Hi there, this is my first post (and first wood working project!).
I'd like to build a table. For simplicities sake, we'll say it's a
coffee table, dimensions 2 x 8.
My plan is to use some sort of engineering epoxy to stick two pieces
of sheet metal together, then using either wood glue or epoxy again to
encase the now one piece of sheet metal between two thin pieces of
So in recap, I now have a 2 x 8 metal sandwich that's (by layer): Wood
-> Metal -> Metal-> Wood.
After this, I assume, I should sand the pieces of wood, and probably
the sides as well. I plan on staining the wood, then painting a
design on it.
After the staining/painting process, it'll be time to attach the
legs. I do not want straight legs, I want those slightly bowed legs
with feet on them...Know what I'm talking about? Somehow, I'd like to
get it flush with the bottom of the table, so there's no apparent
attachment when looking at it from the sides. Perhaps, if I can
figure out how, making a frame around the "meat" of the table, so it
isn't apparent that sheet metal was used. It would also manage to put
the potentially sharp metal edges safely away. At this point, the
entire table will be constructed, sanded, stained, and painted.
Now the finishing. This table will most likely have a lot of liquid
spilled on it. My thoughts were to put some type of lacquer on first,
then polyurethane, then something to the effect of an automotive
clearcoat. Basically, I want the table to have a deep red stain
(almost burgundy in color) and be very polished and shiny.
I plan on applying a large amount of clear coat coats to the surface
of the table, to give it a very hard, very shiny, very smooth,
If this doesn't make sense at all, it's probably because I'm a college
student with absolutely no wood, metal, or generally working
background. The table is actually going to be a beer pong table, and
if you don't know what that is, please don't educate yourself because
you'll think I'm even crazier than before.
Can anyone recommend a type of wood, stain, glues, epoxies, general
materials, and tell me what will and what will not work in my current
Thanks for the time and help in advance,