Around here, we make furniture for all occasions. Indoor outdoor furnishings, bedroom furniture, bar tables, bar chairs or many styles of stools. You name it, we make all types of modern-rustic furniture, fixtures and decor!
If you’re anything like me you see art everywhere you look. I look at every piece of furniture I’ve made as an individual wood and steel sculpture. Rocking chairs, park benches, bar tables, they all have their own artistic sense of style. Slow down look around, you will see, there is art everywhere. ~Mitchell Dillman
Now spend the next few minutes to look, read and watch this tutorial. You will learn all about this latest metal art furniture creation. This week we created a one-of-a-kind, standing, two top, bar table made from welded light gauge steel, 18 gauge sheet-metal. The wooden top was crafted from locally harvested Waldo Canyon Wildfire Douglas Fir.
To cut sheetmetal or other thin gauge sheet material we use our CaNibble Professional Nibbler. Click on the image below now and view the CaNibble in action!
Bar Table Designs
When designing a stand-up bar table one of the most important aspects to consider is the stability of your table. You will find most standing bar tables are designed with a single post base supported by a x-brace leg system. Because many folks tend to lean on standing bar tables more than others, most bartables will become unstable over time. This is why many of these types of tables tend to lean, wobble, or even sway as time wears on.
CaNibble Professional Nibbler
When it comes to cutting the sheet metal for our new bar table base we are using our new CaNibble Professional Nibbler. The CaNibble attaches to any standard drill transforming it into a safe, easy to use, sheet metal cutting tool.
Click on the image below to learn more about CaNibble Professional Nibbler.
Now here is a close up look at the CaNibble with the hand-held attachment.
Bar Table Frame work and Construction
For the frame work of our new bar table we selected 1/4″ x 2″ flat stock, 3/8″ solid round bar. Below is a close look at the feet design. Tap the 1/4″ off center to allow for the adjustable foot.
Free forming the bar table framework requires welding temporary supports and tack welding the feet into place on the welding table.
For cutting and grinding metal, we use tools from Trick-Tools.com. Click the image below to learn more about their complete line of high performance tools for the fabricator.
So once you have all the sheet metal cut and the frame work ready, the next step to building our new bar table is easy. It’s time we weld on the sheet metal to the steel framework.
First, take time to tack weld all the sheet metal panels in place making certain to follow the framework as closely as possible. Take time to trim and grind the edges of the sheet metal for a proper fit. Making them to fit now will cut down on additional welding and grinding time later.
Next, complete the welds. Take your time. Be sure to apply ample filler wire on each seam.
Grinding metal is much like sanding wood. Start with a heavy grit grinding wheel to remove the bulk of the welds before switching out to a lighter grit flap disc for polishing.
Here is a close up look at the finished base.
Bar Table Build Woodwork
For the bar table top we chose to use a piece of locally harvested Douglas Fir. You may be familiar with Douglas-firs because they are one of several species used as Christmas trees. Aside from their use as holiday decorations, Douglas-firs are one of the most valuable timber resources in the country. Not only ar they used for furniture, you will find them used as wooden poles, fences, and flooring, just to name a few.
We crafted our bar table from one log, milled it down, then glued 4 individual pieces back together to create an approximate 28″ x 32″ live-edge table top.
Locally harvested Douglas Fir. Click on the image below to learn more about our Custom Milling Services in Colorado Springs.
Come back next week to read and see the complete Bar Stool project build.
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