Once in a while I have to weld something so I built a small bench to hold the welder and it's support items.
The bench is 48" long, and 36" high, the top is made of 2x6s and it has a welded 1.5" angle iron frame.
I mounted my 6" vise (for honking on stuff) on one corner, put a couple of drawers under it, and a small shelf to hold the welder.
Later I had to reverse the bench's position so I moved the vise to the right front corner.
I like the inverted trapezoid for strength, prevents front back motion, uses a little less material, and makes working around it a little easier (better toe room). Remember, the triangle is the strongest geometric shape, and a trapezoid is a triangle with the tip cut off. I made the two end frames then connected them with a single piece of angle at the top and diagonals at each top back corner (see back side of bench pic).
The first one of these I made about 17 years ago, I dowelled the top together, edge wise, then bolted the top down to the frame using carriage bolts. It was 5 feet long, had one small drawer in the center, and a shelf running the entire length. My son John has the original bench.
I made this bench 6 years ago, I edge laminated the top (4 feet long), using #20 biscuits, from yellow pine 2 x 6s, then screwed all the top frame parts to the bottom of the wooden top, the frame is 1-1/2" angle I made this bench before I made my woodworking bench.
|The new welding bench, as it appeared originally, with vise on left, showing inverted trapezoid end frames.|
|Front view of bench before I moved the vise and added power outlets.|
|Back side of the bench. It doesn't show here, but there is a piece of angle welded across the far end frame to support the other end of the shelf.|
|Both drawers open.|
|Front of the bench, after moving vise to right, you can see the power outlet under the vise.|
|Bottom drawer with my speedglas helment, and the flat mask that came with the Lincoln wire welder.|
|Top drawer, it holds small tools used when welding, like a chipping hammer, clamps, and brush. I have since moved my files, punches, etc. to this drawer.|
|Cluttered top. Set up for drying cartridge cases after ultrasonic cleaning. I'll try to get a pic later of the top with it's sheetmetal plate (facilitates welding). The sheet and the vise are both gounded.|