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Hi,
I have been planning to build a welding table. I want it to be portable but stable. I am thinking 2 wheels, just lift one end and the wheels kick in for easy movement. The dimensions= 30" X 36". I was hoping to add a copper plate for the top. Wow, I priced a 1/2" 30 X 30" plate it was $1,500. I down sized to 1/8 thickness and it was only $500.
At work we have 3 shop tables, they are all 72" by 24", each has a 1/2" copper top. We don't weld on them. I wonder if I ask my boss if he would mind if I cleaned up one of those tables and replaced the top with a more convenient metal top? :)
I am thinking thin wall 2x3" steel stock. Make the cuts on my band saw, dress the cuts and TIG weld the assembly.
Any plans on-line or do you know of a source for any ideas in this area? I would like to have a shelf for materials, something to hold all my welding accessories.
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At 1/2" plate, I'm not sure how movable it would be. :p

Mine is a cobbled together mess, but it does what I need. I put a plywood top on it and fastened some sheet metal to it, perhaps 16ga sheet.
 
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go to millerwelds.com and look under resources. there are several welding tables
 

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My first welding project was a table out of plans in a welding book from library. It works fine, but truth be told I use my HF mickey mouse welding table most the time because its so portable and folds up. My homebuilt table usually is buried in tools and the 3 ton arbor press. For $50 bucks the HF table has a lot going for it, its no gem but it might work for you.
 

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Yeah but I was hoping to make a project out of it. Really HB for $50!!??
I'll check out Miller's tables, thanks
 

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When I made mine many years ago I made it movable, stepping on bar makes the wheels come down and the t locks it down ,the legs lift off the floor, roll it where you want it step on the bar again pushing the t with your foot and it comes back down on the legs. Works good , I used tall lawnmower wheels , other end of bar hinges off frame
Not a great pic kinda messy
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Made a anvil stand with a similar design
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The top is 1/4” plate with angle iron support’s under it , with a expanded steel shelf in the middle.
You can kinda see the table in the last pic
 

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I made my welding table from scrap 2-inch tube I had lying around and 12-inch wide flat bar with a gap for clamping.

I used 10-inch castors and she rolls over anything even when loaded up. My workshops full of woodworking gear and wood dust so i do most of my welding outside.

It was actually my first time welding and what got me started with metalwork in general. :)



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Good ideas here, and there is a lot to be said for simple. The Garage Journal forum has tons of examples. Here's one I threw together many moons ago, based on a heave equip. guard someone gave me. I have a bells and whistles one on my to-do list, but this one has worked for almost everything I've had to do. Mike

That's my boy working in the shorts, something I don't do. Then again nobody should be forced to look at my chicken legs.
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I used a u weld it type fab table, great for fixtures to hold things.

 

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Great ideas!!!
 

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This was the very first "real" project I did when I started learning TIG.

Its 30"x36"

The frame is 2"x2" RHS and the top is 1/2" mild steel. Moves easily on 4" casters, without casters...not so much lol.



Here are some pics from the build

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Top half of frame complete



Top and bottom frames.



Plates cut and drilled for casters



Caster plate welded to bottom frame.



All four caster plates welded to frame.



Jigging the legs at 90* to the frame.



Assembly strapped together to tac into place.



Frame complete.



1/2" Slats welded on.



 

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Mr. Outlaw, beautiful job!
Did you partake in the adult beverage throughout your project?
Have you guys seen the Certiflat system? https://weldtables.com/
Looks interesting
 

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I’ve been wanting to make a rolling welding table cart. I now have a 1/2’pc 24”x8’ on top of my sturdy work bench that goes the whole wall of the garage. I want something so I can work 360 around it if needed. 7FA9C61A-6F8D-45A7-9607-B6D03267781E.jpeg
I got this at a auction for a steal. I really don’t need it for its intended purpose but if I pop about 50 holes in it I think it would make a perfect top. I just don’t wanna ruin it? It’s scraped and flat as it can get.
I have all the steel for legs and framing. I was thinking of making full length drawers maybe three or four. To store all the fixtures and right angle plates I have.
Tabletop weighs 1200lbs by itself. Framing,sheathing, and tooling it’ll weigh 2k. Have one or two projects to finish up before I start that.
 

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Don’t weld in flip flops, he’ll figure it out
 

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Besides a cherry in the ear, my worst was when my jacket was pulled up, and a cherry dropped and rolled down my stomach. It stopped at my belt buckle, and was burning real bad, don't lift the belt buckle....:eek:
 

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Arc welding slag going down the tung of your boot. Then melting your sock to your skin before you can say oh sh- -. No good!
 

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I’ve been wanting to make a rolling welding table cart. I now have a 1/2’pc 24”x8’ on top of my sturdy work bench that goes the whole wall of the garage. I want something so I can work 360 around it if needed. View attachment 266066
I got this at a auction for a steal. I really don’t need it for its intended purpose but if I pop about 50 holes in it I think it would make a perfect top. I just don’t wanna ruin it? It’s scraped and flat as it can get.
I have all the steel for legs and framing. I was thinking of making full length drawers maybe three or four. To store all the fixtures and right angle plates I have.
Tabletop weighs 1200lbs by itself. Framing,sheathing, and tooling it’ll weigh 2k. Have one or two projects to finish up before I start that.
I priced a 24" X 36" x 1/2" steel plate from our local metal supply. $235.
Steel is really expensive these days. You did well. Looking forward to watching your progress. Drawers would be great, tooling, welding supplies, etc.
 

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Mr. Outlaw, beautiful job!
Did you partake in the adult beverage throughout your project?
Have you guys seen the Certiflat system? https://weldtables.com/
Looks interesting
Haha! Adult beverages were consumed after the project, otherwise you risk just welding together anything you put your hands on.

I have been looking at the Certiflat systems since they came out but I never found any substantial reviews on them that would push me to get one of their kits vs building one from scratch. If you go that route let us know what you think.

Chevy
 

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I have a piece 3x3’ +- 1 1/8” thick I’ve been tripping on for a while , can’t think of what to make out of it .
I already have a welding table, anyone have an idea what to do with it ?
If your going to “all metal “ they are really proud , they think all there steel is gold.
It’s a little cheaper in the Bay Area
 

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Yes All Metals, is a bit high but I know it's better than online due to freight. I like to pick through their scrap, it's half price and changes daily.
Chevy, I ordered the CertiFlat yesterday. I figured by the time I purchase all the metal and make the cuts I will be saving money by buying this table. And, the good thing is I do the welding. It looks like a good table, I purchased a 24x36, the legs, some clamps and hold down hardware including shipping >> less than $550.
I'll share as I go through the build process. My TIG and I will become acquainted. I am going to fond some srap material of like size to get my settings dialed in before i make puddles.
 

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I’ve had my eye out for a 36” faceplate for a long time. I would like to make a rotating table. Abom on YouTube did a nice job on the one he did. 3’ 1 1/8 plate I would cut into a circle and do as I described would be perfect. I was thinking of having my friend grab me a road plate they use to cover when digging. Pretty thick but hard as hell to move without proper equipment!
 

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Cadillac, that’s the plate I have I think it has a 3/4-10 taped hole in the center for lifting eye.
I’ve had my eye out for a 36” faceplate for a long time. I would like to make a rotating table. Abom on YouTube did a nice job on the one he did. 3’ 1 1/8 plate I would cut into a circle and do as I described would be perfect. I was thinking of having my friend grab me a road plate they use to cover when digging. Pretty thick but hard as hell to move without proper equipment!
How would you go about cutting a circle out of it. I’m thinking it would warp with o/a I guess water jet but $$$$
 

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I’ve cut through 1” with oxy acetylene. My hypertherm plasma severes 7/8”.
Tack a pin in center put circle cutting attachment on pin and spin. If it’s a bad cut mount on rotary table to Bridgeport and clean up the edge. Water jet might not be bad cost might hurt though! Have them cut a 6” circle out of center so you would be able to drop shafts through or such. Man I want a big 36” faceplate!
 

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I recently built a welding table using some ideas I found here. The frame is made from scrap 4" square tubing and the top from 1/2" by 6" hot rolled plate. Each plate is screwed down with six fasteners into adjustable height stands. the top can be rotated to may different angles and the 2 front legs fold in to reduce the size of the footprint for storage. If I was doing it again I wouldn't bother with the folding legs. It rolls on 5" casters.







 

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My CertiFlat 3x4 got man handled during shipping, and has a slight low spot. I do like the fixture holes, and with the extra C clamps I made more fixture clamps.



 

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John you did a great job on that table. I like how you made the vise adapter and mount for the saw so you have a nice out feed table. Well thought out.
 

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I recently built a welding table using some ideas I found here. The frame is made from scrap 4" square tubing and the top from 1/2" by 6" hot rolled plate. Each plate is screwed down with six fasteners into adjustable height stands. the top can be rotated to may different angles and the 2 front legs fold in to reduce the size of the footprint for storage. If I was doing it again I wouldn't bother with the folding legs. It rolls on 5" casters.
that is an awesome table. I really like the ability to rotate the table for storage and versatility.
 

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Great table!
 
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