Josefa Mullins Table November 14th, 2018 - 02:48:39
A dining table we're gonna start by making some legs out of three inches by three inches by three. Sixteen seven inch: steel angles. We cut all of the steel with a small angle grinder. This is a powerful tool, but it costs less than fifty dollars. If you want to try to make these yourself, don't worry, we'll post dimension drawings of this design on our website. It's surprisingly easy to cut straight lines with an angle grinder we just like to do it in a few passes, we'll go once over to set a groove and then we'll cut all the way through on the second or third pass.
Once all the pieces were cut, we switched to a 40 grit flat, disc and rounded over all the edges. We sanded all the flat sides with an orbital sander to remove dirt and rust. We made some brackets that'll hold the pieces in place and then welded them with our small MIG welder. The legs are going to be facing in different directions, so you need two of these brackets and you're going to make two of each of the legs with them. A wire brush on a cordless drill is handy for cleaning up all the welds and making sure that you had a good penetrating weld.
We drilled holes through the steel so that we could later attach them to the wooden tabletops and we purposefully left the legs. A little bit long, we were just focusing on getting two angles consistent now we can take a board and use that to mark the desired height and then trim the legs with the angle grinder. Our first thought was to focus on affordability, so we made the first tabletop out of sanded pine plywood. We cut two pieces, the same size and then glued them together. We also added a few screws from the underside now, because the legs have so many cool angles.
To them, we thought it'd be nice to sort of clip off a little bit of the corners of the tabletop, so that would better match the legs. We sanded the edges flush using a belt sander. We then used one and a quarter, inch long screws to screw through the steel brackets and into the tabletop. Now I really like this design and I appreciated that you could make this whole thing for less than 110 dollars, but I felt like we still weren't quite doing the legs justice.
So I use my palm router to route a 45 degree bevel around the edges and then stain the whole thing black and now we have a table, that's fit for Darth Vader or a nice family of ninjas. But I want to use this table for the new house that I'm building and I need something a little bit lighter. So I went to Home Depot and got some 3/4 inch thick red oak and ripped some thin pieces down on my table saw. I then reset the fence and ripped down some pieces that were three quarters of an inch thinner than the first pieces.