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  1. #61

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    I am also for leaving tube ends (especially the longer ones) open extra versatility. I leave the lower tubes un-capped for the same reason.

    Table extensions, a place to put a crowbar or pony clamp, a tube of filler rod, whatever you need at the time.
    "If you build it, they will come!"

  2. #62

    Thumbs up A different Approach to your extentions?.

    Quote Originally Posted by EdZep View Post
    I built the table for which Miller has provided full plans (but, no plasma chute until I have plasma, and 3 x 5 instead of 4 x 6 feet). The 2 x 2 x 1/8 square tubing is open on the ends. I think I will eventually add a table extender to at least one end. This could be as simple as rails that slide out of those tubing openings, with an attachable top, or a complete unit that could slide into the openings to attach.

    One problem I've noted is that the inside tubing seams will interfere with sliding of an otherwise properly sized inner tube. How do people remove those seams? Or, maybe I'd have to use round tubing, as the seams are off near an edge.
    What if instead of spending tons more on different tubing, you made a 6" piece
    of channel to fit over the inside tubing,that could slide the length of it.
    On top of the channel/slide, build a sturdy pair of brackets/clamps to hold a grinder with the edge of the blade at 45 or 90 degrees.
    Clamp your grinder in, fire it up, and notch the length of your inner extentions
    on one side, or all four sides if you want.
    Maybe get creative and have the grinder clamps ride on large screws to vary the depth of your cut?.
    Yes, I am nuts, just thinking aloud.

  3. #63
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    Default My table

    Here is a photo of my table simple but serves me very well.I use this table for small projects and welding of jigs and fixtures for my bigger table. The bigger table is 4`x 16` and I use it primarily for chassis fabrication.
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    Kenny Compton
    Cuttin,Grindin, Weldin, nutten better
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  4. #64
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    Default T Slots

    I recently modified the base to one of my welding table (which is actually an older mill/shaper table).

    1) The table.

    2) The table used to be bolted to a 1/2" plate, which had four small steel casters bolted to it. I wanted to raise it up and add larger casters in the process. I just welded the new casters on; well, actually, these casters weren't new, but were recycled from a previous project. I've been really trying to use up all my "scrap" and inventory into shop-related items.

    3) Two fixed, two ridgid.
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    Maxstar 200DX
    Maxstar 300DX
    Dynasty 200DX
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    Spectrum 701
    LMSW-52 spot welder

  5. #65
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    Lightbulb T-slots continued

    1) I had to clean the paint off to weld the riser, which was a chunk of 316 stainless pipe I had laying around. The wall is about 1/2".
    Hey, I had the piece... it was looking for a new home.

    2) The cleaner.

    3) Zip it.

    4) Zipped up.

    5) Pre-paint. Waiting to be dressed up (but ready for work).

    I'll try to post pics of my other welding tables in another post.
    Thanks for looking.
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    Maxstar 300DX
    Dynasty 200DX
    Passport
    Spectrum 701
    LMSW-52 spot welder

  6. #66
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    Quote Originally Posted by pegleg1 View Post
    My small table I started with and now use it for cutting and clean up. I use the mounted grinder to cut and clean edges for welding and the swamp cooler motor for well you know... I saw that on a forum years ago with the grinder from a guy named Ernie L. ???????? I took the grinder that it was built for off because it was one of the H/F grinders and it would walk all over the floor if I was not holding it down and to noisy.... The De Walt is much quiter and more amps..
    Quote Originally Posted by 2002MIG View Post
    One of my first projects was to build a table out of some scrap angle and plate I picked up at one of those "by the lb" places. It's about 60" wide x 38" deep with a .25" top. Now I need a table to catch the slag from cutting with the torch, and I need to mount a post-dolly and bead roller, but don't have any space in the garage. My solution was to build a "work-station" for metal-mooshing. I welded in two 3" square horizontal tubes under my welding table. In these slide 2.75" square tubes with holes to lock into different positions in the outer square tube. These smaller horizontal square tubes are welded to vertical square tubes, which act as receivers for different tools. In the pic I've got a post-dolly stuck in the end. I can remove the receivers when not in use and store them under the table.

    I also wanted to make a cutting table for my torch, so I welded angle on to the horizontal 3" square tubes to act as a shelf for a frame I made out of angle. I also added some angle above the shelf to keep the sliding frame from tipping when extended. I filled the frame with angle, and now I have a cutting table I can slide away under my welding table when I don't need it. Ian
    what are the grate looking parts of these tables for?

  7. #67
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    Cutting. They support the work and allow the flame/plasma somewhere to go. When they get cut up or severed, they're replaced.
    Syncrowave 250DX
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    XR Control and 30A

    Airco MED20 feeder
    Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
    Smith O/A rig
    And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at

  8. #68
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    ahh thanks

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