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    I noticed some of your posts about welding tables and decided it was time to upgrade my little 3'x3' x1/2" table.

    I went to my local scrap Guy and picked up a 4' x 8' x 1" thick a36 steel plate for $190

    Only a slight bend in it. Anyways, I have some 8" I beams I cut to support and fully straighten the table out with but..... I am Out of beams to use for legs...

    What do you guys suggest to support a big heavy table like this? Scrap Yard is out of beams, and I dont want to shell out $$$ at the local steel yard.

    Basically, what would be strong enough to support 1500-2500 lbs when loaded?

    I was thinking 4" square 3/8" wall tube should suffice, any ideas?
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    I would use 1/4" wall and would still be plenty, that tubing is very strong vertically. I want to build a similar table myself but I wanted a 5'X10'. Nothing like having a nice large flat surface to weld on. I have been in a search for welding platens or "acorn" table as they are commonly known but don't want to shell the big bucks. I think you have to run across a person who has one and try to buy it. Looking at used machinery businesses they are very expensive and all beat up. Lets see some pics!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by swyman View Post
      I would use 1/4" wall and would still be plenty, that tubing is very strong vertically. I want to build a similar table myself but I wanted a 5'X10'. Nothing like having a nice large flat surface to weld on. I have been in a search for welding platens or "acorn" table as they are commonly known but don't want to shell the big bucks. I think you have to run across a person who has one and try to buy it. Looking at used machinery businesses they are very expensive and all beat up. Lets see some pics!
      I'll see if I can scrounge up some tube..... wish I hadnt brought 1/2 my cutoff's to the scrap yard a month ago....


      I'll get some pictures up soon, I need to find the digi camera... So far the table only cost me $190 + $30 for casters.

      On a side note, where can I find a humongous vise?

      I saw one on here that must have had 8" jaws, and weigh like 300 lbs....

      All I have is a crappy 5" columbian vise...
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      • #4
        I put in a little bit too much heat, and there was a little zinc still on the bolt but here is one of the 4 adjustable footpads 1" diameter grade 8 bolt and a 1/4" plate
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Badd00SS View Post
          I noticed some of your posts about welding tables and decided it was time to upgrade my little 3'x3' x1/2" table.

          I went to my local scrap Guy and picked up a 4' x 8' x 1" thick a36 steel plate for $190

          Only a slight bend in it. Anyways, I have some 8" I beams I cut to support and fully straighten the table out with but..... I am Out of beams to use for legs...

          What do you guys suggest to support a big heavy table like this? Scrap Yard is out of beams, and I dont want to shell out $$$ at the local steel yard.

          Basically, what would be strong enough to support 1500-2500 lbs when loaded?

          I was thinking 4" square 3/8" wall tube should suffice, any ideas?
          I GOT THE SAME TABLE AND I USED 3X3X1/4 TUBING ALSO 4X4X1/2 ANGLE WORKS GREAT

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          • #6
            not everyone has this luxery but at work our welding table is made out of 1 inch thick 4 inch wide square tubing for the base and the top is a old die base that is 8 inches thick and 12 feet long and 5 feet wide heavy duty

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            • #7
              how large is the foot plate ??
              i have a 5'X3-1/2'X1-1/8" (some thing like that) and i used a solid pice between the 2 legs on each end. not the best option for leveling but my floor needed the help.
              thanks for the help
              ......or..........
              hope i helped
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              • #8
                Originally posted by fun4now View Post
                how large is the foot plate ??
                i have a 5'X3-1/2'X1-1/8" (some thing like that) and i used a solid pice between the 2 legs on each end. not the best option for leveling but my floor needed the help.
                They are just under 4" I think 3 7/8..

                I ended up cutting up another I beam, and used that for the legs because Im out of square scraps.
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                • #9
                  Don't know where you're located but if you have access to it get some used 2 7/8 tubing from the oilfield. make the legs like h-braces. very stout and also doubles as you can lay tubing on the supports under the table for easy access. Hope this helps
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