I love making things for my home and yard. For this project, I chose to make a table out of steel and wood, then coated the whole thing with Rust-Oleum NeverWet to help protect the steel from rusting and the wood from the elements. Check out my video about the process.
The idea is that the table could be a plant stand or a nice place to set a beer when hanging out in the yard. My buddy Brad at Bubbas Barrels is a master welder and helped out with the steel base construction plus my new friend Zach at Zavels Family Farms helped me select a great piece of cherry for the top.
I spent about a week working on the designs for the base and reviewing them with Brad. The original design was a straight-legged table with horizontal braces, but Brad had other ideas and suggested I think about the visual interest of the piece. I did some experimenting in SketchUp (download the PDF). We turned the legs in 45 degrees and put the bracing at 45-degree angles to the legs, creating an X pattern. On the Saturday morning after completing the base, Brad and I agreed to cut out the middle section of the legs to really push the uniqueness. In retrospect, I’m not sure that I am in love with that decision, but now we know.
The top is made from a 13-inch wide, 2-inch thick and 8-foot long piece of rough-sawn and air-dried cherry. If surfacing rough lumber is not your bag, there are other options. A pre-surfaced piece of oak from the home center can be cut into two pieces and glued together to make the top. Or you might use a piece of stone, tile, or even cast a piece of concrete to fit. The point is to have a top that will fit into the table tray.
That’s pretty much the project in a nutshell. I hope you dig it and can be inspired to make your own steel and wood table. If there are pieces of the process that you want more details on or if you have some ideas for variations, leave a comment below.
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