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  1. #1
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    Feb 2011
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    Default another table project

    yes I to am building a welding table. i drew up some plans and am underway it's going to be 36"x72" half 3/8" plate and half 2"x2" skeleton top. 2"x2" frame for the top with 4"x1/2" thick angle iron legs. and 1"x1" frame for the storage shelf. i'm using 1/2 bolts for adjustable feet.

    first issue i have run into:
    i have a 3'x3' 3/8"plate that is bowed about 1/4 inch on one edge what is the best way to compensate for the bowing? i'm considering welding a cross brace 4'' 1/2" thick angle on the bottom. maybe forcing it with a forklift and then stitch welding it.

    I'm stuck using this plate as my top.

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    Heat the plate on the bowed side along the whole length >( and then quench with water. That will draw the plate. It's not an exact science but it will get you close enough that you can hopefully flatten and weld easier.

  3. #3
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    Just read my post again and it could be confusing. Looking at the bowed end of the plate you would heat from front to back (or back to front, your choice)

  4. #4
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    ended up welding angle to the back side.

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    half 3/8 plate half 2x2" 1/8" wall tube

    2x2" 1/8" wall top frame
    4" 1/2" thick angle legs
    1x1" shelf covered with expanded metal
    1/2" bolts for leg adjustment / leveling

  5. #5
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    Looks like you did a fine job with the table. Well done!

    Gord

  6. #6
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    Looks darn nice to me. If you have the material and the time I would add a catch tray under the open part of the table to catch small dropped parts and to keep slag and grinder dust from accumulating in stuff on the shelf. But it is a really nice table, well though out and executed. Keep up the good work.
    Bob

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