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You may have seen optical tables on TV or in a lab somewhere — thick metal-topped tables with threaded 1/4″ holes spaced every inch or so.  They’re very flat and stable, and the grid of holes allows you to precisely place equipment.

Strong Hand Tools’ BuildPro Welding Table is reminiscent of this design, but instead of threaded holes, the ground-steel 5/8″-thick plates have CNC-machined 5/8″ through-holes spaced in a grid every 2″ apart.  The table is flat to within 0.004” per foot, and the hole spacing is accurate to ±0.0015″.

You can reconfigure the plates to extend the width of the table for wider projects.  With ball lock bolts you can connect a variety of accessories to the table top, like straightedge stops, right-angle plates, riser blocks, and a wide selection of BuildPro clamps.  Strong Hand Tools lists eight pages of accessories.

The version available from Northern measures 48″ long by 36″ wide by 30″ tall and weighs 550lbs.  Now the depressing side:  It’ll cost you $2,200, and that’s without any of the nifty accessories.

BuildPro Welding Table (PDF) [Strong Hand Tools]
BuildPro Welding Table [Northern Tool]
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8 Responses to The Ultimate Welding Table

  1. Scott says:

    I must be missing something. This is to be used while welding (as opposed to using it to align pieces prior to welding and doing the welding elsewhere)?

    So I arrange my work pieces, clamp them down or together, and strike an arc or light the torch. Now I apply high heat to the parts, some of which heats small areas of the table. Isn’t that heat going to cause te surface of the table to move? The precision inherent in the materials will be lost (at least in some areas) but you won’t know where or by how much.

    What am I missing?

  2. Aaron says:

    Maybe you only tack the pieces together; not generating enough heat to transfer into the table?

  3. DocN says:

    Welding is not necessarily a precision process. Yes, some heat will transfer to the table, but unless you heat a spot red-hot, it’ll only move a few thousandths. That’s irrelevant for a piece that may only be, itself, accurate to a sixteenth- especially since the part itself will move as much or more simply from the heat.

    This sort of table, also, is typically intended for high-accuracy jigging for things like airplane parts, and as such is meant for use with TIG or high-quality MIG.

    You wouldn’t buy one if you’re just patching up old trailer hitches. :)

    Doc.

  4. Trevor D. says:

    “You wouldn’t buy one if you’re just patching up old trailer hitches. :)

    @ Doc – Well, *some* people might… haha. You never know :P

  5. tinbender2 says:

    Very well developed array of accessories. The price will probably limit sales to businesses. I have the “old” style jig table, which is only slightly less handy than this one, and use it mainly for tig welding assemblies.

  6. harryw says:

    I read a few catalog, compared prices. The welding tables in Germany has similar component. Rather filmsy. No welding table will stop heat distortion. If there is one, you cannot afford it, or it take too long time to set up.

    Users are supposed to weld the parts in the normal way, the best one can, and build the fixture around the part. The welding table fixture will help to keep teh relative dimensions. The distortion still need be trued.

    A friend of mine has one Strong hand welding in his garage. It helps in building 10-20 parts, especially in TIG welding. You do not need a welding fixture for three parts or to eliminate distortions.

  7. brian says:

    what kind of self respecting welder/fabricator “buys” a welding table to put in their garage? I built mine out if 3/8″ bar stock and I beams, it has 2″x2″ holes spaced out every 4″ so i can put a vice style clamp anywhere on the table and a band saw on one end complete with a drain to a 5 gallon bucket and pump for coolant. You guys just sound lazy

  8. Drew says:

    These are copies of Demmeler (Blueco) fabrication tables.
    The real deal are made in Germany and have a large cost. These, well, are affordable, but the quality is not the same… http://www.bluco.com/

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