Last winter I built a bunch of display cases so the Hamilton Museum could show off more of their wood type collection. I looked at the Wish List a while ago and saw a need for strong tables for workshop areas. I figured maybe I could make some.
I know wood working well enough to make some tables, but strong tables made out of wood would probably be quite heavy. So I thought I should try making a table out of steel to see what design would work to be strong and light weight.
I joined a hackerspace in Chicago two years ago. It’s a place with lots of tools and benches where members can work on whatever kind of building project they like. It’s sort of like having your own shop but quite a bit bigger. The tools include every kind of power tool there is, from metal cutting bandsaws, lathes and welders to wood planers and table saws.
I got a short introduction to arc welding...