View Full Version : Thought I'd share my welding table
I built this about 2 years ago but never shared with you all. It has a 3ft x4ft 5/8 top. Best thing I ever built.
A place to hide my junk :cool:
09-26-2008, 08:57 PM
Very Nice! I like the threaded holes for the clamps... great addition.
09-30-2008, 01:07 PM
Love it! How much you reckon it weighs?
09-30-2008, 02:28 PM
Yes, very nice, could put some set screws in the un needed holes?
It weighs a lot. The top must be around 200 lbs, all the tubing for the frame is 2.5" square 1/4" wall, and the sheet metal for the cabinet is 10ga.
I keep forgetting to get set screws for the holes. One of those little things that always get moved to the back of the mind. You would think I would remember after retapping the holes several times :rolleyes:
09-30-2008, 06:44 PM
very nice indeed:)
10-02-2008, 08:30 AM
yeah, that's really clever. All you need is some wing nuts so you can hand-tighten the bolts. The junk stash looks too organized to be junk. Nice work!
10-20-2008, 11:43 AM
Super nice. The clamps really make it. Great Job. Still looks good after two years.
10-20-2008, 08:50 PM
That's a beautiful job! Well done!...I would just use plain holes, because it would be easy enough to reach under the table to spin a wing nut on a bolt, or push a bolt or all thread up through, so a nut could be run on the top as a 'keeper'.:) It sure is good lookin' table!
10-23-2008, 09:55 AM
Wow - very nice! With all that metal, parts would cool quickly just by leaving them sit a couple minutes I would think.
The threaded clamp holes are a nifty idea. I wonder if there would be a way to use ceramic magnets? ...and on that line of thinking, the entire top could be transformed into a DC electromagnet with the proper application of a large coil and a very heavy duty rectifier (an AC electromagnet might cause odd vibrations). Imagine: arrange the pieces, flip a switch to clamp them, weld, flip the switch off to release. Hmm, now you've got me thinking I want to try and build one too! :cool:
Making the whole top magnetic is a cool idea. The only thing I wounder about if the magnetic pull is that strong it might have some weird affects on the weld arc. But you got me thinking ;)
11-15-2008, 09:19 AM
I simply put my bolts into the unused holes when not in use. I drive them in until the end of the bolt is level with the top of the table. I only have to reach short distances though on the table I made out of old railroad baseplates.
Instead of nuts and washers, I found some old "Star Knobs" made out of aluminum or steel for quick tightening on those "Step Blocks" you made.
Really Great Job there ! It ought to serve you and succeeding generations.
By the way, I have a 3' x 2 ' x 2" Steel Inspection table I bought for $50.00 with stand. It weighs 700#'s. F.Y.I.
Here's a website for calculating the weight of steel, rebar, etc... www.metalical.com.
Great Work Again !
"The job is only as hard as you make it seem."
11-15-2008, 09:31 AM
Awsome table, got me thinkin'...I do alot of ornamental work for the university I work for so I would need a much larger top but I like the threaded holes and clamps.