DIY Welding Table: How to Build One (Step-by-Step Guide)
A welding table is an absolutely necessary equipment every metalworking enthusiast should have. Not only do they provide a reliable surface for welding, but they can also be used as a versatile workbench for any type of metal or woodwork needs. They are also an important part of the welding safety guidelines.
While there are many welding tables available for you to buy with many advanced features and storage spaces for all your tools, even the most basic ones can be quite a load on your wallet. But you don’t have to spend a lot for the best welding table.
Here we will give you a step-by-step guide on how to build a DIY welding table with easy to get materials and some welding skills. A DIY welding table can be very simple to make with the right instructions.
Tools and Materials Needed
Before we get started, we need to go ahead and acquire all the tools and materials we will need for this project. Having everything ready to go beforehand will make the process a lot less stressful.
- Welding machine
- A metal cutting drop saw
- Square steel tubes for the legs and the supporting frame
- 1/8 inches’ thick square metal sheet for the tabletop
- Angle magnets – 4
- Angle grinder
- Casters equipped with breaks for portability
- Tape measure
- Random orbit sander
- Paint and paintbrush
- Safety tools: welding helmet, welding cap, thick leather gloves
With your tools and your materials ready, let’s get started on this step by step process and make a sturdy welding table for yourself.
Step 1: Take Measurements
You will need to take measurements of the metal sheet and make markings for where the sheet will be attached with the bottom supporting frame. Make sure you know how much the welding table height should be.
- Lay your square sheet down
- Draw a square inside with the sheet with a 4”-6” smaller edge
- Line up a small piece of the square tube on all 4 of the corners and draw out where the legs will attach
- Mark the square tubes so that you have –
- 4 tubes with length equal to the inner square’s edge for the upper frame
- 4 tubes of about waist length (30 -35 inches’) for the legs
- 5 support tubes with length = (inner square’s edge – 2 x square tubes’ width)
Step 2: Cut the Steel
Now, you need to cut the square steel tubes according to the measurement you marked on them.
- For the upper frame tubes – cut them on both ends at a 45º angle in a way that the 4 pieces can be assembled into a square shape
- Cut the leg tubes with both sides flat
- Cute the support tubes with both sides flat as well
- Use your angle grinder to smooth out any rough edges from the cutting process
Step 3: Assemble the Upper Frame
At this stage, you will assemble and weld the upper frame in place.
- On your sheet metal markings, put together the upper frame pieces along the inside square marking
- Use the angle magnets on the 4 corners to make sure that they are assembled at right angles at all corners
- Put on your welding cap under your welding helmet and wear the thick leather gloves
- Fully weld all the visible corners where the edges of the metal meet
- Flip over after all visible sides are done and complete the weld on the other side
- Slip in 3 of the support tubes inside the square metal frame with equal spacing in between
- Keep angle magnets to prop the supporting tubes up where they need to be welded
- Weld the supporting tubes at all places where they touch the frame
Step 4: Attach the Legs
On this step, you will attach your legs with the upper framework. But first, you have to adjust the spacing within the legs.
- Use a supporting tube length between two leg tubes about 2 inches’ above where they would touch the ground
- Use angle magnets to hold the support in place and weld it properly
- Do the same for the other pair of legs
- Use a clamp to hold the two pairs of legs at the appropriate positions of the upper frame and weld them secure
- Measure the distance between the bottom support pieces on the legs and cut a length of metal tube with the same measure
- Weld the new tube piece at the center of the two bottom pieces to connect them
Now your legs are firmly attached to the upper frame.
Step 5: Attach the Tabletop
All the hard work is done, and the process is almost over. You can weld on the tabletop with the top supporting frame.
- Align the top support structure with the inner square drawn on the metal sheet
- Use clamps to tightly grip the top sheet onto the frame
- Now do a full weld on all the corners and sides so that the top surface is firmly attached to the entire frame
Step 6: Attach the Casters
Having casters with this table will help you in lots of ways. It becomes similar to a welding cart. You can use the table as a makeshift workbench for any woodwork or other tool work you might want to do. So, having the transportability will be a great boon.
Weld on the plates for screwing in the casters on the bottom part of the legs. Then simply, screw in the casters onto the plates, and you will have a fully functional, portable welding bench/ workbench.
Step 7: Sand and Paint
- Sand all the visible surfaces with a random orbit sander to make them smooth and shiny
- Clean out the sanded out particles from the pores with a dry paintbrush
- Apply your preferred color of paint on the table with the paintbrush
The final product will be a very sturdy and portable DIY welding bench for all your welding works. You can easily add sliding drawers or sliding platforms to this table using another supporting frame that will fit below the top surface. With the knowledge of how to build a DIY welding table, get crafty, and make your own.