One of the most important tools a welder can have at his disposal is a decent welding table. In general you should have the biggest, flattest, sturdiest table you can muster. Of course, shop size can be a limiting factor. I decided to invest in a 4′x4′ table on wheels. We don’t do too much welding in our shop, so I don’t require too big of a table. I wanted the wheels so we can easily roll it around. Almost all of our workspaces are on wheels, so it’s pretty simple to change the layout of our workshop to make room for big projects, or roll everything out to clean. I drew up a quick napkin sketch of what I wanted the table to look like. I designed in a shelf for easy storage.
I started with a 4′x4′x1/2″ plate of steel, and some 4″ square tubing for legs. I measured out how long the legs needed to be (making sure to account for the casters!) and cut ‘em down to size. I also cut out all of the pieces I’d need for the nice sturdy shelf underneath. I like to cut, clean, and deburr all of the metal before I start welding. It just makes it easier to do all of those filthy jobs once, so you can get to the fun welding! I tack welded the legs in place, taking care to get the legs square with the table top. It’s much easier to build your table upside down at first. Continue reading “Welding up a Welding Table”