Building a yardage screen printing table.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 | Author: Kathryn | Filed under: printed fabric, printing, random making, screen printing, yardage | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

We’re building a yardage screen printing table! Well in truth my husband Ari is building the new print table, and I’m his gofer. It’s a massive undertaking and I imagine that most people when looking at that pile of square metal section would quickly become overwhelmed and somewhat discouraged, but not Ari. So two weeks ago the steel along with the wooden panels for the printing surface and the spacious, very much needed, ‘super shelf’ arrived. Since then we’ve scrubbed and cleaned the steel stock and he’s cut and welded it, this has gone on for days. But after some true grit, the legs are now complete and we are ready to assemble the rest of the table. They have wonderful adjustable feet to ensure that we can level the table easily on our original French ceramic tile floors and in the process he’s also readied the metal for painting. Here are a few pictures from the construction thus far. Next week: assembling the table and welding it into its new permanent spot in the workshop.

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A surprisingly small pile of steel. Each piece is 6 metres long and with a very well thought out design and cutting list, very little wastage. Those right angles on top are the registration bars and I’m so pleased to find that they are perfectly straight:

steel for print table, registration bars

You can see by the red gloves that there is a great deal of oil and fine metal particles on the surface. You can weld with this on the surface but it was easier to clean and do the first stages in painting prep now rather than as a table. A few hours and we had them to a point where you could handle them with bare hands and not get covered in oil:


Fine steel particles in the bottom of the bucket after cleaning make lovely patterns textures:

steel particles


cutting steel with a Rage 3 Evolution dry saw

For welding, Aris made a jig that holds the leg sections in place and at correct angles. He would then spot weld to secure them and finish off the welding out of the jig. There are nine of these sections:

Screen printing table leg jig

Cut and brushed steel in the jig ready for welding:

Steel prepared for welding

Welding, so much fun to photograph. I had to take these shots with my eyes closed to protect them from UV overexposure:



Making the female component for the adjustable feet using the drill press:

Drill press

Drill press

The female component on the bottom of the legs ready for welding:

Making the feet. Aris welded various washers and nuts onto the bottom of threaded rod to make the adjustable feet:


After the weld and ready for cleaning and polishing:

Welded adjustable foot

Polished and unpolished feet:

Polished and unpolished adjustable feet

The finished foot, these screw into the bottom of the legs and can be adjusted where need be:

Polished, finished foot

I’ll be back next week with an update on our progress! I hope that everyone enjoys their weekend!

5 Comments on “Building a yardage screen printing table.”

  1. 1 dunja von stoddard said at 14:55 on January 5th, 2014:

    This is so fascinating – I am trying to build a similar table out of wood, but I can’t figure out how to do the registration bar – will you be sharing that part, too? Great design!

  2. 2 Kathryn said at 21:16 on January 7th, 2014:

    Hello Dunja. Yes, I will definitely be sharing the registration bar part of the story. We have used right angle steel section which gives us a very straight printing line. When designing the table we looked at many different ways of mounting the bar so I may be able to give you some advice in relation to your own table. Let me know if you’d like to have a further conversation about it. Thanks so much for your message! I hope you’re keeping warm….

  3. 3 Mary said at 18:01 on March 1st, 2014:

    Wow looks great! Very impressive! For those of us who aren’t so handy – do you know of any table manufacturers around / or ready made table suppliers? in the USA?


  4. 4 michele said at 00:50 on April 16th, 2015:

    hi. i would really like to know where i could order the stops or bolts or clamps to position on the rail in order to mark the repeat positikns forvthe screens. do you know of a supplier in Cabafa or USA? Thanks for info.

  5. 5 aris said at 21:30 on April 17th, 2015:

    Hey Michele. I cannot help you find a supplier in your country. However, why don’t you look for a metal machinist in your area? (Machinists are like carpenters but for metal) They will form the registration blocks for you from steel using their milling machine. They will probably cost 20USD each, maybe less.

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