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    I want to build a welding table. +- 1200 X 600 (max 1500 X 800)

    I have no problem with the frame.

    What is a good thickness for the top (I know .... as thick as possible). Unfortunately we cannot buy "cut to size". I need to buy a full sheet and I won't have use for the offcuts.

    Cost vs thickness.
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    Hi
    I used to use a 10mm plate,worked perfectly.
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    If you put sufficient "struts" in below the sheet you can go significantly thinner....

    Also depends on what you plan on using it for?

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    To buy full sheet is not good. I recommend you go around to local steel fabricators and I am pretty sure you will be able to buy a piece from them. I would think 8 to 10 will last forever and you can tack weld into it without issues. I would not go under 6.
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    If you will be using it exclusively for welding and not to build dies/jigs on. Use mentis grating in an angle iron frame. You will always have a good earth. You never have to clean the table top from slag and spatter.
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    10mm, but not less than 8mm if you have to.

    The benefit of a welding table is not just welding, get yourself 16mm white melamine and put on top, now you have heavy duty dual purpose table, thats what I did, and its awesome.

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    Just remember, no matter what thickness you use, if you're going to be in the habit of welding jigs on to the table and then grinding these off, the table will start warping. I've made tables with 5 mm bent down on two sides and with some support underneath and this worked well for me in a production invironment. It's also not so heavy to move. (I also have a 100 mm thick cast slab with machined T slots, 16 mm and 10 mm tables.)

    If you're using mig, weld a sacrificial plate to the table leg that you use for a strike plate, rather than striking on the table. (And a short tube to hold the gun nozzle like a holster.)

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    Thanks everyone.

    I think I will go for at least 8. I have some design in mind.

    I will come back with the pictures when I'm done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinz Modricky View Post
    ...... And a short tube to hold the gun nozzle like a holster....
    Aha. Good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinz Modricky View Post
    If you're using mig, weld a sacrificial plate to the table leg that you use for a strike plate, rather than striking on the table. (And a short tube to hold the gun nozzle like a holster.)
    Strike plate for MIG ?

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    Kobus
    Instead of a solid plate, what about a number of Channel Iron or heavy wall Rectangular tubes next to each other, with gaps between them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiri View Post
    Kobus
    Instead of a solid plate, what about a number of Channel Iron or heavy wall Rectangular tubes next to each other, with gaps between them...

    Exactly what I was planning to do.
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    I built this one a couple of months ago. Went with grating for the reasons mentioned here. Andrew Mentis is ridiculous with grating prices though. I think I got that piece for under R300, after asking g here on the forum.

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    That's a nice table idea.

    In the 1970's, my grandfather welded a table frame with 50 x 100 channel (probably imperial size equivalent), perfectly square and level on 6 heavy duty legs. My dad then filled it with high strength concrete (100mm thick).

    This is fantastic to weld on, bend stuff straigt with clamps etc. The downside is that it becomes a permanent feature due to the weight. This table is about 2m x 4m - could even be 2.5m x 5m.... It's still in nearly as good condition as it was 30 or 40 years ago.

    A little 1 x 2m table in town made like this would be very handy as well.


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    Bfreesani left a nice welding table at my place. 6mm.

    I think I'll go look for it. It needs 4 people to move it though.
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    Amper klaar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryFrank View Post
    Strike plate for MIG ?
    . Yes, to burn the wire shorter. Either that or you trim the wire the correct length with a side cutter. Or bend the wire over but then a piece of wire is stuck to your welding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Farquart View Post
    I built this one a couple of months ago. Went with grating for the reasons mentioned here. Andrew Mentis is ridiculous with grating prices though. I think I got that piece for under R300, after asking g here on the forum.

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    This is the business...can clamp jigs to the table instead of tacking....will last forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finn McCool View Post
    This is the business...can clamp jigs to the table instead of tacking....will last forever.
    Vice and bench grinder comes off in seconds too. Other piece of grating in pic might be added to table with hinges, so as to extend the table bed without permanently making it too big to handle.

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