We have been using a 12 bucks (sic!) coffee table, which we purchased while at the university for a long time. It was ugly, but when we bought it, the low cost was the top priority. Not, that we did not try to buy a new one. We ordered one – but it did not show up, and deep down in my heart, I did not even like, what you can buy for a lot of money.
Finally, I decided to build it myself. I did some basic sketches and showed them to my wife, and finally, we agreed to this.
The challenge was: I had no experience in metalworking at all. I did some copper brazing many years ago and thought it can´t be that complicated, so I decided, this is the way to go, as long as I do not have any welding equipment.
I mitered all tubes to 45° and brazed it with a MAPP torch. This worked somehow, but it was no fun. I definitely have to get me welding equipment.
Finally, I was happy with the result, smoothed the seams out with a flap disc and mounted it to an oak panel.
I primed the frames with a zinc primer and finished the whole build with a matte gray spray paint. I chose RAL7016, which I already used for some lamps in our flat. Really like, how it looks together with the oiled oak.