Sunday, May 22, 2011

Coffee Table Part Deux

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! We've been busy around here but that doesn't mean I neglected to work on my coffee table! I'm so excited that this project is moving along again. 


If you don't remember I started making this table that I had seen at Anthropologie:



I loved the table but not the price tag. So I set out to make one of my own- doing research, drawing up plans, getting steel cut ect. Then last Novemeber I started on the smaller coffee table, but the project stopped there for a good while.


This past Saturday despite the heat wave we're experiencing here in San Antonio I took my husband up on his offer to watch the Con-Man for a few hours so I could get some welding done. It took me a while to get started, I had to remember how everything was supposed to fit together. I was worried for a minute that I had some of the pieces cut to the wrong size - but all was well!


The type of welding I do is called arc welding or stick welding. I learned a trick online that I wanted to try out this time around. The website suggested cutting the welding sticks in half to give better control. I tried it out but it didn't work to well for me, maybe I'll try it again next time.


I also got some much needed tools to make this project easier- an angle and some clamps. Thank goodness I did! It made everything go so much faster and all my angles were straight!



I was in a bit of a rush to finish so I didn't get to take many progress pictures but I snapped a few.



So, all I have left to do is grind the slag (ugly black stuff in above picture), spray paint the frame and built the wooden tops! 





I need to get this finished up before our big move. It's just over a month away!



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How did you enjoy your weekend? Any fun projects to talk about?

11 comments:

Foundinthe-ALI said...

You are amazing! You go girl!

Lisa said...

I am so impressed! Only in my dreams am I wielding a blowtorch! I have always wanted to weld something but man it looks hard and you need so many different tools. What kind of blowtorch do you use?

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Wow! That's amazing that you're doing this yourself! It's looking great!

Doreen @ Redesign by Grace said...

Love the tables! You made this look easy. :)

Ches said...

Totally impressed and amazed that you are tackling this project yourself.

Kai said...

I just saw those tables today and loved them. I was looking for a cheaper knock-off - never would have dreamed of welding them myself. You're very talented!

Rachael@LovelyCraftyHome said...

Wow I can't believe you welded that by yourself!! Amazing! Can't wait to see the finished product- it's going to look awesome :)

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

now THAT is impressive. wow.

Gail said...

Welding- great skill you have.
Like the progress on your table(s)

Meg said...

Wow! So impressed!!

Alicia said...

not sure if you know about these or not but id recommend getting a welding magnet, you can find them online or at any hardware store i would imagine. this little guy will make your life SO much easier when welding, no need for clamps anything else but your welder. They come in different weights, depending on how heavy the metal is that you are welding, but doing 90 degree angles is a breeze.

i did a lot of welding in college and this was definitely the one tool you CANNOT do without :)