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  1. #1
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    Default Welding table... another one, why not?

    Well I need a table for TIG welding (that isn't made out of wood LOL )

    So I looked up a bunch of different ways people were doing it, and I decided to try and keep it as budget minded as possible (which isn't easy).

    I am essentially building a bottom and then attaching a table top separate just in case the table top warps or I want to go with something different in the future. I haven't decided how I will mount the top yet but it is 2'x4' 3/16 A36 hot roll since I can't afford much more than that.

    The base will be inset 2" all the way around to allow for clamping room and possibility of adding a 4" or 5" vise as well. The base is comprised of 2" square 1/8" thick.

    Here are a few pics:










    I have a drawing of the dimensions I will post a pic of later.

    Total cost into this: $258.67 At the moment, that is metal only. (Although I did run out of wire last night while welding :-( ) More pics to come!
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    550,

    I have made several welding tables over the years and each one was (I thought ) the best and last one.

    But each new one builds upon the knowledge and drawbacks of the previous version.

    It is always a tough call to balance cost versus features.

    Champagne tastes and desires on a beer budget.

    I do like your idea of separate base and top so you can upgrade or modify later.

    This is your table - personalize it.

    Steel and welding are like clay to a potter.

    Always easy to rework although steel may be a bit easier to rework than clay which has been fired.

    Good luck.
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  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnt hands View Post
    550,

    I have made several welding tables over the years and each one was (I thought ) the best and last one.

    But each new one builds upon the knowledge and drawbacks of the previous version.

    It is always a tough call to balance cost versus features.

    Champagne tastes and desires on a beer budget.

    I do like your idea of separate base and top so you can upgrade or modify later.

    This is your table - personalize it.

    Steel and welding are like clay to a potter.

    Always easy to rework although steel may be a bit easier to rework than clay which has been fired.

    Good luck.
    Thanks, I figure this will go through some different iterations. I should have some more pics soon.

    It's a slow build, I have so many other things going on... and my TIG argon valve seems to be bad so I gotta replace that now too. It never ends LOL
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    If all you bought was 1 length of 2x2x1/8x 24' & 1 pc 3/16x2'x4' for $260 you should look for a new supplier. That is only about 140# so you paid double what I would pay.

    Maybe an expanded metal shelf underneath & some hooks to hang stuff. A bar running from leg to leg about 6 inches below the top for hanging clamps.

    Why not mount the top with counter sunk screws? Or you can just put a few tacks that can be easily ground off if needed.
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  5. #5
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    I bought 33' worth of 2x2 sq at 1/8"

    And then the top plate..


    Is that closer to what you pay?

    I will definitely have some kind of hooks, and I was thinking counter sinking the screws into the frame through the top. That maybe the best idea. Once I get the base built completely I will have a better look at it. (Especially with the casters on)
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    Default One thing I notice;

    You paid no attention to the direction of the seam…might matter, might not. Just something I noticed and something to think about. I know it is just 1/8” but drill and tapping it might have been an option especially with thicker tube. Not saying you can’t the way you did it, just might give you more trouble.
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