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10-09-2018 04:35 PM

So, I took the risk of asking my wife what she wanted me to make next. It’s a risk because she is very particular. Anyway, she wants a classy (nice wood, e.g. bird’s eye maple, walnut) top with a modern metal base. I have no interest in starting metalsmithing at the moment, and before I can design the size of the chest, I’ll need to find the base. She’s thinking of a design similar to what’s in this picture, although taller and narrower. Any ideas on where to source the base? Thanks.


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#1 posted 10-09-2018 04:43 PM

A local metal working shop could make them for you.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 10-09-2018 05:33 PM

Yep^. That’s pretty quick work for someone with a welder. That way you can get whatever size you want too.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 10-09-2018 06:17 PM

Thanks, Kenny and Les. I’m a little leery of finding an unknown (to me) welder. I Googled “Metal working near me” and there are seem to be 3 types of results -Huge wholesale metal places that wouldn’t be interested in me and my project, artistic guys that make fancy wrought iron railings who I assume will charge me accordingly for their artistic styling, and the small garage welding guys who, without knowing their work, might give me a sloppy product. I guess I just don’t want to take the time to research all these places….

I would prefer either finding something ready-made, and building to fit, or making it myself. I’m considering buying metal and riveting it together. Is that unwise? I’ve never riveted before. I’d have to buy a riveter and learn how to do it, but it doesn’t seem that difficult in concept.


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#4 posted 10-09-2018 07:03 PM

You don’t need to rivet it together you can use bolts if your going to make it yourself. Or you can look around for used furniture or stands and just modify those for your project.

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#5 posted 10-09-2018 07:30 PM

You don t need to rivet it together you can use bolts if your going to make it yourself. Or you can look around for used furniture or stands and just modify those for your project.

- corelz125

That would be the best option other than welding IMO. You can either drill and tap and use machine screws depending on the thickness of material or, just drill through and use through bolts with nuts. If you want a seemless look, use flat head screws but drill the countersink shallow. Then grind the protruding heads off flush with the metal. After you paint, you won’t be able to see the fasteners.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 10-09-2018 08:04 PM

Thanks Corelz and Kenny. Bolts are something I can do.

I just had another idea. How “metal” would it look if I built a wood base and used a metallic paint? It would be easier for me and might look pretty cool. I’ve never used a metallic finish before.

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#7 posted 10-09-2018 09:42 PM

If wife is willing to accept round metal, instead of square metal legs, might want to look at ‘brass’ bar or foot rail tube and fittings (available in steel, and aluminum too). It won’t be cheap, but all you need to assemble is drill holes for sheet metal screws. Comes in 1.0, 1.5 & 2 inch sizes, can buy 3 way corners, and fancy end fittings for feet (or make you own from wood).
Many folks sell hand/foot/bar railing components. Here in Phoenix, we have several local stocking suppliers such as here. Or general WWW place like here.

Don’t forget to check Craigslist for local welders. Can usually find ads from certified professional welders, who moon light on small jobs. Another place to find reputable welder is to visit your local welding supply house. The folks that sell gas and metal wire/rod to metal workers usually have a very short referral list of folks that they would provide at the risk of ruining their reputation. :)

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#8 posted 10-09-2018 10:07 PM

Black iron gas pipe would be fairly easy material to work with. Not sure if the wife would go for the look but it’s worth a shot.

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#9 posted 10-10-2018 03:03 AM

Honestly you don’t need to be “into” metalworking to make something like that. A $140 stick welder on Amazon, some 3/32” 6013 electrodes, and an angle grinder with a grinding wheel is all you really need. You might already have the angle grinder.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#10 posted 10-10-2018 03:28 AM

Change the design a little bit and make it out of wood. I made this base to mimic a metal base.
It’s 1 3/4” square and the joints are finger joints.

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#11 posted 10-10-2018 11:32 AM

Does your local high school or community college have a vocational welding program or the local sheet metal union? You can call and ask them if they will build it for you. Most of the time they are looking for real world projects for the students to do. Then you shouldn’t have to worry about it looking bad since the instructor won’t let it go out looking bad.

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#12 posted 10-10-2018 01:52 PM

you can look up fabrication shops near you on google and go talk to them to see if one of the guys will do it on the side, if you brought all the materials and a well thought out cut list that could be made in an hour, easy.

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#13 posted 10-10-2018 06:35 PM

Wife approves of wood/metallic paint idea! On to the design step! Thanks everyone.

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#14 posted 10-11-2018 03:25 AM

Find a guy in the country that welds stuff for farmers and factories.

Show him that pic and give dimensions. He will be done in 15 minutes and charge you 65$ for labor. Another 20$ for materials and you have a strong base made locally for under 100$. You can paint it if you want, but l like natural steel look with a wax finish.

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