So my sleep schedule is backwards again... but I got into the 'space at 6AM and did some metal cutting and welding! After discussing ideas with the inimitable (trust me, I've tried!) Jennie AKA "the Vulture" during previous experiments, I've settled on a coffee table using a lighter plain steel frame than the stuff I've been fiddling with.
The other day, I picked up two six-foot lengths of half-inch angle steel. I also picked up a couple of steel rods... I'm going to see if I can get someone to smith them into ornate table legs for me or authorize me on the forge so I can do it myself... but that's for later.
So, today, I cut the angle steel into rough 2' by 4' lengths. I'm doing what basically amounts to mitered butt joints at the corners, but (heh) I had to do a little grinding on each piece first to get the resulting cuts more uniform. Honestly, I'm new to all of this and I'm certain htere are ways I could have better managed a lot of this... but this is a learning experience, and it has already given me things to consider and questions to ask!
I also had a minor challenge fixing the pieces against each other evenly for the initial spot welds, which I resolved with wood blocks and clamps. The joints were not perfectly butted against each other, which made for some minor complications as I tried to fill some small spaces with a little of the leftover cut material for the welder to work with. It went okay... not great, but I got it to work. Afterward, I ground down the welds at the outer corners so they looked less messy.
Have some pics!
So... I made a rectangle!
Be excellent to each other!
Jonny friggin' Panic