Table and stand idea

Hey guys, brainstorming my lowrider build plan and looking for thoughts and advice. I, like many have space constraints…
Im thinking about building the table with metal studs instead of wood for the benefits of straighter supports and weight reduction. Has anyone here done this?

As the stand i am thinking i want to use a BORA centipede work stand. Folds up nice and easy, little bit on the lower side but i think might be good for this application.

comments appreciated

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I’d scratch the metal studs they aren’t very straight , and not meant to carry load laterally.

You could try unistrut/ super strut…

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Barry made a metal stud table and it was a galloping girdy.

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I went through this same process a year ago with my portable lowrider.

Your rails need to be perfectly parallell to each other. This is easy for the xy axis using stringers between the rails. It’s a bit trickier in the Z because of unlike a fixed table that can be shimmed level, your floor surface is probably not fefectly flat.

My solution was to create a flat plane by using 2 sawhorses. I level each independently left and right but don’t worry about the slope between them. This gives me a planer surface that I can tweak if needed. My lowrider actually goes about .5 inches inch uphill over the full workpiece as my garage floor is sloped.

The centipede is going to give you too many points in space that aren’t planer but instead a mesh projection of your floor. You are going to find that you want to attach to only 4 attachment points to get to get a plane and that the centipede isn’t designed for point loads like that.

Also keep in mind that if you want a full 4ft cut your table needs to be almost 5ft wide so you will need to cantalever your load past the edges of your centipede.

Sry for the negativity just trying to point out some potential potholes that you may not have seen coming. My table consumed my mind for almost a month so I know how you’ve got a million ideas floating around your head right now.

Good luck on your build!

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Sorry for the hijack - just couldn’t help myself.

Like this?


Actual footage from Barry’s barn:


That looks about right. Steel studs suck.


What did you end up doing? I’m in the same boat as you