As was hinted in a previous post, here is what became of some of the hardwood flooring that we pulled up when installing the slate floor.
I riped off the tongue side of the wood and screwed and glued it together face-to-back (as opposed to side-to-side). The surface was pretty rough, but it planed and sanded out pretty well. I also wasn't going for a perfect surface. I wanted that expensive restoration hardware reclaimed wood look. So, a little wood filler (which gives the nail holes and flaws some character) and a few hundred passes with the belt sander and it came out exactly as I hoped it would.
I have had a little mig welder for a couple years now, but have never had much of a chance to use it in a big way. I also didn't really now how to use it, so there was a steep learning curve on this project. If I could quote a friend, "I'm not a very good welder, but I am a great grinder".
Anyway, I bought some box steel from Lowes, and kind of shot from the hip while building the bases for these. I am pretty happy with them.
I ended up being really focused on making the coffee table, and I forgot to take any pics, but I did document the making of the side tables pretty well.
Here is the table top before being urethaned:
And here is the completed table in it's place:
Here is one of the tops in its early stages:
Here it is attached to the beginning of the base:
Everything is still pretty rough here. A little more progress:
One mostly done, next to its twin:
Coincidentally, the shelf is exactly big enough to hold my laptop. I would like to take credit for thinking of that, but it was pure luck.
All tables in there locations:
While working with the floor, I found a sticker from the original lumber yard that the wood came from: http://www.chickasawbrand.com/. So, I present the Chickasaw Collection. The casters make the coffee table really convenient for pushing away after consuming way to much food. The total cost of materials was well below $200, which is a hell of a lot cheaper than anything at Pottery Barn. Now I should have just enough wood left to build the entertainment center.
After dicking around for a few years thinking about buying one of these bits, I finally did. Totally worth it. To mount the bases to the tops I drilled a 1/4" hole in one side of the tubing, and a 1/2" on the other, and used hardened steel screws with heads big enough to pass through the big hole and mount from the inside.
Keep mineral spirit soaked rags away from wherever you are welding. I was tacking the shelf portions in place, and my left arm started to feel warm. Warmer than it should from just welding. I removed my goggles in time to see a two foot high flaming rag on my bench top. A spark from the welder must have hit it. Stupid mistake. I do have a fire extinguisher about two feet from where I was, but I was able to pick it up pretty easier with the welding gloves and throw it on the fire pit.