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 wood.
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, surface.
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 plan?
Thanks for the time and help in advance,