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I had some pictures of the base in the old projects forum. But finally got it done the pictures don't do the wood top any justice, the wood is just beautiful. I got a big 4'x8'x2 1/4" piece of maple butcher block for $300. It was just what I needed for the top of the coffee table, and the matching end tables witch I still have to finish. This table is 30"x50", the end tables are going to be 24"x28". I'm just thrilled :D
11-27-2007, 02:33 PM
Very nice. I like the bottom shelf.
11-27-2007, 04:19 PM
I missed the original thread so I apologize if you've already posted this, what is the material used for the cross members of the shelf? Bar channel? Square tubing? Looks killer! Clean, simple, detailed.
The shelf cross members are 1 1/2"x3/4" 14ga. wall rectangular tubing. The legs are 2" square 16ga. wall tubing.
Here is a pic without the top.
11-27-2007, 04:37 PM
Excellent! Smaller sized material = less weight impact on the wife's floor & carpet = less often I have to buy new flooring! Great idea!
Smaller sized material = less weight impact on the wife's floor & carpet = less often I have to buy new flooring
LOL, That a good one; and true.
11-27-2007, 05:00 PM
Also less wear and tear on my bad back:
"Put it over here.... no, now try it over there..... no, I liked it better over here...... what about over by the windows?"
11-27-2007, 05:28 PM
looks good. so what did you use for feet?
11-27-2007, 06:55 PM
That looks great, sf93. Good work there. How'd you finish the steel?
11-28-2007, 01:36 AM
Wow! That's beautiful. Nice work.
For feet I used some square plastic tube plugs that pop in. And for the finish on the steel I sprayed on paint from a rattle can. I'm thinking I might want to get the bases powder coated in the future though.
11-28-2007, 09:01 AM
Clean look. Nice work.
Bob the Welder
11-28-2007, 09:07 AM
Excellent craftsmanship and very nice design!
One thing I noticed is it looks like you have small holes drilled for screws to attach the top to the frame. I would recommend that you make the holes slightly oversize to allow for expansion and contraction of the tabletop. Unless you have little or no changes in humidity it has a chance of splitting as the seasons change and at $300 dollars for a butcher block top that would be depressing!:eek:
Checkout this website for more info.
Yep, I was on top of that. Actually my Dad reminded me of expansion and contraction. So I over sized the holes and used washers, and just snugged up the screws.
11-28-2007, 09:59 AM
And..."right click...save as" :D
Fantastic work! Very nice combination of wood and steel.
11-28-2007, 06:39 PM
Man, that puppy is bomb-proof!!:eek: Nice design...lot of work! Prolly worth 2k easy!
LOL, When my neighbor saw it he said if there was a a tornado that went through the area I'd find him under my table. Work.....Tell me about it I probably have over a weeks worth of work just in this table. Lots of welding, grinding, and wood finishing work. But it was a lot of fun, I find doing this kind of stuff is a good stress reliever. Now I just need to finish the end tables
11-28-2007, 11:01 PM
And..."right click...save as" :D
Yes sir! I've saved it too! I have quite a bit of ideas from this site saved to my PC.
If you guys find me at a swap meet selling a copy of one of your projects, I swear I'll either give you a commission or buy you a beer (which ever is cheaper :D)
I'll take that beer. I thought this site was all about sharing ideas with the people. ;)
12-03-2007, 08:50 PM
Did the butcher block come finished?
No it didn't come finished. It was a big 4ft.x8ft hunk out of a restaurant. To tell you the truth it was all chewed up on top. It is amazing what some sandpaper and a little elbow grease can do. :)
12-03-2007, 09:52 PM
What material did you use for the finish, and how did you proceed?
For the finish I used Minwax Satin Fast-Drying Polyurethane. How I got to that point was to first cut the top to the size I needed. Then I took it down to the local lumber yard to run it through their big sander to get all the cut marks and such out. After that I started sanding with a hand held belt sander loaded with 80 grit, then 120 grit. After that I took a router with a 3/8 quarter round bit to radius the top edges. I then pulled out my palm sander and sanded the whole thing again with 120 grit and 220 grit till it was nice and smooth and most imperfections were taken out. I also hit up the bottom of the piece with 120 grit on the belt sander.
To prep for poly I wiped the whole top down with a tack cloth followed by a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. Then I applied a coat of poly with a natural bristle brush. Let dry, followed by a light sanding with 220 grit. Wiped down again with mineral spirits, and applied poly. After the second coat was dry I wet sanded with automotive 800 grit sandpaper. Wiped down again with mineral spirits, and applied poly. When the third coat was dry I wet sanded again with automotive 2000 grit sandpaper. After that I used regular automotive polishing compound to remove any fine scratches the 2000 grit left behind.
Oh, I also put one coat of poly to the bottom just to seal it up. And lightly sanded with 220 grit when dry.
12-04-2007, 04:50 PM
Nope. it's worth over 3 grand, now, after reading all that! ;)
12-04-2007, 05:19 PM
Absolutely well done. You learned well - works shows it too.
doing th bottom - you know wood. leaving that open would have been asking for problems.
Hey Rocky I'll cut you a deal if your interested. For you I'll let it go for $2999.98. LOL. :D
Thanks for all the complements.
12-04-2007, 10:21 PM
Nice table, but where's the dag-gum coffe................I'd like a cup right about now................
01-03-2008, 07:03 AM
Nice work. I am just finishing a table very similar but without the shelf on the bottom. You did a great job on the bottom shelf, looks like too much work for me right now.
Hey Cubfan, post a pic when you get it finished.
01-03-2008, 11:14 AM
I will. I am deciding whether to put a wood top or a glass top, but your table swayed me towards wood.:)
01-03-2008, 01:06 PM
I am in the process of making a set of tables for my sister. They are made of 1 1/4 angle with 1 1/2 square legs and are going to have an inset 4x4 inch tile top and I will post pictures when they are all done.