I am trying to build a table like this. How could I go about getting a piece of aluminum shaped to fit my table?

Here is a picture of the table -  http://drp.ly/1D0bcb?

I don't think I would be able to shape it myself.  Is a machine shop my only option?  Do they have online sites that can make something like this?


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seandogue6 years ago
Any reputable metal shop can do those bends for you. You'll need to specify the dimensions, the material, and the bend radii. They can probably procure the material as well, and likely can suggestion a proper aluminum grade for your use. Looks like that's an anodized or epoxy/powder-coated surface. Don't be shy of metal shops. If you want pro results, you have to pay pros...It's the way of the world.
twin8885 (author)  seandogue6 years ago
Any recommendations on how to find a metal shop for this? I tried Google for Machine shops, but most of the ones in my area seem so specialized.
Hmm...hadn't considered that you didn't know how to search.

I don't know your specific locale.

If it were up to me, I'd crack open the Yellow pages first, (literally, open the paper copy of the phone book or borrow one if you're in the info-depraved generation that doesn't because "it's like paper, dude!") and look for any mention of "sheet metal fabricator" or similar terms, and the listing of materials with an emphasis on the word  "aluminum" in any advert they may have bought for the phone book.

If the company(s) you call doesn't offer the particular service, you could always ask them (only after determining that they're not able to do the job!) who they would recommend for that kind of job. It's been my experience that people in the business, whatever the business is, will often provide insight to alternate sources if they cannot themselves provide it...and of course, if the person searching is ernest, respectful and polite.

Obviously, if you're in LA or NY or one of the other city states, you have a very large number of businesses to go through, and if you're from a very small town, you may have a bit more of a struggle to do the search entirely online. That's why the yellow pages is the way to go if at all possible.

Aside from that, I'd say you have to translate the yellow pages ideas to internet search. thing is, although many people are tech saavy, many industrial businesses are not all that tech saavy, so your local options via net vs yellow pages may just turn out to be a 1:10 it ratio.

good luck
I don't know where in the world you are but sometimes good old fashioned methods can be best.
Forget Google get out the yellow pages & start calling round, you may have more luck looking under sheet metal works or shops.
You will probably find that smaller companies will be better as they tend to be "people" so if they have a car park for 200 forget them, look for the one with parking for a dozen or so, I have worked for plenty of small companies & the are far more accommodating than the big boys who will just start going about "re-tooling time" & "production runs"
+1 The folds are also relatively long, amateur equipment can't produce enough force to do them neatly
And as important, the equipment needs to be used by someone who knows what they're doing in order to achieve the 90.0 degree bends, especially with a double fold. It seems like any old monkey could do it, but in practice, it's anything but sensible to think that way. the word was "suggest" btw, anyone who reads this...I hain't a clue whar suggestion came from. I must have been planning to use "likely, they can provide a" before it...
erik_mccray6 years ago
if your not dead set size Ikea has lots of stock metal counter tops for cheap.Get the metal top close to the size you want cut is as needed then build the wood table to fit it.
lemonie6 years ago

short URLs serve 2 purposes:
-they're easy to write on paper / manually type into a browser
-they disguise the end target.
If you can pop a link into a web-page, avoid routing people via Libya (it wouldn't load for me)


I assume you are referring to the link to Wikipedia I included in my reply.
Thanks for pointing it out I hadn't realized it was not included as a hypertext link, the forum I use most days automatically does so this is not a problem.
When including URLs I invariably put them on a line of their own to separate them from the body text.
Unfortunately unless you remember to use the Rich Editor option this system removes any paragraphs making links awkward to use.
I seldom use services like tiny URL unless it is for one that is exceptionally long.
This I am afraid is a habit I formed when in network management, our company did a great deal of work for international banks, the MOD & several law enforcement agencies, for security reasons any artificially truncated URLS that were sent or received via our extranet messaging systems or email were automatically redirected to myself or another member of the network security team before being allowed into the company.
Even now I have a habit of checking any URLs such as http://tinyurl.com/2v5ywa5 before opening them for the very reason I can't see the end target & therefore could end up anywhere on the web including one of thousands of less than secure web sites.
I you are interested in it I have added the URL again & formatted this reply in RTF so it should appear as a hyperlink rather than just a line of text
In future I will remember that this system does not automatically form hypertext & rtf my replies to avoid this problem.

It needs to be done on a brake press. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Press_brake Any good sheet metal workshop or engineering company should be able to do this for you. As far as the bend radii are concerned the table in your picture looks like it has fairly sharp bends in it, how tight a bend can be is to great deal dependant on your material, stainless steel, mild steel, aluminium etc & its thickness. I would take advice from the experts they bend metals all day every day & will know far better than you just how tight a bend they can get on which materials. Most sheet metal shops should be able to advise you as to plating & coating as well & may even be able to get your piece included in a batch of their own work, we used to do it all the time when I worked in engineering. Good luck with it, it looks like an interesting project.
Re-design6 years ago
You could probably get this done at a high school or college that has a metal shop.