Searched around but didn’t see anyone here with one assembled.
I was looking for a table that was 31-32 X 48. Which just happens to be the size of the pro table. I dont know if this guy is on here or not but AveryFab built one from the pro that was exactly the size I wanted. I bought his DXF but I re-did a lot of it to work for me. I read a lot posts saying a level table couldnt be made on a plasma due to the warping and the holes being too off for the fixtures. I think I got it down. Hopefully someone else doing this will find it useful.
This is 6ft portion of a 4x8ft 1/4 mild sheet. In this picture I have 31.5 x 48in cut off on a separate sheet so it fits in my truck and also that happens to be the perfect size for the 1st cut:
I redid the file so that instead of a 5/8 hole mine was slightly smaller. .633. This allows me to use a reamer, but not so much of the reamer where it was a pain in the ass to make a perfect hole
All the structure made and assembled:
The markings here are my pause points. My compressor is 20gal + 20gal reserve tank. I cant run both my compressor and the plasma at the same time for long. It trips the breaker. So about every 8 holes I pause and let the tank catch up.
Building the feet. I wanted to weld the legs inside of the plates instead of on top:
Checking levels (.2 degree off)
Building the support legs: I wanted a place to put extra clamps so I added these holes on C-channel which when welded together is exactly a 2x2. The plates under it are for the casters
Welding it all together: The reason I like to do this upside on top of aluminum square tube is because it keeps it really flat which is a problem with plasma cut things. Just so happens im building an aluminum gate so I had these pieces around. I plan to use to table to build the gate but I already precut all the pieces.
Here it is painted:
Mounted and flipping it: Cans are there to stop me from getting stabbed… again.
Welding the top tabs: This is the real trick as you have weld it from the inside out and cross weld while also keeping a plate on it to make sure you’re always level. Basically you’re pushing out the warp to the edges which you weld flat at the end:
This is how flat it is if you go slow: its this flat across the whole table at all angles.
Where im at now. Next week I’ll surface prep the top and coat it in Gibbs to prevent rusting:
So is it possible to build flat without laser cut… Yes. Is it a royal pain in the butt… also yes. But the same table on laser was over 1000 without the legs.
This table , Metal sheet 250. Legs were free I had a piece of square tube and some C-channel. 5" casters with levelers were 30 on amazon. I had to buy some thread all , nuts and bolts and misc stuff about 100 worth.