Introduction: Welding Table Design

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I thought I'd share the design of the welding table, I just made.

I needed something quite versatile that I can use as a welding table but also as a small workbench / tool kart.

It's entirely made of pieces of steel I had lying around. The work surface is 1000 mm long by 547 mm wide, there are only 20 parts being used for building this table.

I have used it a couple of times now, I find it really sturdy and practical to use.

Step 1: Table Feet

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I started by making 8 of these plates. (The dimensions are in mm)

A hole saw, plenty of cutting fluid, a speed of 800 rpm to 1000 rpm on the drill press and you'll be fine !

Step 2: Table Legs

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I cut some steel tubing to length to make the feet of the table. I welded the feet and tubes together. I left 6 mm between the end of the tubes and the plates on one side.

Step 3: Worktop and Feet Assembly

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The next step was to drill holes in each corner of the worktop to slot the feet inside.

Again use plenty of cutting fluid ! And please be carefull when handling the drill as sometimes the holesaw just gets stuck if you put too much pressure on it ! Safety goggles, helmet, bulletproof vest... Be safe !

I welded the feet in place.

Step 4: Lower Frame

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I cut a steel beam in 3 pieces. (2 short beams and a long one)

I welded the beams together to make the lower frame. I also drilled and tapped holes (I used M8 screws) to be able to mount the wheels later on. I used a cardboard template of the wheels' mounting plate to make the markings.

Step 5: Paint

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I removed rust with a wire brush, vinegar and elbow grease. I then removed the grease from my elbows with some alcohol and painted the whole table with some special metal paint meant to be used outdoor.

Step 6: Lower Shelf

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I put a wooden shelf, which I secured in place on the plates with nuts and bolts. I didn't cover the side of the lower frame so I can use it to put anything and everything. I mounted the wheels. They are rated to withstand a weight of 150 Kg each and can be secured in place with a brake (which may be overkill but their larger diameter makes it easy to move the table around)

Step 7: Tool Rack

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I finished this project by making a 2 sided tool rack, which can be removed if needs be as it is just sloted in the legs of the table. Hope this 'ible will be useful to someone. Take care !


Sevens Lab (author)2016-03-31

looks good, I especially like the tool board. If your spatter is flying that far you shouldn't be welding

Tonysworkshop (author)Sevens Lab2016-04-01

Thank you. I agree, I remove the tool rack from the table when I am welding. I don't weld much, it's more used as a workbench.

Metalyc (author)2016-03-30

Why the paint? In my experience with welding it is common practice to tack your piece to the table to work (more versatile than clamps). Wouldn't the paint produce fumes from the heat and UV rays or have you defeated my thinking?

Also the tools exposed like that, won't they get covered in spatter in all practiced but TIG?

Tonysworkshop (author)Metalyc2016-04-01

Only the feet and the frame have been painted not the worktop it is just grease you can see on top when I took the photos. The tool rack can actually be removed when I am welding as it is just slotted in the feet of the table.

tritonbirds (author)2016-03-31

Why the paint? In my experience with welding it is common practice to tack your piece to the table to work (more versatile than clamps).

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