Assembly in a Snap
with Tab & Slot
We’ll look at this table as an example. At first glance, the easiest process would be to cut each tube with a chop saw, a piece of equipment that most anyone working with structural members owns. Although the cutting process is very simple, the assembly will take multiple steps to layout and create sub weldments. This will require a lot of clamps and measuring to align components.
Now let’s look at a modified design of the table. By adding tabs and slots to the structural members, this version of the table can be made with very few, if any clamps. The components can be assembled with little to no measuring required (we would still verify critical dimensions) and will snap together like a puzzle. With tabs and slots used on this table, assembly time will reduce the weldment will be the same repeatedly, without the time and expense invested in building a fixture.