I made myself a water table and transfer pump system. I want the least amount of warping as I/we do not have a powered Z (yet My rationale for not buying one was that I had the materials around that I could make a water table so it was slightly cheaper (time not factored). For me, I needed a transfer pump solution as my table gets moved all the time around the shop. If you have the water table, even partially full, and you move the crossfire an inch or two, you create a mini tsunami that cascades over the edges… So I wanted a solution to drain and fill the table quickly.
I do not own a large enough press brake for this diamond tread plate to bend, so I had to score the material first then bend it with a mallet over some wooden blocks… Crude but worked OK. Again I would NOT use diamond tread, but it is what I had laying around. This diamond tread was 0.125 nominal, and the diamond protrusions were 0.188. The aluminum bungs for the drain and anode are 1/2 pipe. I used coolmist coolant concentrate for the fluid for now.
The only thing I plan on doing is getting narrower slats next time I go buy steel, so I can get the work piece closer to the water (currently about .250-.5" above. I also am going to be mounting my Everlast 205S to the expanded aluminum shelf I made to keep my setup more compact; this is assuming it will not cause grounding issues. The shelf is 1.5"x1.5"x0.250" Aluminum angle, some 1/8 expanded AL, and a center support that is 1.5"x3/16 U channel. The slat holders are just slotted 1.5x1.5x0.250 AL angle that I added 3 offset threaded holes to and used 1/4-20 304SS set screws for adjustment. This allows me to adjust my slat bed independently from the rest of the crossfire frame and my water table. It works great. Also welded on a grounding lug (last pic).
I made a video on you tube that has more information about the actual setup,
Here are a few pictures as well. Thanks!