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    Slat style table top question...

    For those of you that built a table with a top made of flat bars or slats if you will...

    What kind of spacing between the bars would you use if you were to build it again? What pros/cons are there to wider spacing vs. closer spacing?

    My idea is a 50" wide table maybe 60 or 70 inches long made with 3/4 or 5/8 x ~6" slats placed maybe 2" apart to allow room for all the different clamps I may use...

    I've been getting enough odd jobs to justify the cost.

    I apologize for bringing up a dead horse but the search function sucks for me.
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    Re: Slat style table top question...

    spacing for your clamps, too wide larger stuff falls thru also
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    Re: Slat style table top question...

    I've seen (here, I think) tables like you describe, except the "slats" were made from pieces of c-channel rather than flat bar. Looked real sturdy and stable to me. Plus, the flanges on the pieces of c-channel would help hold clamps in place while you were fixturing/jigging your workpieces.

    Do a google image search and you should be able to find similar.

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    Re: Slat style table top question...

    As others said...I used my clamps to decide width...and height...

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    Slat style table top question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin View Post
    I've seen (here, I think) tables like you describe, except the "slats" were made from pieces of c-channel rather than flat bar. Looked real sturdy and stable to me. Plus, the flanges on the pieces of c-channel would help hold clamps in place while you were fixturing/jigging your workpieces.

    Do a google image search and you should be able to find similar.
    Because the channel flanges are tapered I would think they would not be conducive to clamping. I could be wrong.
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    Re: Slat style table top question...

    I realize everyone’s needs are different, but for me a solid top welding table serves me best. It is used equally for welding as much as it is as a large workbench easily accessible from all four sides as well as being mobile.



    Since the above pic was taken I modified and installed floor locks to stabilize and fine tune levelling of the table.






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    Re: Slat style table top question...

    Like this, Lis.

    Last edited by Kelvin; 07-09-2019 at 02:29 PM.

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    Re: Slat style table top question...

    Bite the bullet and buy an acorn bench and never look back!!!
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    Re: Slat style table top question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin View Post
    Like this, Lis.

    Ah yes! Would def work that way. I’m a dumbass


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    Re: Slat style table top question...

    my 3/8 x 6in plates i welded 2in. angle iron to my plates and then the angle iron to table base on each side. started at each end of table frame and used angle iron to level top. plates are replaceable that way if damaged or messed up.
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