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Abner
06-04-2012, 09:52 AM
After welding on the front of tractor loader forks(being able to adjust the height) and then seeing darryls post on hand powered folk lifts--- Does anyone have a hydraulicly adjustable height welding table? One that is movable as well?
I think this will be my winter project and would like some ideas:D
Abner

Ian B
06-04-2012, 10:10 AM
How about sticking a flat steel plate on one of these http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb-capacity-atv-motorcycle-lift-2792.html

or build your own version of it, maynbe with longer arms.

Ian

bborr01
06-04-2012, 11:06 AM
Along Ian's line of thinking, but this one goes up a lot higher. Add a plate of steel and start welding.
edit: or just weld on the sheet metal top.

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=hydraulic+table

Brian

flylo
06-04-2012, 12:30 PM
Make it adjustable so your comfrtable at any height.

oxford
06-04-2012, 12:58 PM
I don't know if I read it on here or somewhere else, but someone was using a jack for a trailer tounge on each corner of the table.

Another option would be to use one of those stand behind(not on) forklifts and put a top on it. I don't know how cheap you can find them though.

If you don't want it moveable you could cut a section of garage floor out and put a cylinder from a fork truck down in a hole. Your table top would them go all the way down to the floor when not in use. I have seen some people make motorcycle lifts this way. It is a great option if space is of concern, it would be virtually invisable when down and not in use.

hardtail
06-04-2012, 11:53 PM
This is the best one I've ever seen.......loading dock mounted on a big slew ring........

http://i509.photobucket.com/albums/s337/corn56/IMG_0155.jpg

sasquatch
06-05-2012, 12:11 AM
I'm trying to remember where i saw this neato welding table, think it was on a welding forum, but the guy had built this table and there was two "Cat walks"?? under the table that rolled out from each side , to step up on to reach farther onto the table.

Danged Memory,, was the forum called welders something,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

A well designed table with a lot of thought put into it.

sasquatch
06-05-2012, 12:14 AM
Ok, i think it is this one:

http://weldingweb.com (The builder was "Markfuga" -username?

sasquatch
06-05-2012, 12:25 AM
Abner,, ok , just Google:

"welding table markfuga" and it's right at the top of that first page. A beauty!!

gundog
06-05-2012, 12:46 AM
I made this one a few years ago it has a 5/8" top. I used a HF air over Hyd cylinder. In hind site I think the scissor type would have been better. Mine does not always go low enough. The 4 legs have pins in them and the legs are drilled every couple inches. I have a Plasma cutter mounted to one corner underneath and a rack full of C clamps.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v292/millnut/DSC03652-1.jpg

I added receiver hitches to all 4 corners and that allows me to add all kinds of stuff to it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v292/millnut/2011-10-23_14-41-38_381-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v292/millnut/2011-10-24_15-54-25_696-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v292/millnut/001-3.jpg

oldtiffie
06-05-2012, 12:54 AM
Why not use the mechanism in a hydraulically operated hair-dresser (barber) or dentists chair.

lakeside53
06-05-2012, 12:58 AM
Maybe because they are hard to find and the harbor fright stuff is dirt cheap?

sasquatch
06-05-2012, 10:01 AM
Nice looking table gundog, and interesting background pics of the shop.

sasquatch
06-05-2012, 10:04 AM
Re: the hydraulic barber chair:

Man , in this area i could spend a minimum of $1000.00 in gas running around looking for one of those, they are SCARCE!!

(The chairs,, NOT the hairdressers!!):rolleyes:

Abner
06-05-2012, 11:23 AM
Thanks for all the replies. Hardtail that is one impressive if massive table. I'm using a 4' x 6' - 4" channel table with sliding 4' cross members between the ends. I like the design somewhat but movable for use under my hoist and adjustable for height would be best. To top off my picky list of feature would be stability or non wiggly. I just need to get off my wallet.

gundog
06-05-2012, 11:34 AM
Nice looking table gundog, and interesting background pics of the shop.

Thanks I have a little of everything I have been collecting for over 30 years. There is a CNC bed mill & a CNC router table in there you can't see. and a full wood working shop as well as metal working shop.

I started a small hobby business about 6 years ago and most of the $$ made goes towards my addiction to tools. It is fun making things when you have the right stuff to work with.

I am now looking for a larger facility I have outgrown my 1400 Sq Ft shop and my business is doing quite well. I learned most of what I use for my small business from sites like this and just reading the machine manuals.

here is a link to my web site if you want to see the stuff I make I am not posting this to try and sell anything but there are a lot of pictures on the site. www.MillerMarineProducts.com


Mike

A_Pmech
06-05-2012, 06:39 PM
I'm in the process of building a height-adjustable layout / welding table. At the moment I'm working on the drawings, but here's a teaser:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/horteniv/weldingtable7.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/horteniv/weldingtable8.jpg

Dan Dubeau
06-05-2012, 10:42 PM
I'm in the process of building a height-adjustable layout / welding table. At the moment I'm working on the drawings, but here's a teaser:




WOW that is a REALLY small garage door.....

Seriously, NICE table.

sasquatch
06-05-2012, 10:46 PM
Pricey looking casters!! What's the weight rating on them??

lazlo
06-06-2012, 12:06 AM
I'm in the process of building a height-adjustable layout / welding table.

Wow, nice surface plate! How flat is it? :)

A_Pmech
06-06-2012, 01:54 AM
WOW that is a REALLY small garage door.....

Seriously, NICE table.

The door is a standard 8' wide door, but the angle of the photo I think makes it look smaller.

It should be when it's done! I estimate the finished weight will be around 4,500lbs.


Pricey looking casters!! What's the weight rating on them??

They're rated for up to 10,000lbs depending on the wheel tread type.


Wow, nice surface plate! How flat is it?

Dunno! It was originally used as a layout and fabrication table for making Mercury and Gemini spacecraft parts according to the original owner. It was last calibrated around 1966. I may do some tests on it eventually for curiosity's sake, but I'm sure it's flatter than any fabrication table has a right to be. :)

Krunch
06-06-2012, 07:25 AM
For my welding table, I used square tubing for the legs, welded Acme-threaded nuts to the ends of the legs, and ran a 24" Acme screw up inside each leg so that the legs effectively telescope.

Pivoting casters on one end of the table, non-pivoting casters on the other end.

loply
06-06-2012, 09:40 AM
I may do some tests on it eventually for curiosity's sake, but I'm sure it's flatter than any fabrication table has a right to be. :)


And you bolted a mechanics vice to it :eek: Fair enough I suppose! That is a seriously posh welders bench.

Abner
06-06-2012, 10:16 AM
For my welding table, I used square tubing for the legs, welded Acme-threaded nuts to the ends of the legs, and ran a 24" Acme screw up inside each leg so that the legs effectively telescope.

Krunch- Are you acme screws tied together with chain and sprocket or does each move individually?

A_Pmech
06-08-2012, 05:52 PM
And you bolted a mechanics vice to it :eek: Fair enough I suppose! That is a seriously posh welders bench.

Yes, a 1930's 6" Morgan Chicago. It's nice to have a table that WILL NOT MOVE when I'm working on something in the vise.

:)

It will eventually be drilled with around a 6x6 hole pattern of 1/2-13 threaded holes for bolting down fixtures and such when I get the chance to put it under the radial drill.