I do not often use Sketch Up, but in this instance it was convenient for me to show my client the scale of the table he wanted. I created the image and was able to show him several views of the table. Once I started to collect the material for the table I changed the material of the legs to 2″ x 4″ hollow steel (in the picture I was showing 3″ x 4″).
I keep the 6′ truss across the bottom a 3″ x 3″ hollow steel tube. For the finish and texture of the top we discussed several options. Once we decided on a direction, I was able to provide a 1′ x 2′ sample of the way the top would look. The top is made up of the 1″ walnut strips of wood glued over 3/4 ” plywood and nailed with a pin nailer. The 23 gauge nails are so small they are nearly invisible in the final product . To make the cuts in the steel leg parts accurately I got my old metal cutting chopping band saw from storage.
As you can see it made things very simple! Enjoy the process!
1″ walnut plank 8′ x 10″ cut in to 1/8″ strips of random lengths
2.5 sheets of 3/4″ x 4′ x 8′ birch plywood
18′ of 2″ x 4″ steel tubing
6′ of 3″ x 3″ steel tubing
6′ of 3/16″ x 4″ steel flat
Metal chopping band saw
10″ uni saw
Miller Matic MIG welder
23 gauge pin Nailer
In each episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy.