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    Well, here it is. After pestering you guys with a bunch of n00b questions, i finally did it. this is my first welding project. i have never welded before, just thought it would be fun to pick up an extra skill set... and i have a wrought iron gate that needs to be repaired.

    the frame is made with 2"x1" square tubing, i dont know how thick it is, but its the red stuff. top is 3/16 thickness and 2'x4'. With the top on, the table is 40 inches tall, I planned it this way so i can weld without bending over constantly. In addition, since the table is only 2 feet deep anyway, I wont have to reach over the top too much. All oxy/ac welded, as that's all that's available to me.

    As i read on this and other forums, since i have no chops, i shouldn't weld the top onto the frame because it might cause heat distortion to the top, so when i need to use the top, i put it on and clamp it down. it will also work as a barebone table when i add more slats to the top part of the frame. eventhough i dont have a "legit" table since the top isn't welded on, I can see the positive side of being able to choose and get best of both barebone and table with a top. unfortunately, the top is heavy when i NEED the top. anyway, here's the pictures

    it doesnt look it, maybe, but i'm a pretty big (wide) guy, this table supports me just fine


    here it is topless


    here it is with top on, clamps that usually clamps the top to the frame are not in the pic.
    Last edited by oxy moron; 03-10-2009, 06:02 PM.

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    Hey...GOOD JOB

    Now you can begin to get really SERIOUS

    You could drill thru the frame and table and thread the top so you could bolt the top on from the bottom. Then simply grind the excess bolt off flush. Then you can hammer/grind/vibrate and roll the thing around without fear

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    • #3
      BTW...nice safety shoes...are those for mig only or will they work for stick as well?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
        BTW...nice safety shoes...are those for mig only or will they work for stick as well?
        Oh no, the picture was taken a day after all the welding was done. I wear leather work boots when I'm welding. My toes are ugly enough without molten metal to... but then again, molten metal might actually IMPROVE the looks of my toes

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        • #5
          Dont get a toe complex. Everybody's got ugly feet.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
            BTW...nice safety shoes...are those for mig only or will they work for stick as well?
            Oh no, the picture was taken a day after all the welding was done. I wear leather work boots when I'm welding. My toes are ugly enough without molten metal to... but then again, molten metal might actually IMPROVE the looks of my toes

            regarding bolting the top to the frame: I was going to do that, as someone advised me on another post but I'm not so sure anymore. I was working on a wrought iron gate (40" x 46 ") the clamps that clamp the top to the frame didnt get in the way at all, besides, i can just move the clamps. besides, i kind of like the idea of having a "convertible" table. Put the top on when i need that flat surface, and leaving the top off for when i dont need it.

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            • #7
              Nice table, looks tall though. What do you have for a welder?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 57Belair View Post
                Nice table, looks tall though. What do you have for a welder?
                O/A outfit. hand me down stuff, old victor and craftsman torches.
                Last edited by oxy moron; 03-11-2009, 10:37 AM.

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                • #9
                  Oxy Moron,

                  Welcome! Nice work using what is available to you! A lot of talent represented here and many are willing to help us learn from there experiences!

                  You will go far with your ambition and attitude!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
                    Hey...GOOD JOB

                    Now you can begin to get really SERIOUS

                    You could drill thru the frame and table and thread the top so you could bolt the top on from the bottom. Then simply grind the excess bolt off flush. Then you can hammer/grind/vibrate and roll the thing around without fear
                    Another NOOB here....what's the diff between welding and bolting the top to the frame?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mvintx View Post
                      Another NOOB here....what's the diff between welding and bolting the top to the frame?
                      Welding you might get some warping.
                      If you need to remove the top, you have to cut it off.
                      Bolting it on and it comes off easy.
                      Be safe
                      Jeff

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                      • #12
                        Welding Table

                        Nice job on the welding table! It will serve you well for many years to come.

                        Take Care,

                        John

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                        • #13
                          All that practice with the oxy fuel welding means you are ready to step up to a nice tig machine!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mvintx View Post
                            Another NOOB here....what's the diff between welding and bolting the top to the frame?
                            Nice work.
                            Bolting makes it removable.
                            I make my tables 39-40 inches high, as well.
                            I don't like the back pain from a table that is too short for me.
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