Building a round table with a table lamp built in the center of the top

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Forum topic by Elvin posted 08-07-2011 02:31 AM 990 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2011 02:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question round end tables

I have an old oil pump that was used in the gas stations in the 50’s & 60’s. I now want to make and end table lamp out of it setting on a round table. The only problem is I have to drill a 2” hole in the center of the table to secure the pump. All of the plans for a nice round table,not craftsman’s table, have cross members under the top of the table top and I can’t drill through them. I have look at various plans on the internet and wood magazines but haven’t come across a table that works. So I decided that the place to get my project off the ground is here at Lumberjocks. Any ideas or leads on links or sites would be appreciated. I have attached a photo of the oil pump.
Thank you all in advance.

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 04:00 PM

I couldn’t access the photo bucket page. What type of leg system are you thinking of using? My thoughts would be to build a base to mount the pump to then mount it to the table top from underneath with a couple of screws.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 06:45 PM

A 2” Lennox hole saw will go through steel, so it should not have any trouble going through wood, if you
do not want to buy the deep cut model, you can drill the 1/4” pilot hole all the way through and finish
the hole from the bottom.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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