Sunday, November 28, 2010

Coffee Table Part 1

I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving Weekend!


I've been giving a lot of thanks this weekend myself. We've had wonderful family in town, spent a lot of time with friends, ate some good food, and started building a coffee table. 


Wait, what? 


Yes, you read that right, I finally started working on my coffee tables. I bought the steel for them last week and was able to begin working on the smaller one thanks to having family in town to watch the Con-Man.



So to begin I cleaned the grease off my steel bars. I just used some Goo Gone that I had but any degreaser or even paint thinner will work.



Ew look at the grease!

Next, before I started assembling it I used my Dremel Tool with the grinding bit to grind off any rough ends. This way my corners will fit together nicely.


Rough End


Smooth End!

I started the small coffee table first. I thought it would be good practice and it would go quickly. I wanted to lay out all my pieces first just to make sure everything would fit together properly.

As I was doing this they kept falling over, so I remedied this by using Gorilla glue to hold it all together until I could tack weld everything. This might sound silly to someone who does this for a living but it worked for me.





I was finally ready to start some welding! My Mother in Law was nice enough to take a picture of me in action. Thanks Ms. Dee!



And after a while I had the base and frame together.



It's not finished yet, I still need to straighten out any angles that aren't 90 degrees, grind off any slag, then polish it up and find some reclaimed wood for the tops. But it's a start! I'm getting excited!


Before to long I'll have this:



Anyone else take on a big project over the long weekend?














28 comments:

trash talk said...

Getting Cat Daddy cleaned up for the Winnie and Tulula's Christmas Open House was a big project for me.
I can't believe you are that good with the welding thingy. You rock.
Debbie

Mally said...

This looks so exciting. I can't wait to see the finished table. What a huge undertaking. Good luck.

Sherry said...

How neat. I love that you are making this one from scratch. Very cool.
Sherry

It's A Priceless Life said...

Wow that's impressive!! I wouldn't know what to do with a welder??!! That's awesome and your table ROCKS!
I'm your newest follower...come check out my blog when you have a chance :-)
Shantel @
www.itsapricelesslife.blogspot.com

Serendipity Chic Decor said...

Wow....what a lot of hard work. Something I personally did not accomplish this weekend. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Take care,
Lisa

Meg said...

Wow! You have great vision! And, you're pretty awesome in my book for using a welding tool! The biggest project I tackled this weekend was pushing my double stroller through a crowded mall! Great job!

flutietootie said...

Wow. I am amazed at what you have done. The table looks great. I am sure it will look amazing when you are done.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

How exciting! It's going to look so great!!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

WOW!!! I'm impressed!!! I've tried a lot of things but this one scares the dickins out of me :D

I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

Susannah said...

Wow. You've got guts, lady! You must be so proud-- this looks amazing :)

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the cape on the corner said...

wowzers that's awesome, and you did that yourself. you are kick arse, man!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

You have such an amazing skill!
You're the bestest!!!
Thank you for linking up to the first ever "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

Rebecca said...

That's pretty cool-to make something like that you really want-wish I had that expertise!!!

alyssha lynn said...

That is really awesome! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Nancy said...

This is great! Loved seeing the pics of you actually welding these together. What a great idea. I can't wait to see the finished table.

Nancy

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

so cool! can't wait to see the finish!

banclothing said...

You weld and therefore you are my hero. Thanks so much for checking out my blog and saying such sweet things!

Rita E said...

Wow, very impressive! Way cool ... can't wait to see it finished!

Lisa said...

Impressive! You are the woman!

Life in Rehab said...

Wow, there's a skill I totally need to acquire. That's going to look great!

LV said...

You are spending a lot time and energy on this table. In the long run it will be worth it.

Nikki said...

Thats awesome! Thanks so much for linking this up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

New follower here! Linked over from Ms. Mustard Seed.

Wow, girl I can't wait to see your finished product! Talented for sure.

I would love to have you join me as well on my bloggy blog.
http://dejarenew.blogspot.com
thx. Debbie.

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Wow. I am so impressed. Can't wait to see the next step.

orchidlanedecor.com said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower. I've come to visit from Funky Junk. Love what you're doing with your table so far ... I've a feeling it may be similar to the coffee table makeover that I've done recently. Impressive welding skills! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your blog and seeing what you make of your table!
Suzy xxx

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

you go girl! looks great.
thanks for linking up.
gail

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Impressive--can't wait to see the finished project. Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 Party.

Lainey said...

Love this project! Where did you get your welder?