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#1 caseguy OFFLINE  

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Posted September 09, 2012 - 08:37 PM

I just wanted to share the weekend's project with everyone. A friend of mine answered the call when I asked if he had a largish chunk of steel that I could have to build a welding table out of. I knew that he had "inherited" a welding table of mammoth proportions from a friend of the family who had gone out of business and was hoping that there was a piece of it that he wasn't going to use. He brought a piece of the table down that was about 41" long, 22" wide, and 1-7/8" thick! At first I was concerned that the footprint was going to be on the small side, but as it turns out, that piece of steel was not only just right size wise, it also was about all myself and my oldest Son could handle weight wise! (at an average density of .283 Lbs. / cubic inch, I figured the approximate weight of the plate alone at 458 Lbs.!) With the addition of the legs and the supports and the soon to come shelf underneath, this thing will weigh in at almost 700 Lbs.! But just to be on the safe side I decided to bolt it to the floor too. I had intended to do so with one bolt per leg, but a friend (the same friend who donated the steel BTW...Thanks Alan!) convinced me that 2 per leg was a better idea. On to the pics...

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This is the table, almost completed and bolted to the floor.

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Here is a detail shot of one of the feet and the 1/2" wedge lock anchors that hold it down.

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This is a detail shot of the supports that will hold the shelf. The shelf will be made from a piece of 1/4" plate that I have been using as my temporary welding table while I accumulated the necessary materials and worked out the design in my head.

There are a few more welds that I need to make, and of course I still need to cut the shelf and get it installed, but the table is usable as-is. One day I hope to find a big, sturdy, old vise to make this table complete! Let me know what you think.

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Posted September 09, 2012 - 08:48 PM

Let me know what you think.


What do I think? I think you do really nice work Steve.
I also think it looks heavier than I remember it.
Glad it suits your needs.
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Posted September 09, 2012 - 08:48 PM

looks great and will come in handy more often than you think! :thumbs:
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Posted September 09, 2012 - 08:51 PM

Looks great Steve. Nothing better than a sturdy work bench or welding table.
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Posted September 09, 2012 - 09:06 PM

Perfect size. Can't wait to see the next muffler built on it.
You need a honking anvil to set on it too.
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Posted September 09, 2012 - 09:06 PM

...Nothing better than a sturdy work bench or welding table.


Yes it is definitely sturdy (and then some)! I told the wife that I know where we can go if there's ever a tornado!

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Posted September 09, 2012 - 09:07 PM

...You need a honking anvil to set on it too.


I have one, I just don't think I can lift it that high :bigrofl:!

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Posted September 09, 2012 - 09:15 PM

Nice table you have there! It ought to do the job!
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Posted September 09, 2012 - 09:19 PM

Are you going to drill and tap in a few locations, so you can secure stops, or hold down clamps?
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Posted September 10, 2012 - 04:26 AM

Steve,that welding table looks great,nice work. :thumbs:
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Posted September 10, 2012 - 05:45 AM

Seriously heavy duty table Steve. That shouldn't move even when hammering on something.
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Posted September 10, 2012 - 06:33 AM

Seriously heavy duty table Steve. That shouldn't move even when hammering on something.


Thanks Brian. That's the idea! I had a dual purpose for building it this weekend.
1). I've had the top sitting there for over a year now and just haven't gotten around to needing it bad enough to set the time aside to put it together.
2). A friend who owns a tool and die shop is building a tight radius tubing bender for me and I will need something "immovable" to attach it to. He believes that the bender will be finished this week.

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Posted September 10, 2012 - 07:16 AM

I was just going to suggest some holes for bending things, but I see you have that covered.

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Posted September 10, 2012 - 07:21 AM

Are you going to mount a vise on it ?

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Posted September 10, 2012 - 07:39 AM

wow !!! you lay a pretty bead Steve good job. wish my beads looked like that good thanks for sharing. John 3:16 in Christ bobby

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