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    cheap welding table

    I was going to build a small 2 x 2 ft table but the metal supplier had a 2' x 4' x 1/4 " plate for 25 dollars so I decided it would be a bettter size and cheaper than if they cut it. I used an old bed frame for legs welded directly to the bottom of the diamonds on the bottom side. The shelf braces are the bed frame cross bar ends. To keep it from bowing in the middle I used 2 three foot pieces of scrap 3/4" black iron pipe to keep it straight. The wheels were from Harbor Freight 2 swivel locking and 2 straight.
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    Re: cheap welding table

    pics?
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    Re: cheap welding table

    Quote Originally Posted by trouble007 View Post
    pics?
    If I can figure out to post them

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    Re: cheap welding table

    Quote Originally Posted by trouble007 View Post
    pics?
    That is a plasma cutter on the bottom shelf. Airforce 250

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    Re: cheap chopsaw table

    I also built a cheap table with locking wheels (Harbor Freight) for my chop saw. Legs from bed frame and left over 3/4"plywood for top and scrap 1/2" plywood for shelf. DeWalt chop saw not from Harbor Freight. (Go figure).
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    Cheap chop saw table

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    I also built a cheap table with locking wheels (Harbor Freight) for my chop saw. Legs from bed frame and left over 3/4"plywood for top and scrap 1/2" plywood for shelf. DeWalt chop saw not from Harbor Freight. (Go figure).
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    Re: cheap welding table

    Just don't bang on your work table too hard or it might bend or collapse
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    Re: cheap welding table

    For light work it looks like a great table , at a great price .

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    Re: cheap welding table

    Your projects came out good, nice work.

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    Re: cheap welding table

    You could have used that plasma cutter to cut the plate into two pieces and welded them together for a 2'x2'x1/2" (your original size) table. Just an idea! Looks good though.

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    Re: cheap welding table

    Good work! I love re-purposing old bed frames! I'm making a cart with one right now...
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    Re: cheap welding table

    Great score on the 1/4 steel plate and the table looks good
    I like it when I see quality things built with recycles.

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    Re: cheap welding table

    Now that I'm done I think the 2 x 4 is better. The longer table is more stable and strong enough for my small projects. It's good for more than welding, like cutting wood or working on other stuff

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    Re: cheap welding table

    It's stronger that you think. If I'm working on anything too heavy I wouldn't be able to get it up on the table. So far it has worked out perfectly for my small projects, like a frame for my chop saw table and a brace for welding bottles on a very small dolly for very small tanks.

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    Re: cheap welding table

    Working as a professional fabricator, I prefer 3/4 or 1" but, if you are a hobbyist welder that is not going to put much heat to the table or welding and pounding the crap out of something, the table should hold up fine. Its great for welding smaller projects on.

    Im currently working on a project for a customer which needs a chipper guard for a local mill. The tolerance on the base is +/- 1/16. So for something like that, a level table is a must.

    Hope your table works out for ya! I hopefully will get a 1/2 plate for my table at home from work soon.

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    Re: cheap welding table

    I kinda like the size as is and it's heavy duty enough for my small projects. If I have a large or heavy peice I will work on it on the floor. I did round the corners with the plasma cutter.

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    Re: cheap welding table

    Watch out for fires with the wooden one. Nice work!
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    Re: cheap welding table

    I think 1/4 is fine.

    That is what I am gonna use with a good frame under it. I'm just a hobby welder and I don't plan on putting a dozer on it. Mine is going to be 4foot X 9foot so I can roll 4 wheelers, riding lawnmowers etc. Also because the 4 x 9 frame was already made. Just needed a top and legs.

    One day I'll makeone with at least a 1/2 inch top.
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    Re: cheap welding table

    Quote Originally Posted by JRobAcker View Post
    That is a plasma cutter on the bottom shelf. Airforce 250
    What do ya think of that plasma cutter? I'm on the fence of buying one.

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    Re: cheap welding table

    This model will cut up 1/4" steel, also cuts aluminim & brass. It has a built in air compressor. The larger models don't, you have to supply your own air supply. For most moderate stuff it does a great job. I don't know why plasma cutters cost so much??. It does run on 120 volts and with it's own air it makes it super portable.

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    Re: cheap welding table

    table looks like a good solution for you

    Not to hijack but about the plasma cutter, it's fine for sheetmetal, they say it will cut 1/4" , it will, BARELY. I bought one and returned it the same day , I bought a Hypertherm Powermax 30 and love it. I want a bigger one now though...lol

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