Tooling for the ArcFlat table

I ordered two of the table tops yesterday for my garage fabrication shop/business.
I’m curious where people are sourcing tooling: stops, pins, clamps, etc.

My previous (current) table top is a 7/8" thick aluminum plate
that I’ve drilled some 5/8" holes in for drop-in clamps
which I made by welding Harbor Freight clamps to 5/8" bolts.
I might make more of them and commission them for this table,
but I’m also curious what other options are out there.

StrongHand has a really impressive lineup of tooling,
but the only pricing I can find is for the big packages like the Rhino Cart.
Their website only provides a catalogue to show you what they make
without providing prices anywhere.


Grainger (a little pricey)
trick-tools.com
weld tables.com

They all have clamps and stops and such. Standard 5/8" or 16mm accessories should work. There’s a decent collection of YouTube videos of people making their own because it really seems ridiculous to spend $35 on a clamp that if you do some welding and have some 5/8" stock or bolts you can turn a regular Bessey
clamp into a Bessey welding clamp replica :slightly_smiling_face:

Nice, thanks.

Fireball Tool sells tooling for this stuff as well, and has a 10% off coupon blackfriday until Monday.

I’ve made some of those DIY clamps with Harbor Freight clamps and they work well.
We had a 5x10 Dimmeler/Bluco table with 22mm holes at my last job
and a rack with like $10k in tooling, so I’m hoping for some scaled-down versions of that stuff,
which includes things like clamps that are adjustable laterally as well as vertically.
Odds are I’ll end up making a bunch of my own stuff,
but it’s nice to get a few nice things to help seed the fab process, y’know?
Like a single nice pair of blacksmith tongs can greatly help you make more tongs.

Definitely. I have a few bought fixtures so I know things are square when I make other things. Same reason I didn’t buy a standard flat pack tab & slot “build your own fab table” package. You can’t get better precision than what you’re building on and I don’t have a table that’s flat to 3 decimal points.

The DIY dog hole clamps I made from cheap 5/8" bolts
and cheap Harbor Freight clamps
are working really well in this table.

They did not work very well in the 5/8" holes I put in my 7/8" thick aluminum plate,
but the 3/8" thick iron is holding them much better.

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would love to see the other end of your clamps…the threaded rod / bolt end

X87

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I was kinda thinking the same thing…but I was more like ^^$((&%^$%@#

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You mean the part that goes into the dog hole?
It’s just a bog standard 5/8” bolt.

I’ve got some 5/8” shoulder bolts I’m going to use for the next batch
as they’re closer to the nominal size of the hole
so there is less slop.

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Any news on when the kit from Langmuir Systems will be available?