Here is another table my sweet hubby made for me. This was also inspired by a coffee table in the Restoration Hardware catalog. The good thing about making your own furniture (besides
saving serious money) is being able to get the custom size you need. This table is in our family room. I only have a 10 x 10 space to work with. Every coffee table I liked in the stores was way too big. Now, thanks to my hubby's handiwork we have a table we both love at the price he likes ($80 opposed to RH's $800 +) and the size I like (you can actually walk around it without banging up your shins or stubbing your toes). Here is the link to my site http://mingledelements.com/2012/01/industria... and here is the link to my husband's site http://shopngarage.com/2012/01/industrial-lo....
Commented on Apr 19, 2013
Meghan, I purchased a box of solid rivets from...
the rivets are decorative. I drilled holes and installed the rivets. Next, I spot welded the back side of the rivet to hold it in place.
The rounded corners were quite a bit of work. I built up the steel in the corners by layering in weld bead. I shaped the outside with an angle grinder. I shaped the inside with a carbide burr in an air die grinder.
Older power tools were single insulated. The wiring, motor, and switch were insulated from the case, but the case was made of metal. It was able to conduct an electric current. If an
energized component within the tool shorted to the case, the case could become energized. A third wire was added to the plug. This third ground wire was connected to the case of the tool. If an energized component shorted to the case, a large current would flow through the low resistance ground wire and clear the fault (trip the circuit breaker).
Newer power tools are double insulated. The wiring, motor, and switch are insulated. The case is also made of a non-conductive material such as plastic. Many of these newer tools do not need a three conductor plug. They are much safer to use, especially in damp conditions.
Do not use an older metal case tool if the plug only has two prongs. A three conductor plug can be added as a replacement. The third conductor (green) is attached to the case of the tool with a screw. The ground screw is usually colored green. The ground conductor can be tested without disassembling the tool. A multimeter, set to measure resistance, can be connected between the ground prong of the plug and the case of the tool. The resistance should be very low. It is a good idea to use a ground fault protected receptacle with a single insulated tool. A GFCI should be used when any tool is used in a damp location. Check out my GFCI article on my blog.