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Old 01-19-2021, 02:03 PM   #1
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Built a new welding table over the weekend so I can more easily handle larger builds.

I used 3/16ths plate for the top and dimensions are 31" X 5Ft. ~$75

The total height is 33"

Total build cost is ~$160.

The caster wheels are 5" tall and cost ~ $50
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Old 01-19-2021, 02:06 PM   #2
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Very nicely done, I made one like that and mounted a chip saw on it so I could do projects outside. Very handy
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Old 01-19-2021, 02:10 PM   #3
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Looks good. Your “larger builds” are apparently smaller than my “small builds”. :-).
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Old 01-19-2021, 02:16 PM   #4
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Very nice, mine is pretty similar. That thing will last you forever.
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Old 01-19-2021, 02:21 PM   #5
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Built a new welding table over the weekend so I can more easily handle larger builds.

I used 3/16ths plate for the top and dimensions are 31" X 5Ft. ~$75

The total height is 33"

Total build cost is ~$160.

The caster wheels are 5" tall and cost ~ $50
is that angle or square tubing?
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Old 01-19-2021, 02:24 PM   #6
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Looks good!
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Old 01-19-2021, 03:50 PM   #7
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is that angle or square tubing?
2" box tubing for legs and top supports and 1.5" angle on the bottom where the expanded is.
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Old 01-19-2021, 03:52 PM   #8
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I like it!
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Old 01-19-2021, 07:20 PM   #9
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2" box tubing for legs and top supports and 1.5" angle on the bottom where the expanded is.


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Old 01-19-2021, 07:24 PM   #10
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Looks good. I need to build me one.
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Old 01-19-2021, 07:42 PM   #11
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Nice
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Old 01-19-2021, 07:45 PM   #12
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Looks great!
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Old 01-20-2021, 09:55 AM   #13
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Nice job!! Wish i was a better metal fabricator/welder!!
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Old 01-20-2021, 06:02 PM   #14
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Looks good you might want to put an angle or square tube under the edges of you table top will help stiffen it and protect you from the edges another thought maybe round the corners
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Old 01-20-2021, 08:46 PM   #15
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I really think you are going to have to frame out the outer edges with some angle. Between working and the heat you will put into it, I'm afraid it will warp and bend badly.
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Old 01-20-2021, 09:06 PM   #16
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I like that
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Old 01-21-2021, 09:23 AM   #17
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I really think you are going to have to frame out the outer edges with some angle. Between working and the heat you will put into it, I'm afraid it will warp and bend badly.
I appreciate the advice and had planned on doing this next as well as a few other things.
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Old 01-21-2021, 09:59 AM   #18
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Looks good, now you just need to throw a bench vise or two on it
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Old 01-21-2021, 10:20 AM   #19
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This is exactly what i need to build!
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Old 01-21-2021, 05:51 PM   #20
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Great looking project, good design and good build. Post pics of it in use, should be real handy, good luck.
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Old 01-22-2021, 05:29 PM   #21
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Put yourself a piece of square tubing at the upper corner of one end of the table and then secure a piece of tubing to a bench vise....like a receiver hitch. That way, when you need a vise, you can put it in place and secure it for use. When you don't need one, you can have it on the shelf, where it is out of the way of projects.
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Old 01-22-2021, 05:38 PM   #22
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Put yourself a piece of square tubing at the upper corner of one end of the table and then secure a piece of tubing to a bench vise....like a receiver hitch. That way, when you need a vise, you can put it in place and secure it for use. When you don't need one, you can have it on the shelf, where it is out of the way of projects.
That is an incredible idea! Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2021, 06:32 PM   #23
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You can do the same thing with a grinder and have it sitting on the shelf down below as well.
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Old 01-23-2021, 12:07 PM   #24
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You can do the same thing with a grinder and have it sitting on the shelf down below as well.
Thats the first thing I thought of when you first mentioned this. I hate a cluttered table with permanent obstacles when building. Thanks again!
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Old 01-23-2021, 12:50 PM   #25
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Put something von those corners
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Old 01-23-2021, 05:45 PM   #26
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Great table design and it will come in extremely handy, will save your back a bunch if you have been working on the ground, like I did for years.

I think over time you will be looking to replace the top with at least 1/2" plate. As already mentioned the 3/16" will not hold up to much hammering or heat input even with the extra support frame you intend to add.

I built one a few years ago and learned that a heavier top is what is needed.
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Old 01-23-2021, 07:00 PM   #27
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Thats the first thing I thought of when you first mentioned this. I hate a cluttered table with permanent obstacles when building. Thanks again!
At work, we have several items setup that way and they each have a spot on the wall that the tubing base slides into so that they're off the bottom of the bench and a little more accessible w/out stooping over.

It's a great way to store and utilize stuff.
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Old 01-25-2021, 10:30 AM   #28
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Great table design and it will come in extremely handy, will save your back a bunch if you have been working on the ground, like I did for years.

I think over time you will be looking to replace the top with at least 1/2" plate. As already mentioned the 3/16" will not hold up to much hammering or heat input even with the extra support frame you intend to add.

I built one a few years ago and learned that a heavier top is what is needed.

I appreciate everyone's input here, but help me understand.
I understand how heavy Hammering could bend it and that is why I would only hammer where there is a 5" overhang, but why wouldn't it hold up to the heat?

BTW I am using a Miller 211 MIG

I built this table on top of 1/8" thick plate that was sitting on 2 saw horses.
Nothing bent on that skinny plate.
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Old 01-25-2021, 11:15 PM   #29
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Great looking table.
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Old 01-26-2021, 10:47 PM   #30
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I appreciate everyone's input here, but help me understand.
I understand how heavy Hammering could bend it and that is why I would only hammer where there is a 5" overhang, but why wouldn't it hold up to the heat?

BTW I am using a Miller 211 MIG

I built this table on top of 1/8" thick plate that was sitting on 2 saw horses.
Nothing bent on that skinny plate.
As you get into bigger and more complex projects you will likely need to weld jigs and such to the table to top to facilitate heating and bending material. That plate thickness will start to move over time and you will no longer have a nice flat surface to work with.
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Old 01-27-2021, 07:49 AM   #31
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As you get into bigger and more complex projects you will likely need to weld jigs and such to the table to top to facilitate heating and bending material. That plate thickness will start to move over time and you will no longer have a nice flat surface to work with.
Makes sense.
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Old 01-27-2021, 11:08 AM   #32
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Like this. I happen to be making a new grate for my fireplace and am bending 1/2 square bar. Even though its red hot, it still takes some force to bend it around that pivot point.





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I like it
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Old 02-17-2021, 10:57 PM   #34
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Solid job. Should be very helpful with projects.
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