I had seen a coffee table at a high end furniture store and loved it, but the price was way out of my range. So I drew up a set of plans to create the table on my own. Get the plans for the table here: http://adventuresincreating.blogspot.com/2010/10/future-coffee-table-progress.html
Step 1: Buying the Steel
Using the plans I had drawn up I went to my local steel supplier and had them cut the steel to the sizes I needed. I used 3/4" steel tubing.