Shop Floor Talk  

Go Back   Shop Floor Talk > Welding and Metalworking Forums > Fabrication

SFT Search:   
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-30-2011, 07:20 PM
Pat's Avatar
Pat Pat is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Posts: 1,808
Default Wet Table for Plasma Cutting

Can anyone point me to a link on here that shows plans for making a plasma cutting table (non-CNC) that can hold about an inch of water to keep the sparks down. I could have sworn that it was someone on this site that came up with this little beauty. It also is made so you can replace the sheet metal slats after they get too butchered........I have tried the search using about every key word I can think of but .......nothing...........thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-01-2012, 10:55 PM
Benderart Benderart is offline
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 9
Default

Pat,
I can't point you to the link but, all you'd need is a pan to hold the water, coupled with some slats to hold the material.
2" X 1/8" would be just about right, similar to what I have on my CNC table.
It wouldn't be hard to make and, wouldn't hurt to put a drain tap on the bottom either.....just size it to suit whatever material you cut on a regular basis.
I've posted a pic of my slats and a pdf of a design....hope it helps.

Mick.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	grates.jpg
Views:	474
Size:	101.5 KB
ID:	85927  
Attached Files
File Type: pdf Plasma water table.pdf (1.2 KB, 404 views)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-02-2012, 01:18 AM
Dave Lee's Avatar
Dave Lee Dave Lee is offline
Armchair Webbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: near Philadelphia, PA.
Posts: 3,666
Default

I have a thought. Look out, this could be dangerous! If you could get your hands on an old metal topped workbench, you know, the industrial ones with the steel legs and usually, places for electrical outlets. Flip the top over, re-attach the legs and close up the ends or any other holes.

This would make a nice pan to hold the water and be realatively easy to fab especially, if you don't have access to a big brake. Fab up the slats and away you go.

Those benches are always showing up at industrial and sadly, school auctions, when they decide to do away with their industrial arts programs. That's how I got one.


Dave
__________________
Hoocha Momma!, who chop-id-da cheese?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-02-2012, 08:19 AM
randydupree's Avatar
randydupree randydupree is offline
Why, Hell Yes!
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Bainbridge Ga
Posts: 6,147
Default

i don't have a wet table,but i did build a cutting table out of a John Deere shipping crate,the metal one.
I put angle iron across the top,angle up,and i built a sheet metal range hood looking thing,that i mounted upside down under the table.
All of the sparks and small parts fall into the upside down range hood and fall to the floor.
I built it to keep the sparks out of my shoes,mostly.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-02-2012, 08:57 AM
Walker's Avatar
Walker Walker is offline
Standard of Excellence
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Cave Creek AZ
Posts: 4,485
Default

Take a look over at CNCZONE.com , there are quite a few builds in the plsma section.
__________________
Walker
Chief slag chipper and floor sweeper, Ironwood Artistic
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-02-2012, 11:10 AM
DrBob's Avatar
DrBob DrBob is offline
I fear I'll do some damage one fine day
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York
Posts: 1,423
Default Wet Plasma Table

Pat when I first read the title to your thread, I thought you were going to talk about those high powered CNC plasma cutting tables that have the plasma arc and the work submerged in water.

I believe that the problems and safety concerns might outweigh the advantages of a water table. I have been using a table I built around a piece of catwalk grate that Cutter was kind enough to ship to me.


It is fitted loosely in a deep metal box and aligned so that it is level with my welding table. I made the box deep enough so that the sparks can cool before they hit the thin metal bottom. To clean it, I simply lift out the grate and vacuum out the box.

Of course I could fab a metal pan to hold water,or simply use a cookie sheet from the baking supplies section of the supermarket.

I believe that it would create problems because the slag would now be wet an messy to get rid of instead of being easily vacuumed out.

Just my $0.02

Happy New Year

DrBob

Last edited by DrBob; 01-02-2012 at 11:58 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-02-2012, 10:14 PM
Walker's Avatar
Walker Walker is offline
Standard of Excellence
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Cave Creek AZ
Posts: 4,485
Default

Hey Doc, the water table is supposed to be 'The' thing for combating smoke from the plasma cutter. It sits just below the slats and catches the parks and the hot ironoxide plasma (?).
Pat, I think however you could form a 3"deep pam amd hold it under your table would work. Drain valve would be a plus. I have also heard of guys using a machine coolant in them to help retard the rust.
__________________
Walker
Chief slag chipper and floor sweeper, Ironwood Artistic
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-03-2012, 01:19 AM
Pat's Avatar
Pat Pat is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Posts: 1,808
Default

Sorry for the delay. Other than checking in from time to time I have been busy installing a new sump pump and trying to conjure something up to keep all the lint and stuff from the washing machine from getting in the pump, and also covering the ground where it emptys......(use only eco-safe detergents)....still in search of a filter better than an old sock that won't plug so easy...............anyway's

Looks like a bunch of very good ideas on the plasma cutting table. On my next days off I will have to get going on something........thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-17-2020, 09:16 AM
EOD1050 EOD1050 is offline
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: Brooklyn NY 11229
Posts: 1
Default

I copied this one,using an oval shaped wash tub...........https://www.911motorsports.net/Plasm...ters_p_29.html
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-17-2020, 09:32 AM
JWS's Avatar
JWS JWS is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: North West Indiana
Posts: 1,410
Default

The water helps trap the dust associated with the cutting that gets on everything in the shop.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Web Search:

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.