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Wife wants a coffee table

So the wife wants a coffee table.

Today is Saturday and what better way to spend it in the shop making something unique. My wife is very on trend and thin clean geometric shapes are apparently in at the moment, so after scouring the inter-web for some inspo, I headed off to work with the pup.

2016-08-06 09.01.45_resultBeing winter, we have the beer keg fireplace lit, the roller door down and some easy beats in the background. A perfect atmosphere to get creative.

2016-08-06 10.06.21_resultKeeping this blog post short, basically I had some stainless round bar in the steel rack and having known the size of the pre-purchased piece of 12mm toughened glass which I already had sitting at home, I just got busy creating something similar to what i found online.

2016-08-06 10.27.40_resultWell that’s it pretty much made and welded, now to polish a few welds and give it a buff.

2016-08-06 10.42.42_resultBefore i continue, I got a big piece of form ply to replicate the glass, just to check its level, square and not twisted.

2016-08-06 11.08.39_resultJust buffing the corners

2016-08-06 12.48.14_resultWell, there she is in all her beauty. Great small weekend job. Back home in 6 hours.

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Hardwood Dining Table from Recycled Pallets

Today I am going to start another project making a dining table setting from recycled hardwood pallets. This will be for sale when its finished!

The idea I am going for is a rustic looking setting with two bench seats, keeping it small and solid.

My target buyer is possibly a small family or couple who are looking for a small space saving table for perhaps in a unit/townhouse with not much space.

The timber I will be using is 70 x 70 x 1220mm pieces also know as gluts. They are commonly used to space the pallets off the ground so a forklift can get under it for example.

Since I have been making this blog and small furniture projects I have only been using the long 60 x 45 x 2400 sticks so the ‘glut’ pile has been sitting there until now. Time to create!

aNot a very good photo, but this was the box full of unwanted gluts. Should have got a pic before I started.

bHere they are laid out on the flat cement ground. Since the timbers aren’t exactly the same size I need to build this upside down so they are all flat on the top and uneven on the bottom. If that makes sense.

cCutting the support braces.

eNext was to fabricate the steel support braces. Here they are drilled and countersunk. The back one is raw steel the front two have the first coat of clear on them to stop them rusting.

dHere are the legs sanded and almost ready to whack on.

FullSizeRenderPre-drilling and countersinking the legs.

FullSizeRender (1) Here’s a shot of me attaching the steel supports to the top.  Note because the timbers are various thicknesses they had to be packed so they remain flat on the top when turned over.

fBraces on, now to attach the legs.

gThe legs were then drilled and bolted on using cup-head coach bolts.

hLeg supports all done. Screwed together using countersunk batton screws. Last thing to do now is attach the end pieces to hide all the end grains.

iHere’s the end pieces sanded and drilled ready to go on.

jThat’s the table finished!

kNow to start the chairs!

FullSizeRenderHeres the timber for the chairs, the straightest ones i have left without any splits or knots.

FullSizeRender (1)Using offcuts to join the pieces together, screwed from underneath with countersunk baton screws.

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FullSizeRender (4)Here i am having a play around deciding on the height of the chairs.

IMG_442191922Ok! here it is done! I have missed a few photos of welding the legs and painting them, Since I screwed it all together its also been oiled using  tongue oil.

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So there it is. Done.

Its a perfect little 4 seater. Would suit a couple living in a unit or apartment as a convenient dining table or on a deck or something. Its solid and bloody heavy. There’s not many tables these days that are made like this, to last.

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Recycled Pallet Picnic Table

Recycling hardwood pallets I get from work is a easy, free resource of perfectly good wood.  In this post I will be making a beautiful, rustic 10 seater picnic table from otherwise would be used for firewood.  One mans junk is another mans treasure so this project will be a cheap one to build.

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photoIMG_4248Here’s a shot of the pallets I get from work.

IMG_4249After breaking them apart with a sledge hammer and crow bar, your left with this.

IMG_4264A pop up marque from bunnings and a few hours of sanding later…

IMG_4263Here’s a shot of the before and after sanding.

IMG_3908After a bit of head-scratching on size and design etc I have layed out the table top with the best bits of timber in a colour pattern i liked.

IMG_3907 IMG_3911 IMG_3912Now to add some legs

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From here I never got any more photo’s of the build,  only the finished job. But from here on in you get the idea what happens next. A few more planks for the chairs, a few coats of decking oil and its done!

 

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Hardwood Sleeper Dining Table

With my love for restoring old hardwood timber, I decided to build a dining table / bench seat arrangement for home. This would soon be one of those pieces of furniture you keep for life. The thought of where these sleepers had come from in their past life, being out in the weather with years of punishing abuse from trains, and how with a bit of TLC they would soon be brought to life again.

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P1010957So, this is what i have bought-10 used sleepers. Half Ironbark and half something else. Straight up, I had them sent to a huge sawmill to be split down the middle. There’s no way i could have done this myself without a lot of effort.

IMG_2402After taking off the outer skin and docking them to length this is what i had to work with. As you can see in the background, the off-cuts i would use for a matching coffee table.

IMG_2404 IMG_2405After choosing my pieces and arranging the way they sat with the old bolt holes etc now for the gluing.

IMG_2414 IMG_2416Here we are gluing the pieces together.

Table with top offNext was the frame design. I had designed the legs for easy removal with a wider footprint for good balance.

Table TopNext was to design where to rout out the underside of the top for the frame to nest into. This was probably not necessary but I did it anyway.

IMG_2495Here is the table top with the groove cut into it for the stainless steel frame.

P1020286The frame and legs assembled.

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IMG_2485 IMG_2486The table finally sanded flat, all bolt holes have been filled with resin.

IMG_2489I put a bit of an angle on the bench seats so its not so uncomfortable to sit on.

IMG_2493 IMG_2494 IMG_2490Then the timber was oiled with tongue oil.

P1020300 The bases for the chairs ready to go on.

IMG_2580The finished table.

Sorry no recent photo has been taken with the table lately. To date the table has has brought us many good times with good company. Solid as a rock and something i will keep forever.

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Hardwood Sleeper Coffee Table with Polished Concrete Top

Coffee tables are fun projects to build. They aren’t very big, easy to manage alone, fairly cheap to build and a good platform for your imagination.

This time I have decided to go for that industrial look with big heavy hardwood railway sleepers and a custom made polished concrete top with a wrought iron edge.

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IMG_4507On the outside these sleepers look old and shitty but under the skin lies perfectly good flawless hardwood.

IMG_4523The table is held together with a stainless steel square tube frame I TIG welded together. As you can see the sleepers are back screwed to hide the fixings.

IMG_4506After cutting them to length, I arranged the sleepers in a way that shows off the beautiful ageing and patina they have. The packers are there while I screw them from the back. The finished look will be one of them floating.

IMG_4511IMG_4512After a quick scrub it was time to oil the sleepers.

IMG_4723Next was the concrete top. Well after some trial and error i have decided against concrete all together and am now going to use structural non-shrink grout. It is a shitload harder and finer. There will be no sand in it so the finish will come out more like highly polished concrete or that of polished stone. The difference the way i will be pouring this slab is i am doing it upside down. As in once its dry, the bottom molded side will be the top. In this picture the mold i have made from 18mm MDF whiteboard. The stuff your kitchen cupboards are made of. Its only temporary as long as its smooth. Remember, the inside size of the mold will be the outside of the shape you want. The depth of the mold will be the finished height of the slab.

IMG_4727 IMG_4725 IMG_4726Siv, mix and pour. If you are using non-shrink grout, mix it up pretty runny for a better finish. The water will just dry out of it anyway.

IMG_4731Once you have filled the mold, why its still wet, use a straight edge to screed off the excess giving you the desired thickness.

IMG_4734Done. Pour a slab, drink a slab.

photo 1There’s the dry slab, ready to break out of the mold.

photo 2Here is the sheet of 18mm form ply I will be using as a sub-straight under the slab. this will stop any distortion causing the slab to crack. Notice I am using a product called Hexa Birch ply. Expensive shit but it has that hexagon pattern which will help bond the two surfaces.

photo 3On goes the glue. I’m using sikaflex Pro 11fc.

photo 4This is me coating the cement top with a non porous protective film sealer. Its called siloxane. Bloody expensive shit. Was around $60P/L  from memory.

photo 5This is the finished top with the sealer dried. Notice how the water now beads off and the cement remains dry! This will be great later on for things like red wine or food spillages.

 

photo 4Now for the table edge/perimeter. Im going to use this 50x50x8 Steel angle. The idea is for the table top to sit inside the angle protecting the edge from hits.

photo 2The steel angle frame i whipped up, to support and protect the edge of the cement top.

IMG_4895Ok, the steel frame has since been powder coated clear (to stop it rusting and also so it feels smooth and you cant get dirty fingers by touching it.) As you can see, i had to route out the bottom of the form ply by 2mm so the top edge of the steel is flush with the top of cement top. A small miscalculation, easily fixed.IMG_4894

IMG_4897The final touches. Here i am packing out the gaps around the edge evenly, then caulk the gap with black sikaflex.

IMG_4916The finished job. !

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