Welding table height
I'm thinking of finally building a proper welding table. I'm sick and tire of welding on the concrete floor of my garage (mostly because I have very little of it exposed ). What's a typical height for a welding table?
Any advice on making it taller or shorter than what you have.
How tall are you? Are you going to be sitting or standing? How big are the parts you plan to weld? I'm 6'4" and I sit on a 28" stool which is perfect to rest my forearms on the table and work the TIG pedal on the floor.
i find the height of the average guy will be comfortable with the height of a kitchen counter. . . just my opinion. . .
I'll be different... my welding table is fairly low, 32 inches from floor to top. If needed, I can always use a "spacer" table to lift an item higher but haven't found the need to do so. However, my work table, mounted with a vice, is 36 inches from floor to top. Both can be used for welding but the higher table is seldom used. Also, both are equiped with casters that can be lowered in place for movement. I mostly do stick welding since my needs are for maintaince of a farm - large heavy items like gates, etc. are typical.
A couple of other items to consider:
Make the table HEAVY! The more it weighs the better you'll like it! My table is made from a 1-inch thick plate that I found at the scrap yard that had holes drilled on 6-inch centers - which is great for clamping! Since this is in your garage, perhaps you can make it with a set of casters such that they lift up out of the way when the table is set in place. A welding table is best when one can get to all sides of it.
Another handy table that I use all the time is a 6-foot by 8-foot cutting table that is 36-inches from floor to top. This is made from some floor grating that I also found at a scrap yard. If you have only room for one table I'd suggest that you make the table top out of something similiar so that it can be used for both. Since you'll be cutting on it casters are a must so that it can be moved out of your garage onto the driveway. This way you'll have safety from fire.
Regardless of what you do...please post back with pictures of your final choices!
For others who are considering making a welding or cutting table: Visit a scrap yard fairly often...on one of those visits you'll find that piece of "scrap" that's just perfect for it...and the price will usually be just right too!
Welding tables evolve…they can’t be planned!
Last edited by Mike Burdick; 08-23-2008 at 08:13 PM.
Just to update you on the progress of my welding table.
I saw a metal stand on sale and although it's not as heavy duty as I would like it, I thought this was a good way to jump start my project. The height of the table is adjustable so it solves my problem with the height question.
Had a rusty old 1/4" metal plate. It had been sitting in my backyard for about 5 years.
Using electrolysis, I got the rust removed.
I found the black oxide very difficult to remove. I was using wire brush on my 4 1/2" angle grinder and instead of producing clean bright metal, it was burnishing the oxide. I decided that it wasn't worth the trouble to make it pretty.
Next, I'm going to mount the steel plate and build some wooden doors around the table so that I can store welding related supplied.
I'll post an update as I make progress.
Originally Posted by davidh
right on!! 36'' counter 28'' for table I like the 36'' counter for standing and tigging on a stool
good luck and post the pix of your table daye
I have the perfect welding table. It is a piece of 2" plate, 36" X 60" in size and standing on 4" pipe legs with the top 34" from the floor. I have a vise mounted on one corner. Perfect for me means just that. Perfect for me.
But I do advise when making a welding table to make it as heavy as your shop floor, your material handling capability and your pocketbook will allow.
What is the suitable material for manufacturing the welding table.I am only 5 feet what height should i need.Is its construction is simple.?
My opinion on height? Stand up straight, bend elbow at 90 degrees. Make legs of correct height to bring the top of the vise to elbow height. What plan to follow? What do you have to work with? I've seen amazing stuff done on a 4' length of 12 x 8" WF I beam.
At the moment, I have a frame roughly 36" square, made of 2 x 4" square tubing with a single 2 x 2 x 1/4 angle across it and a 12 x 18" scrap of 1/2" plate welded in. A 2 1/2" square tube runs down one of the pipe legs for the vise or bender mount pocket. I have grown fond of the openness as I can use C clamps and vise grips to hold stuff for tacking. The top of the vise is a tad high, but the table height is perfect for standing and I can brace against the vise to steady myself.
I can even ground to the table frame and weld on stuff held in the vise... Plasma cutter seems a little fussier on the ground though...