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No Brainer - Welding Table & Fish Tank Stands.....

Sometimes the painfully obvious eludes me..... Sometimes the light bulb actually lights up and I sit and think "Why didn't I think of that before?"......

Instead of making a welding table, one can be found for nearly no cost....

On garbage pick up day take a look for for fish tank stands. All you need to do it find a top for it and you're golden... They come in a variety of sizes, but beggars (or recyclers) can't be too choosey....
I've found 2 55gal. stands which are very strong. They also make good general purpose work tables as well.......
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Re: No Brainer - Welding Table & Fish Tank Stands.....

I gave up on them , broke two and finally made the small table and the trailer instead . Stuff just wasn't heavy enough to take the 12lb sledge...
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Re: No Brainer - Welding Table & Fish Tank Stands.....

Sarge you don't need a welding table. you need a 200 Lb anvil, and a stump to mount it on. Or maybe a heavy press frame... [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: No Brainer - Welding Table & Fish Tank Stands.....

Well, Sarge... you have to remove the glass fishtank first....
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Uh, I already broke one anvil , and a large hunk of narrow guage train rail . Not even sure where the heck it came from since all the rail in this area is standard size , more or less . I know it was very hard , so much it actually shattered . Took a year to get a chunk of it out of my leg actually . The newer anvils suck . I'm not sure why they aren't as malleable as the older ones , but they are brittle and worthless to me . Need to find an old blacksmith's unit from the 1800's when they still made decent heavy steel . Maybe a 300lb one too...
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Re: No Brainer - Welding Table & Fish Tank Stands.....

Man, you guys got me thining about anvils.... I got my Dad's after he passed a couple of years ago. Went to check it out and discovered it was a Vulcan anvil (only after digitally enhancing a pic of the "stamp" on it's side). It's a 100 pounder whose vintage is somewhere around 1930 or so....it appears that I'm at least the 3rd generation to have owned it.......

Sarge, I have to ask, what are you wailing on so hard that you break these buggers?
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Re: No Brainer - Welding Table & Fish Tank Stands.....

Maybe the stands won't hold up to heavy bashin', but they can hold plenty of goodies.....
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A work table from a 55 gal tank stand......
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This one's carrying a bit of weight.... On the bottom shelf there are flywheels, clutches and several chunks....
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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
cutting torches)

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.
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