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  • Adding Casters to Welding Table

    I found that I wasn't using my welding table too often because it was up against the wall and large weldments couldn't overhand the table due to the wall. The empty table weights about 400 lbs and I was storing metal on the bottom shelf so it made it even heavier. The bottom line is that the table was so difficult to move that I never moved it. My solution was to modify the table to add casters and leveling feet. The first picture shows the original table before modifications.

    1. Original welding table
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    My shop has three rooms in it and I wanted the welding table to fit through the doorways that connected the rooms of the shop. My addition is one of the rooms has a floor that is 11 inches higher than the adjacent room and I have a ramp to allow me to push welders and other equipment from one room to the other. I went through a bunch of concepts that allowed the table to fit through doorways and to make it up the ramp without bottoming out. I also wanted the casters and leveling feet to be wide enough to be stable.

    2. SolidWorks Model of modified welding table
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    2.1 Swivel Caster
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    2.2 Weld Table Fixed Caster
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    2.3 Weld Table Swivel Caster on Ramp
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    Last edited by Don52; 04-28-2020, 01:22 PM.
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    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

  • #2
    The first step was make all of the components as shown in the following picture. I ordered the 1" x 3" x 24 " bar, which is shown on the right, from On Line Metals. I used this bar to make the new thicker feet .

    3. Parts done except feet
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    4. Cutting feet
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    4.1 Chamfering edge of foot
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    The bottom of the bar had mill scale on it, so I used my Strong Hand Tools Grasshopper to ground the part.

    5. Using Grasshopper to ground part
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    5.1 Caster mounting plate welded
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    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    • #3
      6. Welding caster mounting plate to tubular strut
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      7. Caster mount plates welded
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      The table weighs about 400 lbs so I cribbed it up by jacking up each side and adding boards under the feet on each end.

      8. cribbing up table
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      I have a Z-Lift table, so I used it to jack it up the rest of the way.

      9. Lifting table
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      Once I the table was lifted, the first step was to cut off three inches from the bottom of the legs. This was necessary to prevent the leveling feet from bottoming out on the corner of the ramp.

      10. Leg ends cut off
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      Miller Thunderbolt
      Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
      Miller Dynasty 200DX
      Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
      Lincoln LE 31 MP
      Lincoln 210 MP
      Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
      16" DuAll Saw
      15" Drill Press
      7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
      20 Ton Arbor Press
      Bridgeport

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      • #4
        The next step was to weld the new thicker feet to the bottom of the legs. I used 1" thick metal for the feet to give good support for the 5/8-ll UNC threaded leveling feet, which I purchased from McMaster Carr.

        11. Feet in position for welding
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        To get adequate penetration for welding the 1" feet to the 1/8" tubing of the leg, I used my
        Lincoln 210 MP welder with dual shield flux core wire. The dual shield wire has a high arc density so it has outstanding penetration. I didn't require it in this case, but the slag allows this wire to be easily used in all positions.


        12. Welds on foot-1
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        13. Welds on foot-2
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        I used my Fireball Square to hold the struts in position for welding. (They are available from Fireball tool.)

        14. Fireball Square in position
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        15. Strut tack welded
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        Miller Thunderbolt
        Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
        Miller Dynasty 200DX
        Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
        Lincoln LE 31 MP
        Lincoln 210 MP
        Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
        16" DuAll Saw
        15" Drill Press
        7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
        20 Ton Arbor Press
        Bridgeport

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        • #5
          16. Top and left weld on strut
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          17. Right and overhead weld on strut
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          18. Painted
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          19. Casters and leveling feet mounted
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          20. Swivel caster
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          Miller Thunderbolt
          Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
          Miller Dynasty 200DX
          Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
          Lincoln LE 31 MP
          Lincoln 210 MP
          Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
          16" DuAll Saw
          15" Drill Press
          7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
          20 Ton Arbor Press
          Bridgeport

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          • #6
            21. Fixed caster
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            I tried it out and I was able to easily move the table between rooms of my shop and push the table up the ramp.

            -Don
            Miller Thunderbolt
            Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
            Miller Dynasty 200DX
            Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
            Lincoln LE 31 MP
            Lincoln 210 MP
            Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
            16" DuAll Saw
            15" Drill Press
            7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
            20 Ton Arbor Press
            Bridgeport

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            • #7
              Nice work Don, but then we've come to expect nothing less from you!
              Richard
              West coast of Florida

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              • #8
                Ya Don, good looking work. Thanks for posting all that.

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                • #9
                  I’ll take two sets of those, Don.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ltbadd View Post
                    Nice work Don, but then we've come to expect nothing less from you!
                    Thanks.

                    Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
                    Ya Don, good looking work. Thanks for posting all that.
                    You are welcome.

                    Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
                    I’ll take two sets of those, Don.
                    You know it is funny, but my friend Rick at work gave me the set of casters that he recovered from the trash about seven years ago. The casters were from a skid that carries car bodies through the paint booth, so they had some paint on them, which I removed. The yellow tubes that I used for the struts, were obsolete parts from the scrap bin.
                    Miller Thunderbolt
                    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
                    Miller Dynasty 200DX
                    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
                    Lincoln LE 31 MP
                    Lincoln 210 MP
                    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
                    16" DuAll Saw
                    15" Drill Press
                    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
                    20 Ton Arbor Press
                    Bridgeport

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