WELDING UP A WELDING TABLE
The Certiflat Table Build
If you are just starting out or you are an experienced welder, chances are you need a solid and level surface in which to get your work done. And as most fabricators know, there is a wrong way and a right way to set up your welding station. And of course there is usually a pretty healthy price tag associated with doing so.
Tab and Slot LLC makes a line of DIY welding tables called Certiflat, and it wants you to have the sweetest welding surface possible for a great price. And the way Tab and Slot does this is pretty genius. These welding tables, blocks, and fixtures are designed to be slid together and welded with a tab-and-slot methodology. What is that, you say? All you have to do is slide the parts together, whip out your welder, and easily build your own welding table? Another great thing regarding the Certiflat tables is that there are a myriad of tabletops, Fabblocks, and fixtures to choose from in many sizes and shapes for the DIY garage welder all the way up to the professional contract welder.
For our welding needs we chose a 24 x 36-inch Fabblock ($399) with Fabrack legs ($129) and casters ($44.99) to keep our welding station mobile. Our buddy Eddie at Walden Speed Shop offered his exceptional TIG welding skills over our shoddy in-house MIG machine, so we took him up on his offer. Here’s how it all went.
SOURCES: TAB AND SLOT LLC weldtables.com WALDEN SPEED SHOP waldenspeedshop.com LINCOLN ELECTRIC lincolnelectric.com
As you can see, the main surface, internal structure, and sides all come flat-packed from the manufacturer and simply slide together with tabs and slots before welding.