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#1 tater195 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 23, 2015 - 08:08 AM

My wife decided "WE" could build end tables to go with the new furniture. 

 

They will be a combination of these two with one low shelf and top using 6"X 24" wood grained tile.

 

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I wanted to go with hardwood flooring but got over ruled. I will have to add removable brackets to hold the tile in to make them replaceable if one gets broken and to make it easier to paint.
 
So far the parts bill is  $30 for a box of tile and $115 for the steel.
The legs and sides are 2" X 1/8" angle
The brackets to hold in the tile are 1" X 1/8" angle
The gussets are 3" X 1/8" flat stock
Rivets are 5/6" carriage bolts with the heads cut off and tacked in from the back, ,with the exception of 4 that will be used to hold the angle that holds in the tile. Tabs will be welded on for a third brace in the center. Weatherstripping foam will be used to keep the tiles tight. 

 


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Posted March 23, 2015 - 08:29 AM

Sounds like a cool project and Y'all will have a set of tables that are the way you want.
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Posted March 23, 2015 - 08:46 AM

Nice! Hand scraped wood is pretty easy to fake. Use a scrub plane and sharpen the cutting edge into a curve instead of a straight edge.


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Posted March 23, 2015 - 08:58 AM

"WE" have not decided if they will be distressed. The tile could be painted and sanded to simulate wear. Light sanding could be done on the frame. I hate the looks and the price of the stuff they are trying to pass off as antiques. They take new cheaply made tables, beat them up and put on a crappy paint job and double the price. They had tables at the furniture store that actually had sand added to the paint. I can see that on smooth sloped concrete, but why in the hell would you want that on a table?


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Posted March 23, 2015 - 09:03 AM

Those will be some cool tables and will last a long time!


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Posted March 23, 2015 - 09:16 AM

Those look nice, I like the idea of the rivets using carriage heads. Metal & wood is in right now especially with the industrial look. These look good using rusty metal knocked down a little then clear coated.
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Posted March 23, 2015 - 11:18 AM

 

My wife decided "WE" could build end tables to go with the new furniture. 

 

 

 

 

 

I guess you and I are married to the same woman   :wallbanging:  :D


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Posted March 23, 2015 - 11:46 AM

I heard they were all the same. I cant afford to find one that isnt like that.

 

Tacked some angle to the bench for a jig. All 4 shelves are tacked. 

The outside corners will be hidden by the gussets. For the top joints, I think I will pull one out of Don Campbells playbook and use bondo to finish those.

Had some slack time at work today and had a chance to get the shelves done. I didnt bring the steel for the legs, so thats all I can do for now... more time for GTT :dancingbanana: .

 

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Posted March 23, 2015 - 12:47 PM

I laid that same wood grain floor tile in my bathroom this past summer. :thumbs:



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Posted March 23, 2015 - 03:58 PM

Sounds like they will be strong enough to dance on!



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Posted March 24, 2015 - 07:57 AM

I brought the steel for the legs to work today. They are already cut and I left 1/2 of the jig welded to the table, so it shouldnt take too long to get them tacked. I have the steel for the gussets marked. 4 cuts each then 4 holes X32. I dont see how you guys make dozer tracks.



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Posted March 24, 2015 - 03:26 PM

They are starting to look like tables. I didnt have to force them too much. They ended up with about 3/16" wobble. Not bad for using a porta band and 1/4" soap stone. I should be able to do the finish welding and grinder clean up tomorrow. Not looking forward to cutting 45* angles on the 3" flat stuff with the porta band. I might make a jig to do them with the plasma cutter, then clamp 8 or 10 together in the vice and clean them up with the grinder.


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Posted March 26, 2015 - 07:32 AM

I cut the angles for the gussets last night. It turns out I got the wrong steel for them. I spec'd out 3" when I thought I was going with 1.5" steel, but up graded to 2" when the design got changed for the tile. Now the 3" isnt wide enough and I have to add on 1.5" to get them to look right. I couldnt cut 4.5" in the portaband anyway, so it kinda turned out allright. 

 

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Posted March 26, 2015 - 08:15 AM

I like this projet because of the mix of materials. One thing I keep thinking about is that middle rivet in the horizontal row of three. Maybe consider one on each corner of the triangular gusset. Looking nice & will be a center of discussion for sure.
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Posted March 26, 2015 - 08:33 AM

I like this projet because of the mix of materials. One thing I keep thinking about is that middle rivet in the horizontal row of three. Maybe consider one on each corner of the triangular gusset. Looking nice & will be a center of discussion for sure.

 

 

The extra rivet on the gusset did not look right to me either. If it was truly riveted, it would be needed to hold the horizontal piece, but that messes up the symmetry.   That one extra rivet adds 32 screws and holes to the project. Without it I can get by with a box of 100.






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