Introduction: Wood and Metal Coffee Table

Don't feel like reading? Check out the above video showing an overview of the build process.
If you would like to do this, the following steps will help you go through the whole process.

This is my first table, and I have limited tools. Some steps here can be made much simpler if you have the right tools.



Circular saw,


Some short clamps,

Sander Angle grinder,

Steel cutting chop saw,



4cm x 6cm wood pieces (60cm for the table, 35cm for chairs),

Low-quality epoxy resin,

3cm x 3cm metal bars (for base)

Round metal bars (served as long clamp then as straightener of the tabletop)

A great desire to have such a table on my balcony :)

Step 1: Assemble the Pieces for Chairs

I drilled holes for the screws on each piece except the last. Then put some wood glue and screwed the pieces together.

Screws are probably not needed, however, since I do not have suitable clamps, the screws helped keep the board flat. Of course, you need to configure the last one yourself, since it does not have screws.

Step 2: Assemble the Pieces for Table

For the table the process is similar.

The difference is that instead of clamps I used threaded metal bars. I clamped 1/3 part, let it dry and repeat for 2/3 and the rest.

Step 3: Welding Metal Frame

I usually used 45-degree joints for metal bars. This time I decided to try a new type of connection (see. Figure). It was easier than I expected and much easier than 45-degree joints, so I think that in the future I will use mainly this new type of joints.

Step 4: Sanding Metal

Used 80 grid metal sanding disk for angle grinder to sand all surfaces of metal bases.

Step 5: Painting

Applied two coats of gray primer for crack fix and three coats of black paint.

Step 6: Trimming

Used custom made planing jig to trim board to a consistent thickness.

Then cut edges with a circular saw.

Step 7: Enforcing Boards With Metal Bars

Enforcing boards with metal bars. This step is optional but recommended. This prevents the table from twisting over a long period of time.

Step 8: Attaching to Base

Installed E-Z Lok (type M6) insets in wood boards to mount them with metal bases using bolts.

Step 9: Sanding

Sanded excesses of epoxy with angle grinder and 80 grit metal sanding disk.The switched to sanded with 80, 120 and 180 sandpaper

Step 10: Finish

And finally, a couple of linseed oil coats to bring them to life.

Step 11: The Result

Table and chairs where they will live

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