I was walking through the shop a few weeks ago and came to the realization that all my room was gone. Currently my garage is 25 feet wide and 40 feet long with a 700 square foot upstairs…but I don’t have access built into that yet. So a couple dozen vehicle builds and a few years later I’ve accumulated some crap.
Step 1 was throwing all the junk away. The easy part. Step 2 organization: that’s not bad either. Move a few things around and everything has a spot.
I started looking at my gear and the first thing that caught my eye was my welding table. It’s more of a multipurpose table. And it’s small. Too small. For the past few years it’s primary role in the shop has been the anchor for the vise that holds my TN-250 notcher. And it does that very well.
The point of all this is that I was in desperate need of an upgrade, so I weighed out some options. Size, adaptability, repeatability, reliability, and cost were all on the top of my list. A few minutes searching on the web lead me to Certiflat Weld Tables.
Whenever I begin the purchase process I like to read buyer reviews. And laugh. Then I read up on some forums. And I laugh even harder. I can never decide if YouTube videos, internet forums, or the employees at Autozone have more bullshit contained within them. But that’s a topic for a whole other blog series.
So regardless of keyboard superhero’s (who all seem to be production weldors/engineers/scientists/experts of everything/gods in their own minds) opinions of a surface’s ability to hold flatness (or lack thereof), I purchased a Certiflat Weld Table. From what I understood it would give me the ability to set up and continually make solid repeatable measurements and the parts I needed. The price was right. The size was right.
I’m not going to do an “unboxing” and a step by step. They are both insubstantial and stupid.
Assembling the table was very easy and very straightforward. Use a straight edge to determine which side of the 3/16″ thick table top is slightly bowed outwards, lay the ribbing in place that makes up the backbone of the table, clamp it down, check the surface several times to ensure you’ve pulled it flat, and weld it all in place.
I purchased a 2′ x 4′ and the leg kit too. Total assembly time for everything took about an hour. I opted to install the casters as opposed to the leveling feet. My floor is almost perfect and I have my own little design for leveling/jacking feet that I run on everything that isn’t bolted to the floor.
The leg setup was a breeze with the “tab and slot” design. Everything kind of snapped together, was checked for squareness, and welded up.
Overall I’m happy with the table. It’s got all those beautiful 16mm holes 2″ on center, how could you not be happy with that. It’s a pretty universal design. All the jigging tools in 16mm and 5/8″ can be put to use. They also sell an array of squares, hardware, and even plasma tables. I’m waiting on one of their 6″ x 6″ x 4″ fabSquare tools and a set of slats to adapt to my CNC table right now. They’re a one stop shop for clamping and holding on a welding table.
For all the experts: it may not be perfectly flat over a 6′ run to .000000198″ but no one really cares. Keep doing Google searches to make yourself feel smart on a forum while we do what we do in the real world.
Catch you next time. Doc.
Chassis builder, engine builder, cynic