HomeMade Farmhouse Table Legs | Metalworking

HomeMade Farmhouse Table Legs | Metalworking

hey guys I’m Tyler and welcome back to
the channel… If you guys watched last week’s video you know we made this
beautiful live-edge maple farmhouse table and I kind of skipped over the
fabrication of the legs. That is because I made these legs out of metal and they
took quite a bit of time to fabricate and I wanted to go into a little bit
more detail. If you guys wanted to make them out of wood,
a little bit easier material to work with, you absolutely can. First order of operations was to break down all of the 2×4 1/8 wall tubing and I did this out
in the garage using my portable band saw this video has been brought to you by
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below all the metal has been processed at this point and it’s in here and I
picked up some riffraff off the street this guy
Douglas from the retro weld YouTube channel he cleaned up the metal for me
while I was processing it out there and we are actually going to be TIG welding
this mild steel together and I have never taken welded before until this
morning and Douglas he does all sorts of welding on his channel and he has
recently gotten a lot more into the TIG welding process that’s what we’re gonna
be doing on this table because it’s much cleaner there’s no spark so we can do it
in the shop like I said it’s 8 degrees outside nice and warm right now just
call yeah he’s from you’re from Memphis Tennessee
right yeah they don’t they don’t do 8 degrees so let me talk to you a little
bit about the setup itself for the leg and my thought process behind why it’s
the way it is here is the Sketchup model of the leg assembly itself the tabletops
gonna be right here and obviously the floor and right here we have a rectangle
that’s going to be in the middle we’re going to weld that first and then put
all of the different assemblies off of that hopefully we can keep everything
nice and square to itself so we have a nice flat table to begin the welding we fired up my
lincoln TIG 200 square wave TIG welder and those of you that actually know how
to take probably laughed when I said I was going to be TIG welding all of this
together we did start with the TIG welder and that I moved on later on in
the build as you will see later once we got everything tacked together right now
we are welding that in your rectangle together to make sure we get that nice
and square to build our assembly off of I will get better at filming welding as
time goes on I simply forgot to change my exposure to auto but I gotta say I’m
pretty happy with these TIG welds since this was the first day I’ve ever touched
a TIG torch once we had the inner rectangles of both leg assemblies
completed I used a speed square and a flat reference surface to make sure the
parts that I was assembling on either side of that new rectangle were as close
to the same length as I could possibly get what I have found with metal is that
any deviation adds a big effect later on after setting up a bit of a square jig
on the assembly table I used my speed square to lay out the 45
degrees of either side of the leg assembly and then tacked it together
with the TIG welder once the upper and lower portions of the leg assemblies
were complete I laid them out with my jig and flat reference surface knowing
that everything was square and then laid in the previously welded rectangles and
then tacked them in place we did at least two tax on every joint
on one side and then flip the assembly over and did the same thing on the other and like I mentioned before not
everything was take welded once we had it all tacked together I moved it out
into the garage where I could use the faster process of MIG welding I had a
couple reasons for doing this one was those slight deviations that I mentioned
I had some bigger gaps that I needed to fill and it was much much easier to do
this with the MIG welder also there was just a lot of welding on here and it
would have taken many many hours to do it with the TIG welder would have been
good practice but I also wanted to get this done so that we could get the table
in our house and the MIG welder worked out perfect I laid down the beads took
it back into the shop on the flat surface and use a sanding disc to sand
things down a little bit and then actually went back over those MIG welds
with the TIG welder to make a nice wave pattern and then it was on to the wire wheel to
buff up those welds nice and shiny and clean off any rust that had developed on
the steel as it was waiting for me to assemble these for the finish I started
with a coat of self-etching primer and then finished it up with a several coats
of semi-gloss black enamel once the paint had cured I brought it back into
the shop and laid out where I needed the holes to attach the tabletop to the leg
assembly people have asked me already in the tabletop video what I did to allow
for expansion of the tabletop and what I did was drilled the holes much oversized
and put the bolts in the middle of those holes so that the table can expand and
contract with no issues I’m not sure if this step is absolutely necessary
because the felt pads that we put on there might be adequate but I didn’t
want the open ends of the tubing sliding across the floor so I made some maple
pads that I recessed drilled and then tapped into the leg assembly and bolted
these in place to act as a cap for the felt pads to be fastened to then cut in fasten those felt pads in
place and these are just a big square pad that I was able to get at the Home
Center laid the legs out on the tabletop upside
down obviously in positions that would allow me to sit with my knees
comfortably extended while sitting on the chair and then I laid out lock
washers and flat washers with the bolts that we need to go through the leg
assembly and then through the mounting pad of the angle well there we are guys that is a wrap I
hope you enjoyed this video these legs are going absolutely nowhere for
generations I will probably be able to pass these on to my kids kids and even
further we might have to replace a table top as it gets damaged but these legs
are going nowhere solid as a rock you can cut your steak and your water doesn
t move when it sit right next yeah fantastic if you guys enjoyed this video
please hammer that thumbs up button helps us out a ton on DIY Tyler and you
guys have a good one

94 thoughts on “HomeMade Farmhouse Table Legs | Metalworking

  1. Well done young man. It is always nice to see people taking on a challenge and gain more knowledge. Thanks for sharing your skill learning with us all. Keep em coming as I am sure lots will enjoy your vids.

  2. Fantastic job on those legs Tyler. It is always great to watch good welding. It is definitely as much art, as it is skill and science. I tried several types on more than one occasion, and learned I should leave welding to those with the talent for it.

    I have a great respect for all craftsmen – wood, metal, stone, whatever; however, I do give welders and extra thumbs on the scale for respect. So you just moved up a notch in my books buddy. 😉

  3. Great job!  I love the design of those legs.  I also understand you going over the MIG welds with the TIG to pretty them up.  I've done that a few times myself.  🙂

  4. Anyone else catch the error? During painting at 5:30ish the magically appearing cross braces had open ends, but in the next scene they had the flat steel welded on and painted for bolting mounts to the top. Nice try Tyler, but you can't hide errors like that from us.

  5. Very cool. Although I have absolutely no idea the difference between those two types of welding and why one takes longer. A short explanation would have been nice.

  6. GREAT table/project Tyler. Personally, I would think about spraying the feet black as well. Just IMHO. Keep the vid's coming.

  7. Thank you I appreciate you taking the time to do this more of us need to do that. And not enough content creators willing to show how they really get things done so I appreciate you, doing this good job Ken I recently joined your community your YouTube community that is thank you look forward to hearing from you Ken

  8. Tyler dude I gotta tell ya that table looks Fantastic!!! Great job with the build and the video. I think that your grandkid's grandkids will be able to use those table legs.

    Thanks for sharing

  9. Mr Douglas should have let you know that it would’ve been way easier to weld if you would’ve cleaned the metal properly and gotten rid of the mill scale

  10. C'est un choix qui se respecte : bois + métal …
    Je préfère quand même bois 100% mais le résultat ici est quand même très joli. Bravo 🙂

  11. GREAT GREAT GREAT X20 job dude! Your craftsmanship is really showing on this one. Such a tidy build. Best word I can come up with. Tidy operations, tidy aesthetics. Awesome

  12. Awesome job on the table and legs!! Have considered adding some lights in the garage so you don’t have to use portable floodlights when you have to work in the garage?

  13. Diy Tyler My cousin has a powder coat business in Monroe MI check him out on Facebook Jeff’s powder coat not sure how far he is from you

  14. you can indicate the measurements of the table (of the square, wooden plate, etc.) I would like to make this table

  15. quedo hermosa ,un detalle a mejorar seria redondear las esquinas de la mesa, los niños se pueden golpear feo ahi

  16. Thank you for the detailed video on making the legs. I really want to make maximum use of my everlast welder and stuff like this is great.

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