Decided to design a welding area for my home workshop. I wanted the welding table to be strong enough to be functional when welding heavy items; yet, also movable and as compact as possible to save space.
I needed a small welding table that would fit over the top of my metal band saw.
Also wanted to be able to remove the 1/2″ thick metal flat-bar table top planks and re-position them to allow for easier clamping of specific welding projects.
When fabricating the welding table I left some of the steel tubing ends open to allow a place to put partially used Stainless Steel & Aluminum TIG rods.
Drilled holes throughout the table top steel planks to allow the vise to be placed anywhere on the table along with custom made Vise-Grip type bolt-on clamps.
To conserve space, the metal band saw fits under the welding table on a stand with wheels that turn 360 degrees. This allows me to quickly pull the band saw out and use it when needed, then quickly store it out of the way when not in use.
If needed the Welding Table & Band Saw Stand can be locked in place using leveling bolts. ( Also added Wheels & Leveling Bolts to the Drill Press Stand )
I tried to keep the design for the table & stands as simple as possible so the items could be easily made by anyone who has the ability to cut and weld metal.
The SolidWorks CAD design files can be found on GrabCAD.com :
Used scrap metal I found around my workshop, and an inexpensive roller purchased from Harbor Freight Tools, to make the Adjustable Roller Stand.
By using smaller ‘inverter’ type welding technology, I was able to fit two welding machines on top of the stand that fits over my air compressor; thus, allowing me the flexiblity to TIG, MIG, and STICK weld – in my small workshop area – projects made of Mild Steel, Aluminum, and Stainless Steel.
The Miller Multimatic™ 200 is a great all-around ‘inverter’ DC welder that has Multi-voltage plug (MVP™) allowing you to connect to common 120 or 230 volt power receptacles without the use of any tools—choose the plug that fits the receptacle and connect it to the power cord. (Click to View Video)
I am sure there are much better designs for welding tables & stands available; however, these work great for my needs, and the challenge was to make them as simple and inexpensive as possible.
The next planned project for my small Home Workshop area is to build a Lift-Table that fits over the Jeep’s hood so I have a 4ft. x 8ft. work area.
UPDATE ~ ‘Over Jeep’ Workshop Lift-Table