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thinking about building a fab table
« on: Jun 07, 2012, 10:43:48 PM »
 I wanna build a fab table for my shop and thought i would see if anyone here has one or has built one. my plan was to use a 4x8 piece of .25 plate dont know if that will be thick enough, havent decided on a frame yet but i wanted to put it on casters and be able to level it up with some sort of thread adjustment. Any ideas would be great, Thanks.


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Re: thinking about building a fab table
« Reply #1 on: Jun 10, 2012, 05:43:01 PM »
I have a 4'x8' table, 1" think with flame cut edges. Has 6  4"x4" posts on casters with 6 adjustable feet to level out the table. The best part of that is the flame cut 1". Not round edges at the corners and by not shearing it the table stays more true.
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Re: thinking about building a fab table
« Reply #2 on: Jun 23, 2012, 09:42:04 AM »
ya mor info would be good. Starting my garage working space and want to do some kind of fab table also. i have seen some that there were no plate on top just 1" sq tubing
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Re: thinking about building a fab table
« Reply #3 on: Jun 23, 2012, 11:47:03 AM »
ive got a table i built thats up againt the wall in my garage.  its like 32" deep and about 8' long.  made out of 3/8" plate top with 1 1/2" square tube legs.  Its plenty heavy and strong enough for any fabbing i do at home. Ive got a 6" vice mounted to it and I also have a steel rack that i put in about midway up the legs. That way i can pile up all my small materials under the table and also have room under that shelf for storing other stuff. When i built mine I made a top frame out of 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"x 1/4" angle and then welded the 3/8" plate to the top.  that gave me a nice rigid 5/8" thick clamping surface all around the edges.  If i had a larger garage it would be nice to have a table out in the middle of the space somewhere so its accessable from all sides, but I dont have room for that.

What do you plan on using your table for?  do want it big enough to build tube chassis frames and things like that on, or are you just using it for small fab projects? 
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Re: thinking about building a fab table
« Reply #4 on: Sep 04, 2012, 06:54:27 AM »
Will the 1/4 or 3/8s hold up well to some heavy hammering?  I know a 4'x4'x1/4" will handle my welding chores but I don't want to distort it banging on it.   :_order:       I think I need to find a big anvil. :hammerhead:
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Re: thinking about building a fab table
« Reply #5 on: Sep 04, 2012, 10:34:29 AM »
1/4, 3/8s, whatever you use,  you could beat on it a little if the table frame is strong enough. Just let it over hang the frame about 6 inches to allow clamps ot be easy to use. But a anvil is a great thing to have in the shop as well
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