Compact Workshop Welding Area

Initial Concept CAD Rendering for a Compact Workshop Welding Area

Initial Concept CAD Rendering for a Compact Workshop Welding Area

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.

Rendering of Movable Welding Table & Band Saw Stand

Rendering of Movable Welding Table & Band Saw Stand

I needed a small welding table that would fit over the top of my metal band saw.

Re-positioned Steel Planks on Welding Table Top

Re-positioned Steel Planks on Welding Table Top

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.

Testing the Fit of the Band Saw Under the Welding Table during Fabrication

Testing the Fit of the Band Saw Under the Welding Table during Fabrication

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.

Custom made Vise-Grip Type Clamps fit in Welding Table Top Holes

Custom made Vise-Grip Type Clamps fit in Welding Table Top Holes

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.

Movable Welding Table with Vise & Custom Clamps

Movable Welding Table with Vise & Custom 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  )

Added Leveling Bolts & Wheels to the Drill Press

Added Leveling Bolts & Wheels to the Drill Press

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.

Band Saw Fits Under Welding Table when Not being Used

Band Saw Fits Under Welding Table when Not being Used

The SolidWorks CAD design files can be found on GrabCAD.com :
http://grabcad.com/library/welding-table-band-saw-stand-1

Adjustable Roller Stand with Metal Band Saw

Adjustable Roller Stand with Metal Band Saw

Used scrap metal I found around my workshop, and an inexpensive roller purchased from Harbor Freight Tools, to make the Adjustable Roller Stand.
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-1-2-half-inch-roller-and-bracket-set-30026.html

Adjustable Roller Stand made from Left-Over Parts

Adjustable Roller Stand made from Left-Over Parts

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.

MIG, TIG, and STICK Weld with this Inverter Welding Machine

MIG, TIG, and STICK Weld with this Inverter Welding Machine

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)

My Messy Workshop 'Compact' Welding Area

My Messy Workshop ‘Compact’ Welding Area

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

— CHEERS…

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One response to “Compact Workshop Welding Area

  1. Raul Herrera

    Wow !!! your welding area is amazing !!!!. Congratulations for your skills. Thank you very much for sharing knowledge!
    Raul

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