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  • Whats your current project? Mine, welding table.

    Every now and then I and others post a thread with a similar title.

    The weather has been good and since I have some time off, I decided to make a welding table. All I seem to have around the shop are wood tables which work well until a hot ember gets jammed into the wood and smolders for a while. Next thing you know, the fire department has been to the shop and all they saved was the foundation (normal). I didnt want this to happen so I started the plan.

    I found some metal at the local scrapper and I had some square tube that was found behind a friends house right before she sold it. I knew it would all come in handy.

    Welding up the top.
    Click for larger photo.

    Top support

    Action shot!

    To be continued........
    Last edited by rockrat; 04-08-2009, 08:27 PM.
    Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.

  • #2
    More.... Flipping the table

    Hum.... this might not work, I wonder.....

    Got it.

    Just a little more.....
    Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


    • #3

      I may well drill some holes in the top for clamping. Flat enough for me, not perfect but good enough. I will add some wheels when I find a good set. The table is a bit over 36" high and there will be a vise setup for it soon. This makes a nice working surface when sitting or standing.
      So what are all of you up to?
      Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


      • #4
        Cleaning and painting a Burke horizontal mill. The ways look good and check out fine so I got lucky. I've had to make a few small parts. I will be converting it from hand operation to leadscrew next.
        Jon Bohlander
        My PM Blog


        • #5
          THE thicker the metal, the happier you will be with the welding table.. the one inch thick ones At TVA, I keep trying to buy one at auctions. THEY keep going high prices I can't or won't afford..

          OKAY.. 2x2 recievers.. I have them everywhere.. some people put them sideways under the edges of tables.. rig up strap benders and tube benders, vices.. other things to drop in..

          Mine are all vertical.. probably not idea.. but what I done at the time..

          A more useful tidbit? weld a piece of stainless to the table leg to clamp your ground to.. no more having to grind the rusty spot to get a good connection, or sparking while you are tigging and messing up your puddle..
          Last edited by Dawai; 04-08-2009, 09:00 PM.
          Excuse me, I farted.


          • #6

            I have been finishing up the last bits of my shop wiring. Next will be bumping up the size of my RPC to run my Monarch with until I can afford a VFD.

            "Just build it and be done"


            • #7

              My current project. English wheel-tipping-bead roller open frame.. for working sheet metal.

              I was converting the legs on my english wheel to vertical, Taken off the ballast ibeam.. I had it with a two ended deal with a power hammer on the other end. It was about eight feet long and taking up too much space.. It is easier to use now and smaller footprint.
              Further plan is to weld a 2x2 reciever on both ends to hold dollys and benders. As you get older you want to reduce the foot steps between work areas.
              Excuse me, I farted.


              • #8

                Scraping-in a small straightedge.... still at that off and on.... The dots are getting smaller and more numerous however, and it needs to move away from the workbench soon..

                A stack of parts for various small engines, a choke for the Hercules, some stuff to let me recharge the magnet of the small Briggs PM generator, a crank and rod pair to grind or otherwise take out the scoring from (small lever-start Johnson laundry motor), some wind turbine parts,

                If I get done with that, another shaper needs scraped-in, for which I need to scrape at least one small angle plate to a good 90......... I don't have any that will fit right now.

                This is starting to sound like a to-do list. I have one of those too......

                I counted up, and found that I had either 8 or 9 hobbies, depending, and that the shop supports at least 3 of them.

                Keep eye on ball.
                Hashim Khan


                • #9
                  I am working on a secret project. I could post it here but I can't afford that many hit men.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Evan
                    I am working on a secret project. I could post it here but I can't afford that many hit men.

                    Looks like I picked a good time to drop by for a visit!


                    • #11
                      After the H.F. POS lathe purchase and subsequent grinding job that I used it for, I decided to take it under My wing and make it better. (or at least try)

                      First I stripped it down to pieces. I then flipped it over and flattened the feet by milling off .030 to clean it up. Then I put it on the surface grinder and took out a .007 belly and a .010 sway back. To get the vee way back in shape I dressed an 8'' wheel to a 45 deg. point so I could do the front and back of the way without moving the bed on the grinder.

                      Now I have a perfectly true bed, well as perfect as I can do on a grinder and measure.

                      The headstock was pointing down hill about .003 and to the front about the same. As measured from both ends .
                      Clamping and squaring the headstock upside down on the grinder proved more difficult than I expected, it took Me a couple of hours to get it dialed in and another two hours to grind , I couldn't take more than a half thou per pass or it would move around on the chuck.

                      Headstock bolted back on the bed and it is between .0002 and .0003 front to back and up and down. About 10 times better than it was but still not a Jewelers lathe.

                      Even after grinding the headstock, the tailstock is .005 low and tipped down .002 in the length of the ram. I may have to make a new base for it , I'm not sure how to make a shim for it.

                      I have not started on the carage or compound yet...after all I still have to make a living. LOL



                      • #12

                        It all started when I saw a neat looking Logan Spindle on Ebay and thought I could use it something someday if the price was right. That led to a head casting from California, a lathe bed from Mich. Cross Slide and Turret from Vermont, Enco Mfg. 12 position tool holder from Ohio I think, new bearings from Mich. (Logan Co.) made some parts for the spindle drive as there was no back gear for the driven pulley to drive, VFD and Motor from Georgia, etc

                        I always seem to add extra challenges to any project so when it came time to ship me the turret the dealer emailed and said he had made a mistake on his listing and the turret was for an 11 inch lathe and not a 10 inch but the price would be very reasonable and since I had committed to him anyway I decided to take a chance on modification. I decided that for the tools that need to be dead center I would turn 4 inches of 2 in dia CRS down to 3/4 inch for the first 1 3/4 inches and mount these and then drill/bore new mounts using the headstock. For other adjustable height turret tools I will probably fabricate some dovetail mounts similar to the old WS and Oliver mounts. The turret was in excellent shape and cleaned up nicely, works very smoothly and is nice and tight. The production cross slide also shows little wear. The Enco turret tool holder is very tight and is a well constructed piece, it also didn't hurt that it only cost $20 on ebay.

                        The neatest part so far is how quiet and smooth the VFD and Inverter duty motor run. Spooky quiet and smooth. I have the range set for now from 0-2600 on the motor shaft speed so this runs my spindle at 0-1508 rpm with the pulleys I am using. Thanks to all who made comments and suggestions on this thread the folks at AutoMation Direct were super to work with I basically said I have this and want to do this and they spent about 30 min on the phone walking me through all of it and putting the vfd and motor together and got it to me in about 4 days. Great Service.

                        I have only drilled and bored the CRS and practiced parting some 3/4 in CRS with the back tool post but when I set the rpm to say 540 (motor) 313 (spindle) it does not drop one rpm and goes right through that CRS right now!

                        Last edited by 3t-; 04-09-2009, 07:40 PM.



                        • #13
                          I started building the Hoglet V Twin


                          • #14

                            The Photos of the motor look a bit strange, it hangs from a 1/2 thick steel plate under the lathe work bench. The VFD is in a "mock up" mode just to get it all running and will get a box and probably some switching. Although with a small cord the key pad is removable so is sort of remote control.

                            From the earlier post. The turret center height was 1/4 inch above the spindle center height so that is the amount of lowering done with the drill chuck holders. The headstock has no bull gear. The bullgear was keyed to the spindle and the pulley system was engaged on the bull gear to drive the spindle. Missing this piece and not wanting to spend the $125 and up for one I turned down a 4 3/8 by 2 inch piece of CRS bored it to 1.491 to mount the spindle, cut the key way and put a step on it for a set screw to press on the key and had a $10 drive repair. (I have since found a full headstock with spindle and all back gear and bull gear pieces for a good price but if I don't need to for torque I probably won't mount the back gear drive on this lathe. That of course leaves me another headstock and spindle for, say, another project.



                            • #15

                              Something you might consider adding to your welding table... and that's a cutting area on one side!

                              Next time you're down at the scrap yard keep your eyes open for some steel floor grate like shown in the photo below. Add about a one-foot strip of it to one side of your table. If the floor grate is held crosswise by a small piece of steel then put that at the bottom so your torch won't cut it.