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    Hi All,
    Been lurking for a couple weeks and really enjoy the board. I live in central Michigan with my wife and youngest daughter (13). My oldest daughter (19) is in the United States Navy I'm proud to say and is currently stationed in Pennsacola Florida.

    When my dad passed away 10 years ago, I got his 110V Mig welder, a K-Arc 100 that was purchased at the LWS. I sturdied up some school lockers I picked up and welded little things here and there, but nothing major.

    Then a couple weeks ago, a friend of a friend needed a little cash, so I picked up a HH175 in like new condition. If I was buying a new welder it would probably have been the HH210, but the price was right for the HH 175 and it is a big step up for me.

    After reading the message boards, there are many projects I would like to attempt. I think I would like to make a little weld table as my current setup came with a cart. Is 1 in square tubing acceptable strength wise for carts, shelves etc? Then what gage for the table top or for a shelf? 1/4" plate is pretty expensive.

    Lots and lots to learn, but I'm looking forward to it and I think I can find all kinds of help here on the message boards.
    HH -175
    KArc - 100

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    Welcome to the forum. I live in SE MI. I used 1/4" for my welding surface and it is marginal. It has already warped due to the heat. You may want to try recycling for your table top. I'm not sure where in MI you live but here are some places in MI:

    This one is just north of 18 Mile on the east side.
    Admiral Metals
    41200 Mound Road Sterling Heights, MI

    This one is west of Van ****.
    Macomb Scrap Metal Recycling Inc
    7837 Metropolitan Parkway Sterling Heights, MI

    They have metal here too.
    Royal Oak Waste Paper & Metal CO
    414 East Hudson Avenue Royal Oak, MI

    If you do light weight work the 1/8x1x1 would be adequate. The design I like best is 1/4 x 2 x 2 square tubing for the legs and 1/4 x 2 x 2 angle for the cross members with a 1/2 inch top. Be sure to overlap the top ~4" for clamping. Attached are a links to some welding table discussions. Try the search function for more info
    Last edited by Don52; 11-25-2008, 06:35 PM.
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