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Topic: Old rusty bed frames to map coffee table  (Read 2653 times)
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« on: February 19, 2008 02:31:21 PM »

I saw a post here not long ago that described adding a map to a boring coffee table to make the surface more interesting.

Of course, my husband and I can't do anything simply, so we decided to make our own coffee table from scratch...from a pair of old rusty bedframes that had been sitting alongside our house since we moved in.

Here are the bed frames we started with:

A few work-in-progress shots:

And voila!!

I don't have a "nice" (i.e. not cell phone camera) picture of the finished work yet; I'll take one tonight.

The details:

Materials and machines used:
* 2 old bed frames that came in our house
* High-speed cut-off wheel
* Chop saw
* Sandblaster
* MIG welder
* Bench grinder with wire wheel
* Hand grinder
* Punch press
* Cordless drill

* 3/4"  MDF fiberboard
* AAA California and Nevada state maps
* Flat black spray paint (for the fiber board)
* Black appliance enamel/epoxy spray paint (for the frame)
* Varathane polyurethane (clear gloss)
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2008 02:45:47 PM »

wow that is pretty awesome  Shocked nice walls too Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2008 02:55:20 PM »

Great way to recycle old angle iron!
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2008 03:27:55 PM »

i have tons of old maps that i would love to do something like that with..wish i had your power tools!

great job on your table, you should be proud

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2008 03:48:16 PM »

wish i had your power tools!

Most aren't ours -- we belong to a community workshop called TechShop (www.techshop.ws).  They're opening franchises all over the country.  Grin

The only stuff we did at home was the map ironing, painting the frame and fiberboard, and assembling all of it once the paint/polyurethane was dry.  Cool
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2008 04:54:18 PM »

Great Job with the coffee table - way to reuse!
And your community workshop with it's flame painted welding room rocks - I must keep an eye out for one in my community.

Swap it like it's HOT...I do personal swaps.

« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008 03:32:26 AM »

I have just spent 20 minutes on the TechShop site with my boyfriend and I both drooling! Do you think it would be worth moving continents for the front reception job they have ?avail? How cool would it be to work there!
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