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Old 05-12-2019, 09:01 AM   #1
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Making a welding table with a steel desk as a base


I've got an old steel desk I'd like to use as a base for a welding table. The desk was going to be trashed - but I'd like to give it a 2nd life.

The plan is to use steel angle welded to a 1/8" steel plate as the top. This platform will then be welded to the circled supports on the steel desk. I'll raise the finished table height to ~40" using steel angle b/w steel top and the desks supports.

The supports are maybe a gauge thinner than 1/8".

The rest of the desk is sheet metal. The top laying on the desk in the picture is too thin for a welding top.

The advantages of using the desk as the base for my welding table are:

1. Limiting the amount of metal I need to build a welding table. I can use the scrap I have laying around.
2. The desk is a square platform.
3. The desk has plenty of storage prebuilt
4. The desks legs have pre-threaded holes for casters.

Decent plan?
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Planning to put it on casters? Might help when if you need to move it around.
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Re: Making a welding table with a steel desk as a base


I think that the 1/8 plate is going to be too thin, and dent, warp, and distort, when any heat, or heavier materials are welded while atop it.

For that matter the desk might not support much weight as a foundation for welding on.

I would still use it, but build a sturdy frame around it with casters for the frame .

A good idea, always can be improved on.


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I did something similar, but used a steel frame from a 1980;s main frame computer.

I used 3/8" thick plate.

That way you can tack things to the top, and pursuade things with a hammer, without denting or warping the top.

If you use angle to attach the top, such that it lifts the top up off the base then you can also clamp things to the top easily, as shown below.
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I'll throw some casters on it.

I currently have a 1/8" thick 24"x 48" plate , but the desk is 30"x60". So it's a bit of hack job top.

I emailed my steel supplier to see if they have scrap/drops in 3/16,1/4 or 5/16" thickness that's a closer match to my desk's dimensions.
@HenryMac the angle used to lift the top off the desk will be about 10" tall which will give me a decent space to run clamps.
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