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    Welding table height

    Does anyone have suggestions as to the optimal welding table top height. I'm about 6' tall and am looking to make a table. My shop space is limited however so I'd like to have a table on wheels that I could slide into a knee space under my work bench when not in use. To do this would put the top of the table at just under 36". Too low? Seems to me like it might be.

    If higher than 36" would be better, I'm thinking of some sort of built-in jack (hydraulic foot pedal, pneumatic, scissors, etc.) that could raise up the table top after it's out from under the workbench. The table top dimensions would be approx. 30" x 42".

    Any suggestions for design, etc. would be appreciated.l

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    Re: Welding table height

    Rule of thumb for a standing workstation height, is 6-10" below the operator's elbow.

    I'm 6'-2" and I built my table to be 42" high. IMO, it's a bit (2") too high. If I ever have some free time, I plan to cut it down and re-weld the frame to have the top surface at 40" (or 8" below my elbow).
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    Re: Welding table height

    I would go lower than both of those especially if you are doing TIG and want to sit in a chair/stool. Should be slightly higher than a standard desk height.
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    In this article, Lincoln calls for 36" legs. Depending on the type of welding, as Imagineer pointed out, you want a table that is comfortable for you. Mine is about waist high and is comfortable for anything I do.

    edit: darn, forgot the link: http://www.lincolnelectric.com/knowl...ldingtable.asp

    I would suggest trying it out with a mock-up table of some cardboard first and see where you're most comfortable.
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    Re: Welding table height

    I also did the elbow distance measurement and it is perfect for me 6'-3".
    I hate leaning over (kills my back). I TIG fine at my bench as well using a stool.
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    Re: Welding table height

    Well, it depends.

    It depends a LOT on what kind of things you are working on. If you are working on flat plates or things without much height to them, then make the tabletop the comfortable height for you.

    If you are working on things with height to them, then you want the thing to be at a comfortable height to work on when it's on the table.

    It depends on if you are sitting or standing at the table. If you are sitting, it depends a bit on the height of the seat.

    It depends.

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    Re: Welding table height

    I've sat in front.behind..underneeth many welding tables that are nowhere's near the same height as each other..
    Some even in the same shop..


    I just find the appropriate stool and have at it..

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    Re: Welding table height

    How about making it belt hieght so when the grinder comes flying off at you it hits you in the belt. Or you could make it 6'10" under your elbow.

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    Re: Welding table height

    I think mine is about even with my belt...when I'm not welding in my shorts.
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    Re: Welding table height

    Thanks to you all for the insightful (and humorous) responses. Based on what I have heard, I think a table that will slide under my workbench with some braking casters will probably do the trick. Should hit about middle of the "elbow" range.

    Any suggestions on top thickness? I'll probably be fabbing up tractor stuff, i.e. 1/4, 3/8, occasional 1/2 inch stock. I'm thinking 3/8" would work but should I really try to "find" (at Ernie's junkyard) or "buy" (gulp) 1/2"? And what about the half and half welding/cutting tables. I don't have a plasma right now, but I'm kinda digging this stuff so is this cutting side something I should design in? Maybe with a second removable welding top over the cutting area?

    BTW, I really like my HTP 2400 MIG.

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    Re: Welding table height

    Thicker is better all the way around..

    Big stuff like you want to do will need "persuasion" here and there eventually..
    And you need metal thicker than what you will be dealing with on a regular basis if lots of clamping will be invloved..

    Something has to give..

    Not the table..

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    Re: Welding table height

    Good advice Zap...Thanks

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    Re: Welding table height

    I just measured the heighth of mine...32".

    I bought a 1/2" steel plate for mine through a guy on Ebay. 50" x 34"..was $150 with me picking it up. That thing is HEAVY!!!!
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    Re: Welding table height

    That seems like a great price to me. I recall paying $100 for 1/8" in a 24 x 36 size and some odd pieces. Of course, I was probably paying full retail back then.
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    Re: Welding table height

    What he does is have you calculate your weight after you add 2 inches to each dimension and then multiply by $0.63/lb.

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    Re: Welding table height

    Quote Originally Posted by bruceb
    That thing is HEAVY!!!!
    No doubt. I brought my 37" x 73" x 1/2" thick steel top home in a '96 Chrysler Town & Country.

    The mini-van makes strange sounds now that it didn't before!
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    Re: Welding table height

    That is a great table! I think it was commented on before. Did you drill all those set or mock-up holes, or did the metal shop?
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    Re: Welding table height

    Quote Originally Posted by MicroZone
    That is a great table! I think it was commented on before. Did you drill all those set or mock-up holes, or did the metal shop?
    I did it using a Milwaukee magnetic base portable drill press. First I drilled a 3/8" pilot hole and then, without moving the drill press, changed bits, slowed the motor and drilled a 5/8" hole. All total, it took about 12 hours.

    If I had to do it again, I'd go with 1/2" or 17/32" holes. At 5/8", there's too much clearance around the mounting studs on the toggle clamps.
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    Re: Welding table height

    Wow, no kidding - lots of holes, lots of time...that's what I figured. Looks great!
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    Re: Welding table height

    Here is a different angle. I have this low one about 24 inches. Can work on tall stuff and also set on a stool for most other things.
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    Re: Welding table height

    I got a piece of 1/2" plate for my table top. For bracing underneath, what would you recommend as far as stock size to use and spacing of the supports?

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    Re: Welding table height

    For my 50" x 34" I just have it supported in 4 corners. Each corner is supported by a 3 inch round pad around 5 inches in from the edge. My table frame is from an integrated circuit lab table. I will not be welding anything very heavy on it. As of now, it is perfectly flat. If I was going to be putting much weight on it, I would be adding more support.
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    Re: Welding table height

    Has anyone ever made a folding welding table? I'm really really limited with space and need something but need to be able to fold it up.

    Thought the lower table with fold out legs would be easier. Just need a small piece to attach to the bottom and then bolt them in...

    Thoughts?

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    Re: Welding table height

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    Re: Welding table height

    Quote Originally Posted by chinesebob View Post
    Has anyone ever made a folding welding table?
    I did last year. Not a big one, with a 24" x 48" x 25/32" plate, about 37" high (I'm slightly over 5' 11"). Tubing is 2" x 2" x 0.2".
    To fold the table up I strap it to two small channels on a wall and lift it with a hydraulic ram from a cherry picker.
    The pics of the table in the "up" position were made before the plate has been attached and before the paint job.

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