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Looking to build/purchase a table robust enough to build a vehicle on, but also small enough to use as a fab table/bench.  Size is tricky due to limited space, so I'd have to figure something out.  Anyway, what are some things you would want in one?  I'm starting this thread for a bit of a source for this info, since I have only found random information on this so far.  Also wanting to build an axle jig of sorts.

 

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So I've been thinking this over, anyone ever think of using on of those mid rise car lifts in combination with a chassis table? it would be pretty handy, easy to build to.
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whats a mid rise table? I use a couple I beams bolted together. Quick cheap straight and easy



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Attached a picture.  My idea would be to use two beams instead or a bigger piece of the the HSS/c-channel (just something that is stiffer) for where the frame would sit.

 

How big of beam have you used in the past?  

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I'll measure them they were true I beams and I think 4 inch. nice and straight. I actually made two cross members and bolted them across the front and back.Then made mounts to bolt the beams to the axles I use. I was able to make mounts to support the engine tranny and seats where I wanted them to sit and built the frame around everything. It kept every thing straight and allowed for easy measuring/ alignment. But everything pulls and warps when you weld it a little. Even if you clamp it all down. As long as you build everything neutral and don't try to fix improper bends and bad copes with come alongs or pounding mis fit pieces into tight spots it all works out. 



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That's good info with the making axle/engine/tranny brackets, gives me a good idea on size too.
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Thought I'd bump this back to the top.  Picked up some 12" tall by 7" wide I-beams a little while back to use for a table.I'm going to basically lay them side by side, stitch weld the flanges together and go from there.  It'll be 28" wide, and I haven't decided on length yet, but at least 6' long.  The beams I picked up are 10-11 footers (four of them).  I still want to make up a lift frame like the one picture, bare minimum I'll build the legs like jack stands, but this may all change once I get to this once the Centurion is finished up.


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Welp;  I got started on the table finally.  A couple of the beams have a fair bit of twist in them and have made it a bit of a challenge to get everything flat.  Right now everything is tacked into place, my next step is to get some cheap jackstands for my plan i have for the legs/casters.  once finished I'm going to see what it will cost to have the top milled flat, then bolt a 1/4 or 3/8" plate to that for my welding surface, and the to of the ibeam for finer detail work.

 

The other thing, is that I decided to build the table with no gaps between the beams, and if i need to have clamping points I will drill holes for clamping.

 

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The bottom beams that stick out are there for the two extra pieces of beam i have, they will be my "anvil" and when I need extra room.


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Done enough to be usable. Sits at 35" tall to the top with the legs bottomed out and 45" tap with them fully extended. Still need to add casters and finish welding the legs. Have little cleanup on the top too.

Legs are made from cheap Jack stands I picked up, I cut the tops off and used some 1.5" studs/nuts I had to level it perfect.

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should do the trick. Thats exactly what I do for anchoring points. Just drill as I go. So did you just stitch the beams?



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Beams are 100% seal welded on the top and ground flush, and then on the bottom they are 100% welded to the cross beam all around, bottom isn't welded at all, the side with the end plates will be seal welded as well.
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Another update.  Since I'm getting ready to start on the truck again, I decided to track down some more beams to use as a dedicated jig for the truck (I'll even put it on casters to move it around).  I'll be picking up two 14' long 8.5x5" i-beams.  I'm thinking I'll cut them just a little longer then the wheelbase that I want to use (120"), bolt the two cross beam to the bottom flanges of the beams running length wise with the frame, level the ibeams and away i go. I'll mock the axles on top of the beams then place the frame on top of this at full bump.  Casters on the cross beams and it will stay on the beams until its ready to come off.


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I have a jig Like that. It works well. 



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So picked up the beams with the centurion, buggers are 15 footers, had both rows of seats out , shoved the beams up to the dash , left the tailgate down, and they only stuck out a foot and a bit. Glad I have the centurion lol, the thing has lots of room lol.

Anyway after cleaning the garage I got to setting up the beams, I was going to cut them down and us the cut offs for the cross beams, which would be flush mounted with the main beams. But after some measuring, and determimg the wheelbase I decided to do things a touch different as you'll see in the pictures. I've gotten it all squared and leveled out, just leaving it be for the night, I'll double check the measurements tomorrow and weld it out , cut those tabs off, put the castors on and slide it under the ranger.

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Where did  you get the beams Cody? I used to send everyone to Federal when my dad owned it but since my sister and her husband took it over there's nothing there. I was just curious because even I'll need to get some sometime.



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Found a guy on kijiji that tore down a steel framed building (he still has some left if you are interested), no way I'd be able to afford these beams if I bought them new.  I think I spent $350 total for these beams and the ones for the bench (74' total), paid less then $5 a foot.


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If anyone is looking for something like that, check Amix...I know they have one in vancouver, but not sure about Alberta.  They sell new and recycled steel....was anywhere from $0.05 to $0.5 per pound.  But I havent checked recently.



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Got the chassis jig welded out and the castors on, still measure true & level, and rolls nice and easy.  Measures 17" high from the floor to the top face of the beam.

 

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I was able to get the tabs cut and the jig under the ranger.  the Casters work great, I can move the entire truck around the garage by myself.  When I go to work on it I'll level it with screw type jacks, and the frame will be welded to the beams.  In the pictures its sitting nice and stable on blocks, and thats because the gas tank is in the way to drop the frame all the way down.  Either way I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

 

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