What is a Welding Table?
You may have heard of a welding table before, and how useful it is to have one. A welding table is a platform that is at waist level and it works like a workbench. You use it when you are working in metal fabrication with welding. A welding table is very useful because it gives the welder a stable place to work and also can provide assistance with both squaring and measuring. Generally, a welding table ranges in size from 20” x 40” to 6.5” x 13”. No matter what size they are, all welding tables are made of steel that is capable of withstanding the rigors and intense heat that comes with welding.
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You can perform many different jobs when you use a welding table. Many jobs require a welder to be able to square corners, do gauging, and measuring. A welding table is the perfect platform for doing all of that without having to put up with extra stress or added difficulties. You can also use a welding table for mounting purposes, such as bending brakes and jigs.
Another important part of the welding table is the clamp. Some tables have this built in (if you buy a welding table) and other tables will need this added (if you make one, for example). The clamp is designed to keep the work that you are doing in place so that it isn't sliding around on the table. Another useful benefit of having a clamp on your welding table is that you can use it to hold cables out of the way while you are working. There are other accessories you can get such as hot-rolled steel grill tops and a drawer-like tray to catch debris.
Some welders decide to build their own table rather than buy one. This allows the welder to customize the table to suit their specific needs, and it is very cost effective. You can spend as little as $50 for the basic materials.
If you do decide to build your own welding table, make sure you work in an area that is well-ventilated. This prevents you breathing in fumes and gases. If there is an area where the wind can easily pull gases away, then that is the perfect place for your welding table. While you're building your table, wear dry leather gloves to lower your risk of shock.
You can spend $199 or more on a ready-made welding table. The newest trend is a table that is modular. This is very convenient because you can make it as small or large as you want by joining tables for big jobs or moving them apart for smaller ones.