So I live in a small place and don't have a garage, shed or basement. I keep all my tools and stuff in the closet that has the water heater and furnace, and also in my study. This has not really left me with anywhere to mount my press or my vice. I do have a pretty heavy and sturdy desk in my office though, so I decided to make a stand that connects to my desk.
Although I'd love learn, I don't know how to weld yet and I figure that a $90 HF junk welder won't cut it. So I went to my local steel supplier and bought a 2x2 square tube cut to the height of my desk. I also bought a 1/4" plate cut to 20"x14''. My total was $42, and the guys kindly cut the plate for me with their hydraulic shears so it wouldn't take me hours to do an imperfect job with my angle grinder. This is what I was left with.
I then went to my local welding shop and paid $50 for him to do 3 welds, the floor plate, the top plate, and a shelf to secure it to the desk. I wanted him to weld a triangular support for every plate but he said it would be unnecessary. Here is a mock-up. (the desk is not usually that messy, I promise.) Everything will be properly aligned.
I also bought a 80 grit sanding pad and some brake cleaner and a can of this
Edited by schrödinger's cat, Aug. 10 2017 - 12:40 AM.