Do You Really Need a Welding Table? [FAQ, Tips & Best Of]

07 Jan.,2023


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Welding can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Obviously, you want to ensure your personal safety as much as possible.

Having a stable surface to work on is a big part of that. But apparently, a lot of you don’t have a stable welding table to work on yet, which is a little worrying!

Take Brad, for example, who recently asked us for something a bit more sturdy than the random furniture he’d been using (read more below).

To help Brad on his quest for the perfect working surface, I took a dive into the world of welding tables to come up with the best tips and a list possible.

Hope you read this before you spend your money, Brad!

A Question From Brad

I used to weld on some random table or chair (I’m not sure) and sometimes, when I moved too quickly, the whole table started to move…

So, Tommy, I need something that isn’t woobly!!, doesn’t cost a fortune and it could fit in my small workshop. What do you suggest?

Firstly, anyone reading this; if you find you’re welding on random furniture, stop. Just stop. You’re an accident waiting to happen.

When you’re welding, you’re dealing with tools operating at incredible temperatures.

There’s molten metal, there are sparks; basically, there are hazards. Lots of them.

All it would take is for one wobbly table leg to move the wrong way for you to start welding a part of your body, rather than the project you’re working on.

Anyone who’s ever seen an injury caused by welding equipment knows that’s a very, very bad thing.

Luckily, there are tables and workspaces designed specifically for welding.

They’re sturdy, they’re robust, they can take a beating, and many of them have neat little features to help you with your work.

But, obviously, there are a lot of them.

All sorts of shapes and sizes make and models, brands, and materials. The list was enormous.

Here’s my table for welding and other stuff. You can’t buy it, because it’s custom made.

So in the interest of helping out, I spent about 20 hours researching the available welding tables out there to come up with a loss.

Most stuff, as you might expect, was junk. Cheap, unreliable, or just really not selling me on the safety.

What I’ve ended up with instead is a list of the 5 Best Welding Tables, based on my research.

After ditching a good 85% of my search results, this is the cream of the crop.

I hope everyone reading this list finds it informative. Even if you’re currently using a reliable table, keep it in mind for when your mind needs a change or an upgrade in the future.

I’ve already done the long hours for you; save your time and bookmark this page for future reference.

How Did I Pick These Products?

I have five criteria when selecting products:

BRAND: I like to go with a brand I recognize and trust. Known brands usually have higher quality assurance processes than off-brands.

They typically use better materials and have better build standards.

You will often find off-brand versions of many of these. They may even come from the same factory.

But they won’t have necessarily passed all the QC checks needed to ensure the functionality and safety that the brand companies demand.

That’s why I stick to reputable brands.

RELIABILITY: You’ll be doing a lot of work on these tables; they need to hold up to use and abuse pretty well.

From the occasional hobbyist to the professional, I wanted something that would suit everyone’s needs.

PRICE: Brad said he didn’t want to break the bank, and I respected that. Like most products, you largely get what you pay for.

Saving money often means cutting corners, which means you’re often risking a less-safe product. Nobody wants that.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t often find good value for money if you know where to look.

PORTABILITY: Brad was looking for something he could fit into a small workshop. I figured, why not make it portable as well?

It’s nice to have something set up at home, but a welding table you can take to a job site is just that much more useful.

EXTRA FEATURES: A welding table doesn’t need to just be a welding table.

Any extra little features that make your life easier while working, I took into account when considering products.

So Which Welding Table did I pick as the Best One?

During my research, I’ve found 5 that are in my opinion worth taking a look at.

Strong Hand Tools Nomad Welding Table w/ MagSpring Clamp and Mini Magnet


Weight Cap: 350 lbs


Size: 24 x 32 x 6.25 in.


Low Range

 Starting off with the most affordable option on the list. The Strong Hand Tools Nomad Welding Table ticks all of the boxes; a reputable brand, not too big, easily portable, and won’t break your bank.

The table itself is made of zinc-plated steel, while the frame is carbon steel.

This welding table can be set up horizontally or at a 30-degree angle, allowing for some flexibility. Height adjusts from 26-32inches.

The TS3020FK model comes with clamps that can be positioned along with the table at any point.

The clamps are designed to hold round, flat, or angled steel surfaces without the need for attachments.

With 500lbs of clamp pressure, there’s not much they won’t hold on to.

One caveat I must make for this table in my quality checklist is that it may not be the most suitable for prolonged, professional use.

Looking through review histories, it seems there was a batch around 2016 that did not seem to handle the heat — literally.

While most reviews are positive, it’s possible the occasional dodgy model might still slip through the QA cracks.

TIP: Don’t have a lot of space in your workshop? The TS3020FK folds own nice and neat for easy storage. It can easily lay flat along a wall or slide under a shelf when not in use.

This makes it ideal for the hobby welder who doesn’t have a lot of space to dedicate to their hobby but still wants the ideal work surface.

ArcStation Workbench


Weight Cap: 500 lbs


Size: 50 x 30.3 x 7.3 in.


High Range

The ArcStation Workbench is certainly not the cheapest welding table you’ll find. It doesn’t come with any real bells and whistles.

But in terms of simplicity and functionality, it really can’t be beaten.

This thing is a workhorse. The load capacity is an impressive 500lbs. Its simple, no-nonsense blue steel frame is as sturdy as you could ever want from a welding table.

It stands at 35” unfolded, and folds down to just 6” deep for easy storage.

One small issue I found is that the item is described as having a 3/8” thick working surface. This appears to be wrong, as it’s actually 3/16” thick.

This can be important if you’re buying clamps and need a specific minimum thickness for them to work properly.

It’s a good thing, however, that the table is half as thick as described. While definitely portable, this thing is built solid — it is not light.

A table twice as thick would make this table highly impractical to move around to a job site. For once, false advertising is a positive thing!

TIP: About the only bell or whistle the table has is an adjustable welder holder, which you can place anywhere around the periphery of the table.

As I said, it’s light on features, but it does precisely what it needs to very well.

Strong Hand Tools FixturePoint Table (TBHK100 model)


Weight Cap: 100 lbs


Size: 36 x 24 x 34 in.


High Range

 Lightweight but built to last, the TBHK100 will take whatever you throw at it.

Designed as a great all-in-one first welding table, the FixturePoint comes bundled with a 28pc starter kit of frames and clamps.

The tabletop itself has evenly spaced 16mm holes in a 2in.x2in. pattern. This makes setting up the fixture components a breeze.

Unlike most of the other models on this list, the FixturePoint table does not fold down for easy storage. However, that’s not to say it’s not still portable.

The table comes with two sets of legs — one to make the structure free-standing, at 34” tall, and another to be able to place the table on an existing bench.

This smaller, 6 1/4” stand makes it incredibly easy to take the Strong Hand Tools FixturePoint table wherever you need it.

It’s lightweight, easy to assemble, and very versatile. While it could be a bit more portable, it’s still perfect for those who need an unobtrusive surface in their workshop to work on.

The additional starter kit also makes this perfect for hobbyists looking to pick up their first table.

Some of the others on this list don’t make it particularly easy to set up frames and other fixturing components.

This table is specifically designed to not only make that as easy as possible but to give you the components you need to get started.

So not only will the table make life easier — it’ll help you expand your capabilities, all in one!

TIP: The support frame near the bottom of the legs can be easily converted into a convenient shelf.

Using expanding metal or a lightweight material to lay over the frame to store the starter kit or other small items from your shop.

WORKESS Adjustable Welding Table Workbench


Weight Cap: 250 lbs


Size: 32 x 21 x 30 in.


Mid Range

 In the interest of providing quality options for all types of welding, I wanted to make sure I included something for the plasma cutters out there.

One of the biggest problems hobbyists who use plasma cutters have is what to put under their material as they cut.

After all, the cutter is just as likely to go through the work surface itself as the metal you’re wanting to work on!

Enter the Eastwood Carbon Steel Welding Table. Rather than use a solid surface to cut on, the Eastwood Carbon Steel table features 23 carbon steel slats.

With an impressive 250-pound carrying capacity, this table will deal with just about anything you want to cut on it.

The use of slats means you aren’t going to completely destroy your work surface the first time you use it. However, those slats are still going to get cut over time.

The solution? Each of the 23 slats is easily removable and replaceable. When the slats get too damaged to be much use anymore, just swap them out.

You also won’t need to worry about sparks and arcs coming back to you, as they’ll simply go through the slats to the floor.

About the only downside to the whole thing is that it’s not portable at all — but it’s a small price to pay to a robust, sturdy work surface.

And, of course, it’s perfectly usable for your welding needs, too.

TIP: At a comfortable 32” height, the Eastwood Carbon Steel welding table is the perfect upgrade for those hobbyists a bit tired of working on the floor.

Strong Hand Tools Nomad Welding Table (TS3020 model)


Weight Cap: 350 lbs


Size: 24 x 32 x 6.25 in.


Low Range

 We’ll end where we began!

This welding table is almost the same as the first one we mentioned on the list. Same company, overall same design.

Unlike the TS3020FK model first listed, this one does not come with super handy clamps.

It’s the bare bones, stripped-down version just for those who need a lightweight, portable welding table design.

Once folded down, this table has two useful wheels that make transporting it easier than any table on the list.

There is some compromise in making it so lightweight and portable, however; the table does need the extra weight of whatever material you’re working with to “settle” and be fully stable.

The table top can be tilted to various degrees, and the maximum height is adjustable from 26” to 32”.

For an affordable, lightweight, portable starter table, you really can’t go wrong with it.

TIP: While the other model comes with fancy clamps, this model doesn’t have the reputation of buckling or warping under prolonged use.

If you’re worried about potential quality slips, grab this model instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I look for in a welding table?

Basically, you want to look for the same things I was in the search criteria above; stability, space, height, durability, etc.

Portability is great, but not necessarily essential. Don’t buy the cheapest, even if you’re looking to be frugal with your purchase.

Always read reviews and research the products. Does it actually stand up to the heat?

Many cheaper models don’t lock into place properly, which is neither safe nor sturdy. What extra features does it come with — and are they any good?

Height is another thing. Working long periods on a bench that’s just a bit too short or too tall is not only not safe, but it also won’t do wonders for your back.

Adjustable, variable-height benches are great, but again, check to see what people say about their ability to lock to a height securely.

Why do you need a welding table?

The short answer, is you don’t.

Long answer, you don’t, but…

Many welders, even professionals, work on the floor. It’s usually a concrete-floored garage or workshop — no need to worry about cutting through the ground, setting the concrete on fire, or melting the surface, etc.

But working on the ground isn’t convenient, and over time certainly isn’t doing your health any favors.

You’ll be fast on your way to developing some sort of chronic back injury working on the floor.

So get a welding table, bring the workspace up to you, and do your back a favor.

How do you ground a welding table?

Electrical currents and metal working surfaces are an excellent recipe to receive unwanted electrical shocks if you’re not careful.

While the power used in most welding isn’t necessarily enough to harm or kill you, it’s not something you want to risk.

There’s also the worry of stray arcs ruining work — or your face.

After all, it takes one accident for everything to go horribly wrong.

There are two trains of thought when it comes to grounding a welding table:

Ground the table itself by attaching the grounding clamp to the table. When you’re welding smaller pieces of material, you should clamp the material directly to the table.

This grounds the material, as well as holds the material nice and sturdy.

There’s still the possibility of a shock if you lean on the table, so slap on some welding gloves to cover your elbows, too.

If the item is large enough to fit a clamp onto, clamp the object.

You might want to still clamp the table as well, but if the object is large enough to be grounded that should be fine.

The chance of actual major damage or problems is slim. Many welders report working for decades without ever receiving a shock.

But it is never advisable to work on a metal welding table without proper grounding.

How tall should a welding table be?

This will depend on two main factors:

How tall you are, and what you’re welding.

The conventional wisdom is the bench should be 6-10” below the elbow height of the operator. So measure how far your elbows are off the ground, then subtract 6-10”.

Many people say that 10” can still be too high, so aim for around 6-8”. As an example, for a 6’2” person, you’ll want the table to be around 38-42”.

If you’re working on something that has some height to it, you want the working surface to be the comfortable height, not the table.

The 34-36” average of the tables listed above should suit most people.

One sage piece of advice I read in my research that might be worth mentioning: It doesn’t matter how high the table is, just find the right height stool to match.

How do I rust-proof my welding table?

This is a trickier question to answer than you might think — not because it’s difficult, but because there are so many options!

A fine application of some sort of wax, oil, or liquid film is the usual standard. I would personally suggest a light layer of WD40 — not too much, just a quick spray and spread around with a cloth.

While there are certainly many other options, I find most people already have WD40 in their possession, so it’s incredibly convenient.

If the table has already started rusting, a twisted wire brush and grinder usually do the trick to clear it off.

Of course, the best way to keep the table free of rust is to use it constantly — but this obviously isn’t always practical, much as we might want it to be!

Final Thoughts

A welding table makes welding life easier. They bring your work up to a comfortable height and do your back a world of favors.

Choosing the right one can take a bit of digging, but hopefully, you’ll agree with my list. They’re all sturdy, affordable options sure to up your welding game.

Give one a try — your work, and your back will thank me!