Industrial-style cafe table
This industrial style table is made using mild steel and recycled timber. The wood is from recycled hardwood fence palings which gives it a nice rustic finish to compliment the native Australian animals theme. The steel is a mixture of square hollow section (SHS) and angle iron and all welding is done with a MIG welder. I weld rivets into the angle iron frame to add an industrial-style aesthetic. The rivets and sanded steel are finished with 2 coats of satin clear to prevent rusting.
I paint the steel with self-priming, rust-inhibiting enamel paint and sand the edges so the raw steel creates a contrasting highlight against the black. The artwork is done by hand with a lightweight plasma cutter and all steel surfaces are finished with two coats of satin clear. The artwork features native Australian animals found in this area - wombats, echidnas, and kookaburras.
As of filming, glass was not yet sourced to complete the project. The sheet metal artwork was designed specifically to ensure the weight of the glass can be distributed equally across 6 silicone buttons which will stick to 4 corners and 2 in the middle along the edges. The glass will protect people from splinters, provide a level top for cups and plates as well as providing an easy surface to clean.
Material lengths have been rounded up to allow for cuts. Instead of 45 degree mitre join I weld rabbet joins which are neater and allow for easier material estimation.
|35 x 35 x 2mm Square hollow section (SHS)||12.5 metres|
|20 x 20 x 3mm angle iron||10 metres|
|90mm recycled fence palings||11 metres|
|1.6mm sheet||600 x 2400 (half a sheet)|
|35 x 35 plastic caps||4|
|Satin black Dulux metal shield epoxy enamel||2 cans|
|Satin clear Rust-oleum 2X ultra cover||2 cans *|
|Glass||2005 x 495 x 8mm|
* I had paint compatibility issues with the Rustoleum and Dulux. The satin clear coat wrinkles up unless several very light mist coats are applied. I strongly recommend sticking with the single paint manufacturer for all coats.
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