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It's inevitable. Any welding table that gets some use will get splatter on it at some point. Thankfully, its an easy problem to take care of , and you will have your level welding surface back in no time.  Of course, the best solution is to prevent it from happening by using plenty of Anti-Splatter before you start welding. But when it's too late, this instructable is here to walk you through the steps.

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Step 1: Tools and Supplies

Your going to need a few basic tools, but nothing that is too hard to come by.

Tools
  • Angle grinder
  • Flap disc
  • Grinding disc
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Safety Glasses
  • Leather Gloves
  • Hearing protection (recommended)

Step 2: Using a Chisel

There are a few different ways of cleaning up your table depending on the severity and frequency of splatter. The simplest way would be to use a hammer and a chisel. This method will work on most small splatter, but will take a little longer if you have a lot of table to clean up.

Simply place the chisel point at the edge of the splatter you are trying to remove.  The chisel should be at about a 35 degree angle to prevent it from digging into the table itself.  Once the chisel is properly place, tap the end of it with a hammer. This shouldn't take a lot of force.  If you are unsure, try a very light tap at first, then try keep trying stronger taps until the splatter breaks off.

Make sure to you wear safety glasses.
 
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valveman1 year ago
Great tips thanks. Nice Stronghand table.
pfred22 years ago
Maybe you can use anti-splatter spray on your table? I have a can of it for my MIG welder. Cooking spray might work too? If it were me I know I'd try to find some kind of a remedy. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

I have an ancient drill press base I use as a welding surface. It is cast iron, and has sort of a corduroy pattern on it. It is pretty rusty too. For whatever reasons splatter really doesn't stick to it all that well. If anything sticks I can knock it off with a paint scraper.

Maybe if you oxidized your table top it'd stop splatter from sticking so good to your table? Pickle it or something. There has to be something you can do.
Ian.TSSJ (author)  pfred22 years ago
Definitely a great suggestion, I am gonna steal one from your book and put a little tip into the intro about this.

Thanks Pfred2!
pfred2 Ian.TSSJ2 years ago
Grinding that table looks like it could turn into a real grind after a while to me ...
I've used Pam with good results. Yes, it does smell when you start heating it up, but I find that it's pretty common practice among welders.
Smells like Ma's home cooking! I'd have just come right out and said it, but I kind of wanted to do a logical progression sort of a thing.

Bottom line is if you don't want weld to stick so good, then dirty it up some!
If you need to keep your metal REALLY clean - like prior to spray painting etc.. apply a thin coat of clear lacquer or shellac to the bench.

Or if it does not really matter, a wipe with an oily rag.
allen_idaho2 years ago
Normally I just take a large 9-inch angle grinder and run it flat over the table surface. This usually knocks off loose slag and grinds off the harder stuff, all without cutting divots or dimples into the table surface.