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Blog entry by TrickyDick posted 02-09-2017 09:51 PM 803 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am looking for someone who can make a steel/iron band for a dining room table I am making. Any ideas? It would be 2” tall 1/4” thick and 226 long. I want the metal to be stippled and rounded on outer edges.

Anyone have any experience with this?

-- Rick, Canyon Lake, TX www.knottyknotty.etsy.com



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Kelster58

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 11:08 PM

1/4×2 hot rolled steel weighs about 1.7 pounds per foot. That’s about 32 pounds of steel. You may want to think about 1/8×2 hot rolled. That would cut the weight in half. Hot rolled steel has a rounded edge and mill scale that has a wrought iron look. It is relatively soft, so it can be distressed with some heat and a hammer. It is very easy to cut as well. I have found if you clean it with acetone the mill scale holds polyurethane well and has a nice look. You can fasten the steel to the table with round head mild steel rivets. I have drilled a hole in wood (and through the steel of course) that has a tight fit for the rivet and put some epoxy in the hole and pressed the rivet into the wood. If you want to weld the corners or joints that can be done locally and inexpensively. I would bet you know someone with a mig welder. You can also find antique looking rivets on line. Hope that helped.

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#2 posted 02-10-2017 02:37 AM

I am a welder by trade and I could tell you this would be very easy to wrap around a table, unless it is square then it would have to be bent or cut and welded, if it is round you will have a little bit of trouble where to two ends meet, it will have a tendency to want to leave a gap there, an easy solution is to overlap by a foot (6 inches each side) and heat then cut off the overlap and it will be dead on. if it is an oval this will not be a problem if you meet the 2 ends in the middles of the longest section. also as far as the texture is concerned stippled steel from what I see on google images looks almost exactly the same as the texture left behind after I needle gun a piece of steel, a needle gun takes a huge air compressor to operate but would probably be laughably cheap to get done by some one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANfm0K16MZs

hope this helps.

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#3 posted 02-10-2017 06:19 AM

I worked in a company that made furniture with steel banding. Unless your table top is very dry the edge banding is a royal pain. I have had to fix a pile of tables because the wood moved and popped the banding off. The company eventually quit making tables with banding because it happened so often.

I worked in both the steel shop and the wood shop

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#4 posted 02-10-2017 06:56 AM

Looks like they have got it covered already otherwise give me a call, they dont call me Bender for no reeason

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#5 posted 02-10-2017 01:44 PM

How ‘bout aluminum? Easy to work with and you can polish it to a chrome-like shine, or use scotch brite pads on a drill to give some interesting swirl effects.
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#6 posted 02-13-2017 04:42 AM



How bout aluminum? Easy to work with and you can polish it to a chrome-like shine, or use scotch brite pads on a drill to give some interesting swirl effects.
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Off topic, but that is some fine engine-turned aluminum!

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#7 posted 02-13-2017 04:49 AM



I am looking for someone who can make a steel/iron band for a dining room table I am making. Any ideas? It would be 2” tall 1/4” thick and 226 long. I want the metal to be stippled and rounded on outer edges.

Anyone have any experience with this?

- TrickyDick

Back on topic-

If you cut a slot for the iron band, you could just let it float in the edge of the table top. You would just have to look at the differential expansion and contraction rates for the wood and the iron, and would only need to attach it in a couple of places to keep it on when the wood is in its shrunken state (and to keep the band from rattling). When the wood expands, it just shouldn’t be big enough in circumference to split the band. And the attach points in the iron should be slotted to allow for expansion and contraction. What kind of wood are you using?

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#8 posted 02-15-2017 10:19 PM

Thanks all! Good info!

-- Rick, Canyon Lake, TX www.knottyknotty.etsy.com

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