Industrial Sofa Table

About: Former NFL Offensive lineman turned Furniture maker. I am self taught and sharing my experiences with the world!

How to make a simple & easy Industrial Sofa Table

I love building industrial style furniture. The pairing of metal and wood in furniture is beautiful and something I really really enjoy. Here I am building a super easy industrial Sofa Table that will be used with bar stools. This build shows just how easy it is to make simple elegant and modern furniture just like this. Check out the full video and walk through on how I did it.

If you would like to attempt this project on your own, here are a few tools I recommend!

Step by Step

  1. Cut Metal / Grind Bevels
  2. Tack Together Sides
  3. Finish Weld Sides & Add Stretchers
  4. Flatten & Square Wood
  5. Assemble Top
  6. Sand & Finish
  7. Prep & Prime Base
  8. Paint & Attach Top

Step 1: ​Cut Metal / Grind Bevels

Cut Metal / Grind Bevels


Cut down your metal stock to size. Cut the long pieces first for the stretchers, then cut the legs and cross members. You can use a chopping metal cutting saw, a bandsaw, or a zip wheel on a hand grinder. Bevel the edges on all butt joints.

Step 2: ​Tack Together Sides

Start by tacking together the sides for the base. Make sure everything is square.

Step 3: ​Finish Weld Sides & Add Stretchers

Pick the pattern you want for your panels and trace them out onto the door panel cores.

Step 4: ​Flatten & Square Wood for Top

If you purchased your wood rough cut, use this time to square the wood and cut it to size. Use your jointer, planer, and Table saw. If you don't have these tools, you can purchase your wood s4s from the store

Step 5: ​Assemble Top

Using a domino or biscuit jointer, assemble the top. Use plenty of glue. This part is for alignment only. The stability is not needed. But this helps to create less flattening and sanding.

Step 6: Sand & Finish

Sand the top once it dries to your preference. I am using Rubio Monocoat finish for my top which only requires sanding to 150 grit.

Step 7: ​Prep & Prime Base

Prep the metal bases by cleaning them with acetone and wiping off all grease and dirt. Use a self etching primer to first coat the metal. I prefer 2 coats.

Step 8: Paint & Attach Top

Finish the Base with a coat of paint of your choice. I am using Rust-Oleum Soft Iron paint. Once Paint is dried, attach the top.

Check out some of my industrial furniture build projects

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    7 months ago

    Wooden tables with metal legs always look so clean and professional :)