First Welding Project - Walnut Dining Table

  1. JungleJim New Member

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    Hi all,
    I bought a welder after doing an evening course in MIG and here is my first proper project. Made some metal legs for walnut dining table Was planning on grinding the welds flat but decided to keep them as they were. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I wiped the legs down with acetone and sprayed with a clear matt lacquer. I also made little walnut caps for the feet, so they don't mark the floor.
    Cheers
    J
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  2. hunter27

    hunter27 Pete

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    I like the table but wonder, If the legs are screwed on using shortish wood screws there would be a heck of a lot of leverage if anyone lent against the end of the table.
     
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  3. Stingray Member

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    Even if you put a single crossmember between the two sets of legs below the wood it may help and you would not see it but a nice job for someone just getting into metal work, there is no stopping you now...:clapping:
     
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  4. premmington

    premmington Member

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    Pleasing thing to look at - angles look right - edge of table top - angle of legs!

    It would need - as suggested - a bit of bracing underneath for my household.
     
  5. KaneH Member

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    Tidy looking kitchen units you’ve got in your shed/garage Jim!

    Table looks smart, top job :thumbup:
     
  6. daedalusminos Member

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    I agree with previous comments, I would weld 2 pairs of spreader plate per leg assembly. You could make these from your box section cut longitudinally to produce shallow "U" spreaders. 5" long spreaders would give you something like 8" between centres and still maintain the minimalist look since they'd be hidden.
     
  7. JungleJim New Member

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    Cheers Guys,
    I screwed and glued threaded inserts into the underside of the table and attached using M8 bolts. feels pretty sturdy, but putting some additional bracing was something I was considering.

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  8. Paul.

    Paul. Moderator Staff Member

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  9. waddycall

    waddycall Member

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    That looks great - well done!
     
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  10. R-D-R Forum Supporter

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    Very nice work, did you make the top yourself?
     
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  11. clift_d

    clift_d Member

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    I would definitely weld another tubular section between the centres of the two top tubes to stiffen up the legs, otherwise I'm afraid that the leverage on those insert fixings, from somebody pushing on the end of the table for example, will easily be enough to pull them out.

    Great finish though.
     
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  12. JungleJim New Member

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    Sorry, just seen this. Yes, made the top myself. I get my hardwood from a place in Brentwood called the hardwood offcut shop. Perfect for a hobbyist like me who doesn't buy that much. He had a pallet of walnut shorts in that were perfect for table tops
     
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