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Re: No Brainer - Welding Table & Fish Tank Stands.....
Looks good Crow, Since your in a fabricating frenzy, Think about making a cutting table next to
the welding table. Then one can act as an extension to the other. (this assumes you have
Start with a metal barrel. You may cut this down to get the correct height.
Next make a 1" angle iron frame the size you want the table. Angles would face each other so that
with a bottom plate, it would form a tray. Cutting the legs off of one of those aquarium stands
would do fine. Get a good supply of 1" or so flat stock. Thin stuff, 10 gage or less, and cut it to length
so it bridges the frame in the short direction. weld blocks to the angle to hold them vertically and
weld the blocks in place, not the strips, so they just drop in. now they are replaceable as you eat them up.
Drop the cut flat stock in the created slots and you have an open table top that you can cut (or weld)
on and the spatter goes through. Mount this on the barrel and use some sheet metal to funnel the
spatter and the barrel will collect all that crud tha you are always sweeping up. Clean up now consists
of emptying the barrel once a year or two...
The "funnel" can be a rectangular to round plenum that any sheet metal shop can build. If you start
with that and the barrel, you can make all the other parts to fit.
A 4-6' ground strap between the tables allows you to maneuver them for big stuff, but store them easy too.
If you want to really go wild, you can make a pantograph for cutting using the solid weld table for the
pattern, and the open table for the cutting.
ps: If you support parts being cut just a bit, the open table slats will last a lot longer.