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Tripper

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So when my mentor died in 2007, I bought his welding table! He was an incredible fabricator & could build anything & I think about him every day which is easy with this sitting in my shop! I have since added supports to put a sheet of expanded metal on top!

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It's small but I use it for doing everything. The hold down clamps are awesome. My guy at the shop made the top on a CNC
 

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My main table is 4.5 feet by 6 feet, made from 1.5 thick steel, and weighs in at 1800 pounds. The vice sets slightly below table height. The legs are adjustable to zero in on level. There is a rack of grinders, storage for clamps, and a pocket underneath, for framing squares. I have several others including a 7x14 that has large steel wheels and is moved by forklift.
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Wanted one for a long time, finally built one, 4x8 with a 3\8 top on 6" castors. Still have a cpl more thing that need to be done to it. bottom shelf will be 1/2 plywood, 1/2 expanded metal.
 

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I have this small table with a 5/8" thick top. For larger, longer stuff I use these heavy duty saw horses. Otherwise, I build off the floor.
 

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I only had a 3' x 5' 5/8" steel plate as a table. It was just on a stand, along the wall, no wheels on it. I also have a pair of really heavy duty steel saw horses for bigger stuff. Usually about 1/2 the welding table was covered with "stuff" as seen looking through the truck door in the first pic! The 2nd pic is my saw horses in action. I also had a pair of 8' long 4" channel iron if I needed extra length I clamped to the saw horses. I only had a 2 car garage to work in, and my wife's car sat in it over night unless there was a long drawn out project in the garage. A lot of work was done outside. Ran my welding shop out of that two car garage for the last 20 years. sometimes it was a pain, but you do what you have to do.
 

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Dismantled mine because of space. I'll put it together again on the next big welding project if it comes along. No matter how I try, I lack space in my barn to work. Right now a C10 and my Harley have all the workable space. It would help if I quit rescuing motors and transmissions...
 
A friend of mine has his lift outside on a concrete slab with no roof and works there all the time.
I thought about putting it outside but I'd have to cement it in to the ground then I'd be at the mercy of the weather anytime I needed it. May still do that!
 
Anything within reach that is sorta flat and level is game. Sometimes it’s the wood table with the vise on it, sometimes it’s the wood top of the toolbox, sometimes it’s the vice on the drill press. Pickup tailgate works well, as does the bush hog on the tractor, especially if you need a place to hammer something. The floor works as well for larger stuff.
 
My welding table has a solid steel top, about two and a half feet by five feet, and an expanded steel shelf about a foot and a half higher near the wall. The whole thing is junked up too much to have its picture taken. There's a five inch vice bolted to it in one corner.
 
Remember when you bought or built your table, how it was gonna be the end all to keep stuff from accumulating on the floor? Then it magically turned into the background and now it’s nowhere to be found? I think we all can relate to that….if it’s flat around here, something gets sat on it!
 

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