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How to Make a Reclaimed Industrial Style Table

John Malecki

How to Make a Reclaimed Industrial Style Table

Two Styles of Industrial Style Table DIY

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Apr 21, 2017

More and more of my projects recently have been guilds I complete for local businesses and other clients. This work consistently challenges me to try out new designs, techniques, and go outside my comfort zone. The result? Some projects I’m super proud of and can’t wait to share with yinz.

For this build, I tackle some reclaimed wood industrial style tables for a client. I created two designs here: a long table with an industrial square frame and a small round table with an X-shaped metal base. Both designs turned out better than I could have imagined and the industrial style table was definitely a good move for this client.

So check it out! I’ve included a video as well as a quick step-by-step of my process as a whole:

Project Overview

How to Make an Industrial Style Table

How to Make an Industrial Style Table
  1. Mill Lumber
  2. Glue Up the Top
  3. Cut Metal for the Base
  4. Tack and Weld the Base
  5. Finish Base
  6. Cut Top to Size
  7. Sand and Finish

What You’ll Need for an Industrial Style Table

What You’ll Need for an Industrial Style Table

Materials

  • Reclaimed Wood
  • Metal Tubing
  • Self-Etching Primer
  • Wood and Metal Finishes of Your Choice

Tools

How to Make an Industrial Style Table: The Step-by-Step

How to Make an Industrial Style Table: The Step-by-Step

Mill Lumber

Start by milling your reclaimed wood. Remove all nails before beginning, then use your table saw, planer, and miter saw to cut down your lumber to rough size and fix imperfections.

John Malecki glues the top of the lumber

Glue Up the Top

Once milled, glue up your tabletops with wood glue clamping to dry for 24-48 hours.

John Malecki Cuts Metal for the Base

Cut Metal for the Base

While your glue dries, begin cutting down the metal for the base from square metal tubing. I created one table design with a standard square base in addition to an X-shaped base for smaller round tables. Depending on the shape of your table, you’ll want to tackle these cuts and welding in different ways. Cut angles accordingly

John Malecki Tacks and Weld the Base

Tack and Weld the Base

Once your metal is cut, bevel your edges for solid welds. I did this with my angle grinder to speed up the process. Next, lay out your base, set the angles, and tack it together. Once your tacks align properly, weld along the seams with a Lincoln Electric welder.

John Malecki Finishes Base

Finish Base

Once the weld-up is done, clean the metal with acetone then spray it with a self-etching primer. Finish with a black enamel spray paint or another color of your choice.

John Malecki Cuts Top to Size

Cut Top to Size

While the base paint dries, finish cutting your tabletop to size. I made a home-made router jig for my round tabletops and traced over an outline until it was perfectly rounded.

John Malecki Sands and Finishes

Sand and Finish

Finish off your table by sanding it with an orbital sander to about 120 grit. Stain with your favorite wood finish, painting with the natural grain of your wood, and attach it to the base. And there you have it -- a DIY industrial table that looks great with nearly any decor.

Special thanks to Timberland Pro for sponsoring this project!

If you liked this project, check out my other furniture builds:

Download the Plan

Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.

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Apr 21, 2017
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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!