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    Welding tables

    I want to build a small welding table, about 3' x 3', with storage shelf below that would house my welder and supplies. Let's see what you have, or what you've seen on the web. What works and what doesn't?
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    I'm thinking of something along these lines.

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    That's badass, im just running a cheap ass welding cart from harbor freight right now. I love how simple this is and how awesome it looks!

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    Channel, angle iron, box tube, 3/8 plate, go!

    and of course heavy duty swivel casters

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    That looks good. A couple of things I might change would be no paint (easier to ground and won't burn), expanded metal shelving (no cleanup necessary) and a bit bigger so my things don't fall off the edge.

    Like it though. I am getting ready to build something similar myself as soon as I get my CofO for my shop.

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    The casters are good, but I am at odds with them.

    On one hand casters are great so you can move your table around the shop. On the other hand, casters limit the use of the table if you want to bend metal or torque on the table when shaping something. Not sure.

    I may have to go with a fixed table with no casters and then maybe a smaller welding table with casters to house my welder, etc similar to what you have shown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sicktacoma2003 View Post
    That's badass, im just running a cheap ass welding cart from harbor freight right now. I love how simple this is and how awesome it looks!
    I've got my welder on a HF cart right now as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by 69cj5 View Post
    expanded metal shelving (no cleanup necessary)
    good call
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    From experience building my own tables for my shop
    -1/4" or heavier sheet for the top
    -2x2.120 tube frame or heavier. Make sure it has some cross tubes to support the top and shelf adequately.
    -Run the tube around the edges, it gives a solid clamp surface and reinforces the edge of the table
    -Expanded metal shelf under for tool storage
    -a few scrap pieces of tube tack welded around the sides to hold your MIG gun handy
    -a tab of metal welded on the bottom near the floor to keep your ground clamp out of the way
    -HEAVY casters- I use 500lb rated casters, anything less seems to be overloaded when you have a project on the table. Make sure they're lockable/have a brake

    A few extras that are nice: a grid of holes cut into the top to use for fixturing or securing projects, small cubbies for markers/pens and possibly spare welder consumables. You could also add a few grooved hooks for hanging quick grips and vice grip style clamps under the table
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    You sir got this figured out, I need to get myself into a darn house so I can make me a table!

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    I added receiver ports around table to support vice, porta band and drill press. Easy to mix and match. Keeps entire top of table clear. Also designed retractable casters so it's easy to roll around, but for work, retract and table rests on its feet. Solid. Add a ground stud, a holster for welder gun, bracket to hold grinder, etc.

    There is a huge thread on pirate show ur tables. New plan is to add a tray that slides into one of the receiver tubes for a plasma cutting surface. Debris is then collected and not all over floor. Painted with hammer finish rust oleum except the top. Got heavy top plate from PDM.
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    At work theres a small 4x4 table with grating on top, underneath it has plate on the sides and bottom at an angle to catch all the slag when cutting. Useful for welding too.

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    Don't forget to put a big vise on it as well.

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    I saw one posted for sale on craiglist today. North Valleys.

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    Started on my table. The top will be 36" x 40". Had these pieces of angle iron sitting in the garage for a few years, might as well put them to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RARECJ8 View Post
    Also designed retractable casters so it's easy to roll around, but for work, retract and table rests on its feet.
    Mark, I'd like to see the retractable casters. Got a pic?
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    You could use some tubing for the legs and install some air cylinders in them with an air chuck and valve so you simply hook it up to the air to engage the wheels and when you have it where you want it dump the valve to retract the wheels. Install a couple of air chucks on the front of the table as well for air guns or die grinders.

    Install a 110v outlet in the front and a double 220v outlet on the back wtih a long cord so you can have both the welder and plasma torch plugged in.

    Drill some holes around the perimeter of the table so you can install a vice grip hold down clamp for cutting plate off the edge of the table.

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    Some progress on my table.

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    Looking good Denis!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis View Post
    Mark, I'd like to see the retractable casters. Got a pic?
    Just saw ur post. Will get some up this weekend.
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    Good ideas guys, will make a good winter project this year. Thanks for posting up Denis.

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    Thread revival... I built a table over the last couple of weeks and thought I would share. I am looking forward to using this vs. my original HF table or the floor.


    The runners are 2" x 2" x .120. The legs are 2.5" x 2.5" x .250. I used 1"x 1" for the clamp hangers and the shelf support. The overall size is 4' x 4' and 3' tall.
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    I put it on 5" 1000# casters for rolling around. the wheels have locks so it will stay in place pretty well. I added 2 3' extensions to hold longer work. Also clamp storage and a place for the mig gun on each corner.
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    I added a 110 outlet on each side with a 15' extension cord. I did not add an outlet for the welder but put in a hook to hold the extension cord.
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    The shelf is big enough for the saw and etc. The extension is adjustable in length and height. the top is 4' x 4' with a 3 1/2" overhang all the way around.
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    I cut the top off a Husky tool box to use for storage. Only enough space to hang one grinder on the side so that is a design flaw. C-clamps are on the other side of the tool box.
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