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Unread 12-18-2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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Welding Table Project

Welding Table Project


Intro

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:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/s...oject-1451684/

I wanted something light. All it needs to do is hold a few hundred pounds at most.

Welders

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.

Materials

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.

01-materialsroughcut.jpg

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.

02-millscaleremoved.jpg

Building

I used Harbor Freight magnet holders to hold the angle steel in place.

03-jigged.jpg

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.

05-welded.jpg

Now the legs go on.

07-legs.jpg

And the frame is complete!

09-frameassembled.jpg

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.

11-withtopspacers.jpg

And top is welded on to the frame.

12-top.jpg

Penetration!

15-top.jpg

And done!

17-top.jpg

Conclusion

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!

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Unread 12-18-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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Looks good
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Unread 12-18-2012, 07:31 PM   #3
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Nice, that should serve you well.
I too scorched a bunch of plywood chunks on saw horses until I built my little steel table. Definitely add some casters down the road when you can.
Consider adding a cross bar for keeping clamps near your work area but out of the way until you need them.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 06:28 AM   #4
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I love that reicver hitch your table.... good idea, I have a scrap one laying around that now has found a home.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 08:32 AM   #5
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Looks good. Learn to cope the cross members so they are flush and it will save you from adding spacers.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 09:28 AM   #6
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Nice, that should serve you well.
I too scorched a bunch of plywood chunks on saw horses until I built my little steel table. Definitely add some casters down the road when you can.
Consider adding a cross bar for keeping clamps near your work area but out of the way until you need them.
Nice table! I like how the top plate is not framed out to its edge. It's thick enough to not need it.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice guys!
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