Bedside Table (and lamp)

  1. Aesgarth Member

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    As with my previous contribution to this section, this is made with 40x40 box section. There's also a bit of flat bar and some 20x20mm angle in this one. Job one, cut all the metal... Used my Evolution saw to do this, and it makes for a far more pleasant job than using the angle grinder.
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    So that's the steel cut for 2 tables.

    Now a bit of planning, I know roughly how I wanted these to look in my head but the exact layout wasn't clear until I had the bits on the bench.
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    Welding begins....
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    Not very good welding either, but never mind about that. I'm sure it's up to the job.

    Half a frame...

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    And a completed frame with the beginnings of a top:
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    Note the bench (and entire workshop) getting messier and messier as the project progresses...

    Slightly more completed top, and the beginnings of a shelf. The shelf was a complete pain to get right.
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  2. Aesgarth Member

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    Completed shelf, and the start of the edging for the top:
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    More edging and some electrics. Because I'm an idiot I bought an unswitched socket, so had to do a bit of a redesign and add a switch. 20190218_183227.jpg

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    The wiring goes down the inside of the leg. Next job was making the drawer. It's the first time I've done this, and it took AGES but it worked out ok.
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    Underside of the top has a built in wireless charger, so mobile phones can be charged just by putting them on the right place on the table.
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    And... Finished... Until I decide what colour to paint it. now to put the second one together.

    Front:
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    Back:
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    And in place (with bonus lamp that I made. the shade will be getting changed when I find one that I like that's small enough)
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    And another angle of the lamp:
     
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  3. stuvy

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    That’s cool mate I like the hidden sockets and phone charger
     
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  4. Aesgarth Member

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    Thanks.
    Here's a few more pictures of the lamp. It uses an ikea tradfri bulb and remote dimmer, so the round thing that's inlaid into the front can be removed and used away from the lamp itself. The lamp is full of sand so extremely heavy for the size of it. 20190225_174329.jpg 20190225_174321.jpg 20190225_174427.jpg 20190225_174409.jpg 20190225_174421.jpg
    And a quick video showing the dimmer in action. ..
     
  5. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Great little project.

    Where do you get the contactless chargers from?
     
  6. Aesgarth Member

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  7. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Thanks very much, I have an iPhone 8x so it will work.

    Much much cheaper than the branded ones

    I take it it’s fine through the oak top?
     
  8. Aesgarth Member

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    I used a router to cut a hollow in the bottom of the table top, so where the charger is fitted the oak is only about 5mm thick. It wouldn't work through the full thickness, and the thinner it is the better for the charger. I glued the charger in place then filled the hole with magic gel, which then got covered in sawdust. Here's a better picture of the underside of the top. 20190225_212649.jpg

    Before glueing it up I tested it was thin enough to work by holding it in place and holding my phone on the other side. I'm not sure how close the phone needs to be...
     
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  9. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Top man, I’ve got a couple ordered up
     
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  10. pjk Member

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    I really like the lamp idea. Do you have a removable panel to install the electrics, or did you just weld everything shut with the electrics in place hoping that nothing would melt?
     
  11. selectedgrub

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    Beautiful
     
  12. Aesgarth Member

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    I welded everything I could before fitting the electrics, but left the front of the cube off. I then fitted the electrics, filled the whole thing with sand to try to protect the wires a bit, wrapped a damp cloth around the tube and welded the front on, hoping nothing would melt. It appears to have worked.

    Edit: and just to make sure there were no issues I used our Clare test station at work.
     
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  13. Aesgarth Member

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    I've made another lamp, this time brazed rather than welded, and polished... 20190309_192030.jpg 20190309_192042.jpg
     
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  14. doubleboost

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    Very nice
    I would not like to stub my toe on it mind
     
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  15. Aesgarth Member

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    It is bloody heavy, not least because it's full of sand.
     
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  16. Aesgarth Member

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    I finally finished the second table... 20190331_203258.jpg 20190331_201453.jpg 20190331_204011.jpg 20190331_204021.jpg 20190331_203259.jpg 20190331_203424.jpg 20190331_204029.jpg 20190331_204032.jpg
     
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  17. Aesgarth Member

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    And a couple more photos of how the wireless charger is fitted...
     
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  18. stuvy

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    I like that a lot top work young man
     
  19. selectedgrub

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    Top stuff.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  20. dobbslc

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    Nice work!
    Have you connected an earth wire to the framework though?
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