I just finished making this walnut and steel coffee table for a friend. It cost $250 in material and measures 45" square and 18" high. This is my first attempt at building something with high-end materials that's more affordable and light weight.
I didn't document the production process as well as I usually do, and many of these photos are from my camera phone. It's really hard to stop what you're doing and pick up a camera at every step but as a learning tool it's almost always worth it.
|These are some quick sections trying to figure out the edge detail.|
|This is how the details were actually made using 4/4 walnut and 1 1/4" x 1/8" thick angle iron.|
|The boards are joined on the short edge with dominos with beech and glue then they're clamped. Those strips on top are the end grain glue-ups/solid strips that make up the underside edge.|
|Prior to oil.|
|After the first coat of oil.|
|Marking the bent corners with a scribe prior to cutting them on the bandsaw. I left thickness on the backside for the opposite flange.|
|The legs are bent, then welded on the backside of the miter.|
|This was my first time using a MIG - I learned on a stick / arc welder.|
|The typical rule for coffee tables is to make them 2/3's the length of the largest couch and the same height as the top of the seat cushion. In this case that makes the table 45" square and 18" high.|