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Old 12-24-2016, 01:57 PM   #1
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Default Metal "Fab"table for Small, messy carport to garage

I've always wanted an all metal table for welding and fabrication projects, But lack of space and $$$, as always, held me back until I saw one listed on CL for much less that the price of buying the metal itself, so I broke down and drove across town at 6AM to get it. Ended up being 72"x 30", so it just barely fit into my short bed S10. It was all the PO and I could do to lift it over the tailgate and roll it inside. My truck sits low as it is, but it was dragging butt all the way home. The top is a sheet of 1/4", which was less than I wanted and the frame was 2"x 2"x 1/4" angle, but.... There were some worn out 2" casters on 4" x1/4" squares on each leg. A two drawer unit was welded under the top. The more I looked at it over the past year or so, the more I wanted to change it. The top was welded to the frame and it was all done with a stick machine. Except to the top to frame welds, most of it was held together by flux deposits.
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Old 12-24-2016, 02:15 PM   #2
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So I decided I had to take this thing apart and re-do it to fit my tastes. I had some back surgery coming, so it was kind of a rush to get the table taken apart and reconfigured before I was sidelined for several weeks. I hooked a small block and tackle I had to a ceiling truss and lifted the table up on one end and began cutting welds with an angle grinder and sawzall. Needless to say I went through a few discs and blades.

To reassemble the pieces I decided to reverse the angle and narrow the frame by 4" all around to let me stand closer and protect my shins from the lower shelf. This would also expose a 1/2" edge in case I wanted to clamp something on the edge. 1/2 Cup did something similar on a table he made, so i used that as an idea( Thanks, Steve!). I decided this would be more of a function over form project due to the lack of time and restrictions due to my back surgery.
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Old 12-24-2016, 02:21 PM   #3
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Default Re: Metal "Fab"table for Small, messy carport to garage

Some pics. I also wanted to raise the table about 4" as it was quite low so I got some 5" HF casters and bolted them to some 2"x 4" square tubing remnants I got at work, which would then be welded to the caster plates on the frame legs. Sorry, but I didn't take a lot of pics of the reassembly, but the last pic here shows the top frame pieces bolted to the edge of the top before welding them together. I cut the stringers at a 45 to help support the overhang, and give some character to the edge. The stringers were shortened approx.4" and welded back onto the outside angle. I basically cut enough out of the bottom frame and stringers so the legs would fit inside the top angle frame.
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Old 12-24-2016, 02:34 PM   #4
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Got the frame welded together with the new casters and painted it to mimic the theme I used on the garage walls. I then countersunk 4 holes in each of the edges and stringers and bolted the top onto the frame. I also mitered each of the four corners to protect my hips and such from getting caught as I walked around the table in the confines of the garage. I did take the time to clock all the bolt heads to make it GJ correct as my one concession to form over function. Right hand pic of the corner also shows the finish on the top after sanding the rust and old paint off. I'll do a pic of the whole top after I install the drawer unit.
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Old 12-24-2016, 02:41 PM   #5
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Time to prepare the finish on the top as it had some rust and some kind of thick tan paint left on from a previous lift. I used a wire cup wheel on an angle grinder and then a straight line body sander with 40 grit paper to remove the paint and rust. Next i followed up with 80 grit on a DA to blend it all together after using a flap wheel to remove a few ridges and weld residue spots. It probably would have taken a surface grinder to remove all the little nick and gouges.
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Default Re: Metal "Fab"table for Small, messy carport to garage

Ric, your table has come up a treat..

I don't think you will have much of an issue with the 1/4 inch thick top to be honest, its the same as mine and I have no problem with it at all. It has cleaned up well.

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As I said the top was a little rough and it was also bowed,too. That mostly came out as I tightened the 20 bolts down. Maybe someone here can help give an idea to the age of this project table. The drawers attached to the underside of the top say "Trojan and "Auto Sheet Metal Works" under the louver style handles stamped into each drawer front. I decided to bolt the drawer unit to the top frame so made some simple "L" brackets from scrap bin tidbits I found. The drawer case has an angle iron frame already. I sanded most of the rust off, and broke some lines in the bottom of the top drawer and the divider as they were sagging and dragging when the top drawer was opened. A little rattle can work and I'll bolt the drawer unit up maybe on Monday after the paint dries as it's only 50Fvand raining this weekend. We'll also be spending Christmas at my SIL's home with all of my wife's family. Some of the pics are out of order as I haven't put them all in an album yet and just discovered them.

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Drawer pic: Trojan
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Any ideas or thought on where these came from or how old they may be?
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Ric, your table has come up a treat..

I don't think you will have much of an issue with the 1/4 inch thick top to be honest, its the same as mine and I have no problem with it at all. It has cleaned up well.

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Thanks, Steve. It is pretty well supported with stringers every 17" or so and checks quite level with a straight edge all along the top. I doubt I'll put anything very heavy on top as I mostly plan on making control arms for my racecar on it. I did have to jump up and down on the middle and it didn't seem to have any flex, LOL. Top is 37-1/4" high which lets me reach without bending over.
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Very nice redo.

BTW 1/4 inch top is great for 99% of things, a thicker top is only needed about 1% of the time.
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I appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.

There were 2- 1" thick plates laying in a vacant lot 4 blocks from our home for almost 5 year. One was 3'x 5' and the other was 4'x 8' , the kind they use to cover holes in streets during underground construction. By the time I had access to a boom truck to go and "borrow" them I noticed a couple of "No Trespassing" signs and 2 weeks later an apartment complex went up and the plates disappeared. As the little one spec'd out at over 700#, I didn't think I could get it in my truck by myself. Co-worker suggested hooking up a chain and dragging it home, but common sense told me that would leave a much too obvious trail, as well as make a ton of noise. So, now I have a table I can move in, out of and around the garage by myself, but is still heavy enough to provide a very solid work surface.

Thanks for dropping by. Very nice Youtube channel! I can't give you hell for your shop, Thumper68, but I feel your pain! Read your shop thread tonight; very interesting.
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I have a fab shop, my main table is a scrap 1/4
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Nice table redo. Can't say where the drawers came from, but would be most appropriate for large quantity condom storage. Mike
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Table cleaned up nice
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Nice table redo. Can't say where the drawers came from, but would be most appropriate for large quantity condom storage. Mike
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Table cleaned up nice
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Added a 4" 12 outlet power strip to the front of the table. Should make doing multiple tasks a little simpler. Top surface looks a bit cleaner and shinier in this pic. Keeping clamps and Vicegrips in the drawers for now. Still a WIP.
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