 foot long work bench table that I can work on axles, store my tools, cleaners, etc. and have it on caster wheels so I can move it.
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can get more pix, but i incorporated receiver tubing on each end of my fab table and two on each side(not shown), flush with top. have a bench grinder, vice, chop saw and porta band with mount each mounted to a flat piece of metal with more receiver tubing so that as needed these items may be inserted for use or removed. makes for handy mix and match of items and keeps the table top free. when/if not needed, just store as is or remove and set aside.

since table is really heavy, made up some retractable casters using some heavy all thread and a nut welded to top. so when need to move, crank up/down the casters with a ratchet and its effortless. lower down for a solid table. added some round plates to end of each leg and some heavy rubber below that to not scrape floor coating.










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top plate not shown, but had to use engine hoist to lay on top.


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My table is 5'x5' and the top is 3/16" plate. I have casters on it to move in and out of my shop at home. There is a storage bin under the top. Its made out of 2x4 galv square tube. I have storage on the side for grinding disks and places to put my grinders. Took about three houre to build.
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