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Welding Table
Basic Description Here is a straightforward plan to make a steel table perfect for welding or other metalworking needs. It is very sturdy and the undershelf can hold your welder, supplies, and any shielding gas that you may need. In the review section of the plan, we also show how you can add a couple of wheels to make this a mobile welding station.

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Design Considerations


We used scrap metal for the entire project that which made it very inexpensive. Low carbon steel is ideally suited for this project because it is easy to weld and very strong. Other metals are fine, but they will likely be more difficult to weld and more costly.


We designed the seating area to be to the right of the shelf for the welder. Keep in mind that this can be reversed if you prefer.


You can make the table any size you like. Make sure that there is enough room for you to sit at it. 24" (60cm) between the leg and the vertical undershelf support is about the minimum for a comfortable work area. 36" (90cm) is much more desirable. The height of the table should be a comfortable working height. A good way to determine a proper height is to stand straight up and set the height at the bend of your wrist. We made our table 36" (90cm) high; you will have to have a tall chair to be able to reach this height however. If you are going to store a gas tank on the undershelf, make sure it protrudes a sufficient amount away from the table. If your tank is 8" (20cm) in diameter, for example, the undershelf should extend about 10" (25cm) or more so that you can weld on brackets to prevent the bottom of the tank from moving around.


We added wheels as shown on the right to provide for mobility. When the table is at rest, the wheels are suspended in the air, but tipping the opposite end, engages the wheels with the ground. We used 8" (20cm) rubber wheels that we found in a surplus store. We passed bolts through the axle and through a hole drilled in the steel tube to accommodate the wheels. Note that if you are going to use the undershelf for wheels, it needs to be set a proper height (including the height of the adjustable feet). You need to calculate the height of the undershelf so that it leaves the wheels off of the ground when the table is at rest. In our case, we set the centerline of the undershelf to be 4 1/4" (11cm) off the ground so that the wheels are disengaged unless the table is being moved. You can also add hooks and hangers for all of your welding needs. We like to make a plain table and then use it for awhile to determine what our needs are. After some use, you will know exactly what you need and where it should be positioned.
wheels can be connected to the undershelf to allow for mobility

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