Ok well I'm working on some cad drawings for a welding table il be working on at some point in the near future. The problem is it's going to be a small in the garage style table that won't weigh anywhere near 50 pounds and I'd like something heavy so I can do some bending on it without the table moving on me.So without adding bulky heavy metal which will drive the cost up. Is it a good idea to add sand to the hollow portions of the table to add weight. I'd like any feedback because I'm a somewhat new welder with only a few projects under my belt.
I work out of a small 400 sq ft garage and space is also VERY limited; my welding table is built from 1.5" x 1.5" .125 wall square stock, with a 48" x 54" 1/4" plate top. Ive got 4 heavy duty casters on it so I can roll it around the shop and out into the gravel driveway.
This is not a "heavy duty table" by any means, but I do use it bust apart and rebuild LARGE hydraulic cylinders ( large pipe vise at the end of the table, regular vise at other end), also put large pieces of THICK plate on it for repairs and fab, havent had any problem with the plate deflecting or bending. The only problem I really have is when im busting caps off of cylinders... when youve got a 36" pipe wrench and a 8' cheater bar on it, the table likes to pop up in the back, just have to have a buddy sit on the table.
98 XJ- 4.0L, NP231, AW4, chryco 8.25, 4.5" mid arm 3-link, 285/75 Herc terra tracs on moabs, V8 ZJ tie rod, fabbed bumpers...
I'm gona do a sliding panel top so I can make it a solid or slotted top for clamping. When my cad drawings are done il post. But I was only gona use 2x2 8th inch and angle iron for the main construction which is light weight. My metal supplier sells by the pound and it's like 50 cents a pound . So the lighter the cheaper.
50 cents a pound is cheap! I pay an average of 85-90 cents and I buy 300- 1200 lbs at a time.
Remember that 1/8 inch angle sounds light and cheap but you need to use more to make it sturdy with reinforcements etc. A lot of times just using heavier stock from the get-go means less money and less work esp if you end up replacing it because it bent.
If you're on a tight budget I suggest finding old steel from a salvage or recycling yard and getting creative. If you feel you need to build off a cad drawing, draw your plans around the steel you found on the cheap rather than finding the steel you included in your drawing. Its way better to go overkill on a table because your welding projects will only get bigger