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Old 06-16-2009, 12:45 AM   #1
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I've always wanted one of those bad ass welding tables you see in super high-end fabrication shops. I figured they were... well, fabricated by the folks that use the...
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:48 AM   #2
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That is only a welding table of my dreams. I wish I could afford one of those.

Looks like you could clamp just about anything to it to jig up,.
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Man, I think you'd have to run a tap down those threaded (they are threaded, aren't they?) holes a lot. Plus knocking off all the dingleberrys on the surface, I don't know.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:27 AM   #4
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These are considered the cats meow of welding tables:

http://www.acorniron.com/products/platen.html

They don't use threaded connections to the table, instead relying on cast-in square holes and clamp brackets. They work very well.
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Last time I looked at one. They wanted 10k for it used but in like new condition.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:47 AM   #6
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Last time I looked at one. They wanted 10k for it used but in like new condition.
That must have been a pretty big one, or it came well tooled.

You can get a 5x5 platen with stand new from Acorn for about $4,200 to your door. The 5x5 platen is right at a ton, so bring friends or a forklift.

But the clamps are $50 to $100 EACH, so it does add up fast!
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:51 AM   #7
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We built a table that looks similar. No holes though, and it sure isn't flat to 0.004".
However it is handy as hell. I think we've got about 300.00 in ours.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:24 AM   #8
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I built a table with a 1/4 sheet steel top then found a number of 1/2" thick steel plates 6x16 inches at the scrap yard. I set these on top of the table with lengths of 1-1/2" square tubing beneath them. Easy to slide around to arrange. Usually I just clamp the work to the plates. I also drill a few 3/8" holes as needed for additional clamping. Works for me and was CHEAP.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:53 PM   #9
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A few years ago I did some side work at a fab shop that had eight Bluco tables. The owner said the larger table ran about 30 grand fully tooled. But those things were out of this world nice! http://www.bluco.com/welding/applications/index.html

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Old 06-16-2009, 01:44 PM   #10
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Here's one I picked up from a machine shop closing down for $800. about 3 feet by 6 feet, almost 7 inches thick precision ground cast iron. Just need to get my hands on a mag drill so I can dill a bunch of 1/2" holes for clamping.

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Old 06-16-2009, 09:20 PM   #11
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Wow... I bet that thing is HEAVY.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:52 PM   #12
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Not counting the weight of the stand, I'm swagging 4700 lbm (2 3/8 tons)!

This does not include the weight of the various attachments...




Sweet. Beats my 16" x 24" x 3/4" table(ette).

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Old 06-16-2009, 09:59 PM   #13
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If you're referring to mine, I don't think its quite that heavy. The bottom of it is lightened (a webbing pattern is cast underneath, with the perimiter and the edges, as well as the sides of the table machined. I think its about 2" thick at its thinnest point.

BTW a few months ago there was a 5x5 acorn table with stand for sale around here for $1,500... I had to pass, because I didn't have room for it, plus a guy can go broke buying all the clamps. Those things are crazy expensive.

Just recently I saw a craigslist ad with an 8x8 acorn (or acorn style, anyway) table for sale for $3,000. They claimed it weighed 4 tons.... That would be perfect for chassis fabrication.
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:49 PM   #14
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I agree with the comments about having to tap out the threads and remove dingleberrys from the surface. I painted mine and this provides enough of a barrier to just let the weld spatter bounce off onto the floor.
My bench weighs about 2.5ton, is made from 8" I beam frame with crossmembers and a 1" plate on top, milled flat with a datum line down the middle and 4 big caster wheels to move it around the shop. Originally made for a Ford assembly plant locally, I picked it up from a scrap metal dealer for $500.00......what a steal.....I would probably give up one of my kids before my bench!
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:07 PM   #15
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Not sure about the table pictured but on the high-end tables the holes are not threaded. When you turn the lock screw on the tooling, balls push out the bottom and lock it in from underneath. They also have blank plugs to pop in the open holes once you're setup. The different shops I've worked at have always had spray cans of anti-splater, spray down your platen and fixtures before starting and you're good to go. Stuff works great.

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I've done a bit of welding one mine. The table is normally coated with wd40 (midwest humidity+bare cast iron=rust). I clamp the parts to it and spray a bit of anti-spatter spray on the weld joint. Weld spatter does not stick to to the table at all, and not just in the spot where a bit of the anti-spatter spray hit it.
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Ohhh someone please find me the pict of that racing shop with the red tables.....can't find it.
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the one with the wall of snap-on boxes? it was on some desert race forum. I must have read the thread over 10 times when I first saw it.



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the one with the wall of snap-on boxes? it was on some desert race forum. I must have read the thread over 10 times when I first saw it.



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Yea, that's it. Everything was red...for the team colors or something.

Gosh darnit I wish I could find it.
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the edge of my platen. No threading. Let's see if I can find a better pic.




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