Ok, now that I have the "frame" for my welding table built I've actually
done a couple small projects on it and done some test/practice welding
I've run up against a small issue. What the best way to keep spatter
from sticking to my table? I see guys spray anti spatter spray on parts
all the time, but I think I go go through a lot of it in fairly short
order on even a modest project. Seems most paints won't do the trick
either. After all red hot molten balls of metal are flying at it
continuously. Also, a paint would inhibit electrical flow through the
table to the part. (Oh I like that part. Through it on the table and
weld it. BOOM!. LOL.)
Somewhere I read that builders of boat railings tack-weld the mounting
flanges to the table and grind/sand the surface smooth afterwards.
Aircraft builders weld on a plywood table:
"Once you've got everything lined up and ready to tack weld, you
should give some thought to protecting the bench top; when you tack
weld the tubing, everything within several inches of the joint comes
up to kindling temperature almost immediately. There are several ways
to keep your bench top from turning into a patch or charcoal: One way
is to pick up several six-inch square pieces of black iron sheeting
from your local sheet metal shop and trim these so you can slide them
under the joint to be welded."
Stick welding doesn't burn the wood as badly as acetylene (or a
propane plumbing torch), and the work can be raised on firebricks. I
weld outdoors so the wood / glue smoke or welding fumes aren't
I have a cracked, rejected storm drain grate to use like an Acorn
table when the work needs much close-in clamping. It adjusts to any
convenient sitting or standing height on the hydraulic platform
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