Welding Table Build

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"get comfy, get relaxed, get close and get positioned so you have the best view possible" would be my advice. The best of the best you see on YouTube or Instagram get right in and right close up. Seated seems to be a thing too - I have a little saddle stool that I like to use when at the welding bench.

For what it's worth, I quite like the bunny ear feeding you see Rush Kane doing. It's no harder than the other methods unless you've learned the others ways first!
 

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I will like to say nice job , you spend lot of time ... so great nice job . You just forgot only one thing ... you should dont have any thread on table because when you start to weld then you will block them with balls and that will be bog problem . Drill them and just use pin that all .
Check my topic where i start to build 2 welding table , and on ther videos you can se my other tables 4.6 and 3.2m long,. :)


I hope that your table will work for you but im sure that you will get problems with threads .. :(
 

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Yesterday I actually made good use of the new table. The project at hand was to remove some slop
in a balled joint on an old caterpillar. It looked like best best way to make a repair was to remove the
worn part and use the new welding table. That turned out to be really quite handy as the clamps on the
table held the part at various angles allowing me to fill in the worn areas using a stick welder. It looks a little
rough I guess but the slop is gone at least. The joint doesn't move much so I think it will work fine.
I'm sure I will find other wear problems so probably am looking at the tip of the iceberg. There was about 5/8
inch of slop in the joint so can't wait to move some dirt and see if blade control is improved. The slop would
allow the four way blade on the cat to rotate at least ten degrees making it almost impossible to do any sort
of accurate grading. Also the handle that rotates the adjustment screw was severely bent so straightened that
as well with a little help from an acetylene torch. If I have to do more of this, I may have to resort to machining
the welds smoother on the lathe. I will keep an eye on it and keep it well greased as one ought to do anyhow. P1030158.JPG P1030159.JPG
After the photo was taken I did do some filling and grinding with a flap wheel for a smoother surface. Time will tell I guess...
 

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2 hundred bucks for that table isnt bad at all!! Good work! I love to weld aluminum. Makes me feel like obi wan. Stick two pieces together that's when the fun really starts. My number one thing with tig'ing aluminum aside from making sure all the oil is off is just getting into it quickly with the amps. You don't want to sit around for long or you will just melt edges away and ruin the work piece. Once you get it down and know what to look for as far as an uncontaminated weld its easier than steel. Update us next time you practice some aluminum. Have fun!!!!
 

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Realizing that necessity is the mother of invention, I made myself a decent ground clamping station for the welding table.
I did have a steel piece of angle iron on the underside of the table previously but it was somewhat inconvenient so came
up with an alternative method. I used some scrap angle and flat material and a piece of brass or maybe bronze out of my
pail of brass scrap. I like it much better now as the clamp is easily accessible and out of the way.




The ground is bolted on through one of the 1/2 x 13 holes in the table so could be moved if needed. Also is a photo of the bracket
from the underneath side.
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2 hundred bucks for that table isnt bad at all!! Good work! I love to weld aluminum. Makes me feel like obi wan. Stick two pieces together that's when the fun really starts. My number one thing with tig'ing aluminum aside from making sure all the oil is off is just getting into it quickly with the amps. You don't want to sit around for long or you will just melt edges away and ruin the work piece. Once you get it down and know what to look for as far as an uncontaminated weld its easier than steel. Update us next time you practice some aluminum. Have fun!!!!

Thanks for the kind words. I'm gearing up to do some aluminum TIG work and just invested in some gas lens collet assemblies
for my WP26 torch so am excited to see if there is much difference in the welds. It's a nice day up here so will find something
outside to do today far away from the COVID19 scourge.:grin: Tell me, what is OBI WAN?
 

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Tell me, what is OBI WAN?

Sorry for the short, smart-a$$ reply earlier......

Obi Wan "Ben" Kenobi was a teacher to Luke Skywalker in the science-fiction movie franchise Star Wars.

My reference to "yesterday" was because March 4th is also known as "Star Wars Day" due to the saying "May the fourth be with you!"

-brino
 

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You're going to like the gas lens! I use them any time I have the room!

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Sorry for the short, smart-a$$ reply earlier......

Obi Wan "Ben" Kenobi was a teacher to Luke Skywalker in the science-fiction movie franchise Star Wars.

My reference to "yesterday" was because March 4th is also known as "Star Wars Day" due to the saying "May the fourth be with you!"

-brino

I was thinking it may have been from the gray matter of Walter Polk Phillips.:dunno:
Have a great day Brino!:)

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