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    Default Welding bench

    Hi,

    I just pushed a hunk of steel 18"x48"x1.75" off a buddies truck into my FEL bucket. It has a lot of holes in it as it was used in some equipment or tooling. It looks to have been ground flat, but it is rusty now from being in the scrap pile. Bought it and a few other pieces for 8cents a pound. It will be a welding table eventually. Couple questions.

    How high should I make the table?

    Should I make it flush against the wall or leave some space behind it?

    What useful additions should a welding table have?

    After sand blasting it clean, what surface treatment to keep it looking decent?

    Thanks

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    Comfortable height will be different for everyone. Look at what other benches you have, kitchen base cabinets and decide what would work best for you. I would also think about how you will get 'things' on and off, once welded up some can be real heavy.

    Coating it is counter productive. The good thing about a welding bench is everywhere is ground. They get pretty beat up pretty fast with slag and dust from grinding anyway. Every few years I take a disk grinder to mine and clean it up, welding isn't a neat clean operation.

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    Default Re: Welding bench

    How high should I make the table? Go with the advise Argosy gave.

    What useful additions should a welding table have? This too is kind of a personal preference thing. I added a bar to hang clamps and a couple of power strips to my table.

    Should I make it flush against the wall or leave some space behind it? This depends upon the size of your workspace. Being able to move around your project is a whole lot easier than moving the project around. If you have a large enough workspace, put casters on the legs of your table so you can move it out from the wall to get around it. When finished with your project, just move it back out of the way. And, if you do add casters, be sure to factor them into the overall height of the table.

    After sand blasting it clean, what surface treatment to keep it looking decent? Nothing, again, back to what Argosy said.

    You can check out my thread, maybe it will give you some ideas. http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/w...ble-build.html Good luck and have fun.

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    Take a look at the Miller site. Miller - Welding Equipment - MIG/TIG/Stick Welders & Plasma Cutting
    They have plans for a welding table on it and one thing I like about it is it has a place for using a plasma cutter on it. Thats the one I plan on building this winter.
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    Thanks for the thoughts and the link. 4x8' -- that's large!

    I will try a mist coat of "The must for rust". It's a rust preventative that leaves a weldable / paintable surface. I might just paint the whole thing, then sand the top open and treat. Still debating.

    In the light of day I measured the metal. I was wrong. It's 42 1/2" wide, 24" deep and 1 3/8 thick. Has a regular pattern of what looks like 1/2" fine threaded holes and some larger tooling holes. Should work fine, even if it's been stored outside on the ground for 2 years. Hey, at 8 cents a pound it's still a good deal.

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    Default Re: Welding bench

    i wouldent go crazy with treating the top. mine seems to do fine with only a occasional shot of WD40.

    As for thing to incorporate into the design.

    leave sufficint overhang for all your clamping needs.

    make holders for grinders so you can access them easily.

    have some hooks to hold your stinger so you can easily set it down between welds/repositioning.

    Not sure how long you want the final table to be, but I wish i had incorporated a grated section into mine for flame cutting.

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    Sounds like you've got the makings for a great table. You could plan in an idea for quick attach for a vice and bench grinder. You could also make the legs "telescopic" where one piece of pipe or tubing slides inside the other and have holes in it for putting pins in to so you can adjust the height. Also, I'd plan on getting some 1/2" fine threaded set screws to screw into the holes in the top while you weren't using them to keep spatter and such out of the threads.

    One more after thought. I once worked in a weld shop that had weld tables and positioners connected to a common ground strap that was ran along the floor. Each welding machine was attached to this common ground but also had the ground lead still attached to use as well, if needed. This works great if your not rolling things (tables and such) around.
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    I have my welding table a little low, makes it easier when working on something. If I'm doing a lot of Tig welding on small parts in the vice I set down. Building bigger things I stand up. There are no hard and fast rules.



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    Don't paint it,piece of heavier angle on one side edge is good for laying pipe in,combination vise,thing of some sort on one edge to hang stinger,and welding curtains,,,those holes will come in handy.

    If your putting it against a wooden wall,leave room to put a welding curtain/screen behind it.

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    Dumb question, but if you use casters with rubber or synthetic wheels, does this interfer with the ground? Or does there need to be metal contact with the floor?

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