Metal Shop and Pop: Sheet Steel and You

So I went down to NC for a couple of days to build a welding table with my Dad.  It turned out pretty nicely all things considered.  We needed more practice on our MIG welds, but constructing a 4×4 foot table proved to be good exercise.  We added a small 26 inch long extension off one side that will be my Dad’s cutting area where he’ll slot in steel strap for cutting with his plasma cutter and or Oxy-Acetylene torch if he ever goes that route.  So that was a pretty solid few days of work.  At the metal shop in Brooklyn I’ll have a slightly different tack for building a base for our kitchen counter.  My plan there is to build metal brackets to go around the 3×3″ wooden legs and then finish the skirt with wood and hanging drawers.  Zoe’s aunt has a bed that will replace ours as I’ll be cutting up  the bed frame I build to use for the legs.

Finished. 1/4″ sheet is heavy

MIG – tucked in to prevent death from rotary cutting tools

4 responses to “Metal Shop and Pop: Sheet Steel and You”

  1. Peter says:


    Maybe you can add in a shelf underneath the table so that you can put you welding clamps and tools etc.

    This is what I did for my small welding table.


    • Mark says:

      Yes, in fact my Dad has that very plan. He bought a big sheet of extruded steel (like mesh, diamond shape holes) that he’s going to cut and put on that bottom shelf area which is about 10 inches or so from the ground. He also said he’d add diagonal support brackets to the cutting area. I believe he tried to level that extension more, as we made the mistake of welding the cutting area separately while the whole thing was upside down instead of tacking it and leveling it with the wheels and legs finished.

  2. Aris Blevins says:

    Let’s see some sketches of said counter… sounds like quite the project.

  3. Aris Blevins says:

    Also, your wp comments captcha is popping up two captcha’s instead of one, maybe a bad if statement in comments.php?