I bought a cheap table off Craigslist for a few bucks. It's top was damaged pretty bad, so I decided to remove it and try something new. I've had this large round of aluminum for years in my shop. It was bolted to my drill press when I got it. So I thought Id give it a go....
Here's my how to and a video of the project.
Step 1: Remove table top and legs
Removing these legs just required a 3/8" wrench.
The table top was connected with 3 screws.
Step 2: Shaping the legs
A bandsaw to remove rough details
a belt sander to get the basic shape
a palm or random orbit sander to get it smooth.
Step 3: Turning the base
Now it's ready for a top...
Step 4: Attaching the top
I used bolts to attach it and then cut them flush with my reciprocating saw. This step went more smooth in my head...
Step 5: Polish the top
I took the grit up to 400 before buffing it out with some paste wax
Step 6: Blots
I found 6 matching bolts and JBWelded them in place. Then really add that extra bit to the piece.