Building a round table with an oil pump attached as a light fixture

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Forum topic by Elvin posted 08-07-2011 09:14 PM 1367 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2011 09:14 PM

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I placed this question on the design forum also, but I thought I may get some more answers or ideas here. 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 09:32 PM


Instead of having the cross members intersect at the middle of the table, build a small square frame 6” or so and have the bracing intersect that, instead. That will leave the center of the top available for your hole.


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#2 posted 08-07-2011 10:55 PM

Or your supports could look like this

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 04:35 AM

There is an option to drilling the table top. Go to a plunbing supply house and get an oversized flange to fit the pipe threeds on the bottom of your pump. Polish and paint or have the flange electro plated and surface mount the pump. You can drill a small hole on an angle in line with the center of the flange to run your wires through.

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#4 posted 08-11-2011 07:42 AM

Thank you all I appreciate your input and now you have given me something to work with. I will let you know how it turns out.

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

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