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    Re: Aluminum 5052 table top

    I have an aluminium bench kind of a beast I had to move it last month.Name:  PXL_20220403_151131317.jpg
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    Re: Aluminum 5052 table top

    In my cellar I have an all aluminum table I use for TIG welding. When I built it, I made an extra layer of 16 gauge al to lay meat on to cut it up. venison, & pork I have done on it.

    Welding steel, I have a 48 X 60" piece of 3/4". It sits on a stainless counter frame just the right size I picked up beside the road when Vermont Store Fixtures had their annual clean out.

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    Re: Aluminum 5052 table top

    Quote Originally Posted by Eelspike View Post
    I have an aluminium bench kind of a beast ....
    Is the frame for the base aluminum tubing as well, or is that an aluminum top bolted to a steel frame?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Is the frame for the base aluminum tubing as well, or is that an aluminum top bolted to a steel frame?
    I was wondering the same thing.
    If that's all aluminum, it would be pretty sweet with some locking casters... for the garage.

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    Re: Aluminum 5052 table top

    Quote Originally Posted by StandarDyne View Post
    Yes. Exactly.



    It would still arc and throw sparks around (or just short out) and liberate a lot of heat and be a fire hazard and possibly warp (or blow a hole in) your tabletop...it just wouldn't WELD (because aluminum and steel won't melt together).
    what would you suggest to put the electrode on when not using? (and still plugged in and working)

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    Quote Originally Posted by meni View Post
    what would you suggest to put the electrode on when not using? (and still plugged in and working)
    If you're careful, you can hook the (insulated) spring-loaded lever on the stinger over the edge of the table so that the electrode isn't touching anything. At home, I would always either just turn the welder off, or put the stinger on something insulated on the shop floor or hang it on a hook on the wall. I was always concerned that I might cause a dead-short and ruin the welder or start a fire, or both.

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    Re: Aluminum 5052 table top

    My whole bench is all welded aluminum the top is 5/8" thick. Somebody scrapped it to an alloy scrap yard where my friend worked and he called and said come and get it. That was 25-years ago.

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    Re: Aluminum 5052 table top

    maybe ceramic tile? i have wooden floor, but i don't want the electrode to burn it as the electrode itself so hot. plastics will melt

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    If you have a wooden floor, I would be more concerned about protecting it from welding and grinding sparks than the stinger itself. I've been thinking about building a metal stand to put beside me when I'm welding... it should hold my hat (for when I put the hood on) , the hood (for when I'm grinding) my safety glasses (for when I'm welding) as well as the stinger, a hammer, a chipper, a wire brush and my cordless drill with the rotary brush in it. As long as it isn't touching the work or table with the ground, sparks won't be an issue. My old steel table had a little strip of plywood with a hole in it to hold the stinger. If the rod got short enough to make the plywood smoke I soaked it with a half a cup of water.... wasn't a big deal. If you cover your floor with metal to protect it from sparks, the holder stand would need a bit of wood under it to prevent grounding.
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    Re: Aluminum 5052 table top

    Quote Originally Posted by meni View Post
    maybe ceramic tile? i have wooden floor, but i don't want the electrode to burn it as the electrode itself so hot. plastics will melt
    How do you have a wooden floor outside?

    You said the table was staying outside..

    I think you're overthinking this whole thing.
    I have a good suspicion you probably have never even welded before
    You don't even really grasp what's going on during Welding.

    A welding table can be just about anything

    I would suggest 2 sawhorses
    And throw a piece of 1/8" steel across the top.
    When you're done, bring the piece of steel in the house if you're worried about rust. And stack the sawhorses in the corner.

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    Re: Aluminum 5052 table top

    The best welding tables I have used tend to be made of heavy steel plate - the heavier, the better. The best tables I have used weighed over half a ton. Just ordinary steel, nothing special. It is possible to lay your electrode down on the table without an arc, you just have to be careful when doing it.
    Use a bigger hammer.

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    My concern with an aluminum or a stainless top is that they would really attract spatter and make a mess of the table top you'd have to constantly clean up. Steel with some WD40 brushed on it would inhibit rust and not smoke too much once it's baked on from the sun or working on it. WD40 and some steel wool is a great way to clean up aftermarket expansion chambers on 2 stroke dirt bikes and prevent rusting.

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    Re: Aluminum 5052 table top

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
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    I have a good suspicion you probably have never even welded before
    You don't even really grasp what's going on during Welding.

    A welding table can be just about anything

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    Rereading the comments from the OP I think this may indeed be the case.

    Perhaps once he welds a bit all of the suggestions he has received will make sense.


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