Having a strong flat work surface is vital to metal work. Whether the project calls for cutting, grinding or welding, the work surface must be stable and resilient. In just under two hours, an amateur fabricator can produce a functional metal work and welding table.
Things You'll Need
- 1/4-inch thick metal plate 24 inches wide by 30 inches long
- Four 2 1/2-inch diameter metal pipes 36 inches long
- Four 2 1/2-inch diameter metal pipes 15 inches long
- Two 2 1/2-inch diameter metal pipes 27 inches long
Measure 9 inches down from the top and up from the bottom and mark a line on each of the 36-inch tall pipes; these are the table legs. From each of these lines, measure in toward the center of the pipe 2 1/2 inches and mark another line. Mark an X in the 2 1/2 in space. This is where the 15-inch pipe cross members will be attached.
Set the 36-inch tall pipes in pairs, side by side. Separate them by 15 inches. Place the 15-inch cross-members between the legs and align them with the marks. Weld the cross members to the leg pairs.
Measure in 2 inches from the perimeter of the 1/4-inch plate. Mark out a interior rectangle along those marks. Stand one of the leg sets up at one of the ends of the marked rectangle. Weld the leg set to the plate. Stand the other leg set up at the other end and weld it to the plate.
Hold the 27-inch long pipes in line with the top cross-members on the leg sets and weld them in place.
Turn the table over. The metal work table is now ready for mounting vices or clamps and begin use.
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