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.