The "High-Voltage" lettering struck a chord with me, as I've been on a bit of a journey of self-discovery these last few years, working on electric vehicle and related projects.
This Instructable will take you step by step through how to make a patio or lawn furniture table, completely from scrap iron. I wanted to name this project something like HIGH VOLTAGE TABLE, but with projects I've worked on before, people might assume that the table was somehow battery-powered or featured an electric motor!
Nope, this is just a table, but it was made completely from scrap metal, and I'm pretty proud of how it turned out.
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Let's start by taking a look at the tools and materials needed for the project.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
Being able to weld is a FANTASTIC skill. If you don't have any experience welding, I highly recommend that you learn from a friend or through a class at a technical college.
Even if you don't own a welder, that's no reason no to learn. There are now "hackerspaces" and other tool-sharing groups and collaborative workspaces which provide specialty tools and training to members. For example, in my area, we have the Milwaukee Makerspace. Members who don't own welders or shop space for them, use the welders at the Milwaukee Makerspace!
For this project, I used
3-foot diameter cast-iron grate. (This could be any material, but the unique grate is really what makes it special for me.)
1&1/2-inch diameter steel pipe (about 6 feet)
1 inch by 3/16th inch flat iron stock, about 18 feet long total. (this is the same material I used as the corners on my anvil stand.)
2 each 3/8th inch bolts, nuts, and washers
Spray paint and primer.
To build the project, I used primarily an angle-grinder and welder.
4&1/2" angle grinder
Metal-grinding, Metal-Cut-Off, and Flapper discs for angle grinder
In addition, a face shield is highly recommended for metal grinding.