Welding Table Project
I got a welder a while back and didn't have anything to weld on. I built a wood workbench, but obviously not a good idea for welding on.
Here is my thread for my wood workbench:
I wanted something light. All it needs to do is hold a few hundred pounds at most.
I started with a 220V Lincoln AC/DC stick welder (aka Tombstone). The welds looked horrible. I take the credit for that. I decided at my skill level I needed a wire feed. So I got a Hobart 187 220V. Much easier. I'll get around to that stick welder though.
Frame: 1.5" angle steel, 1/8" thick
Top: 2'x3' steel plate, 3/16" thick
Top Spacers: 1.5" steel strips, 1/8" thick
I had to find a steel supplier. I have never done this before. I looked in Google Maps and found Rose Steel & Supply Inc. They are located in Lafayette, CO. It's the northern part of Denver metro area. They're good guys.
I had Rose cut the angle steel to the desired lengths. I do not have a metal chop saw. I also had them cut the top into the 2'x3' shape. He said it was either laser or plasma, I don't remember. The edges were smooth though.
Here are the materials precut and measured twice.
Apparently, the angle steel is hot rolled steel which means there's mill scale. I would pay more to avoid dealing with mill scale. Here's the areas cleaned up for welding.
I used Harbor Freight magnet holders to hold the angle steel in place.
Here's the top and bottom welded up. I know, the stick welder beads look horrible. Once I switched to wirefeed, way better. Every corner has a plug weld. I also did lap welds where it made sense.
Now the legs go on.
And the frame is complete!
Here you can see the 1/8" spacers I welded on the top. This will allow the top plate to sit flush against the whole top of the frame.
And top is welded on to the frame.
After it was completed I learned it wasn't as easy to move around as I thought, so I might as well have used thicker materials. If I had to do it again I would use 3/16" or 1/4" angle steel and maybe 1/4" top.
At some point I will weld on casters and a handle. Also, I will add walls to enclose the area between the top and bottom.
It's very solid. For what I'm doing it works great!