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Today on Modern Builds I'm experimenting making a metal coffee table base without any welding. I had a lot of fun trying this idea out and learned a lot in the process. I know it's not as strong as a welded table, but is a great option for the casual DIY'er that doesn't have the resources to weld. Make sure and watch the demo/explanation towards the end of the video before criticizing or critiqueing please. ALSO, I beefed up the written article for this project with a 3D model and step by step plans, so make sure and check that out if you plan on building this coffee table for yourself.

3/4"Square Aluminum Tube:
5/8" Square Pine Dowels:
10 – 8' Pine 1×4's
3/4" Angle Brackets:
Epoxy I Used:
Wood Glue:
Flat Black Spray Paint:
Wood Finish:

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  • Oliwia D

    Modern builds = awesome woodworking hacks 😂

  • SDG Danny

    9:59 EA should take notes

  • Aaron Castellanos

    I’ve seen your videos before, but I never subscribed. This video changed my mind! Great project!

  • Todd Brill

    How good will it look if it falls apart? Function>=Form.

  • The Beardless Man

    This is my kind of project, mainly because I can’t weld. Or never have.

  • Rowland Custom Woodworking - Phillip Rowland

    Hey, if you need some welding, or you want to try it out, I have one you can use. I’m still experimenting with it as well. Cool table and idea though. David with Make something did a brazed aluminum frame. That may also add some rigidity to your frame, and it’s super easy to learn. Not very expensive at all.

    • rockusbacchus

      If I’m not mistaken, that brazed frame that Picciuto made ended up failing. I think he recommended only using that technique for projects that aren’t made to hold a lot of weight (aluminum picture/sign frames, maybe?)

    • Rowland Custom Woodworking - Phillip Rowland

      rockusbacchus I believe you’re right. I was recommending brazing on top of what he has already done. It would add rigidity, but not be the only source of strength.

    • Modern Builds

      I like that… the combo of mechanical fastener and brazing is a cool idea

    • jtbmetaldesigns

      It depends on the brazing. The aluminum brazing that needs flux should be more durable. The fluxless aluminum brazing is done with rods made with 97% zinc. Flux aluminum brazing is done with aluminum silicon 4043 or 4047

  • Switch & Lever

    The reason the angle brackets didn’t stay on with epoxy glue is because the aluminium is anodized. Pretty much all aluminium profile you buy that is brushed is clear anodized, and glue really doesn’t stick well to it. Best resort is to weld, or like you ended up doing, mechanical fitting with screws or other hardware. Neat project!

    • Modern Builds

      That’s really good to know, I appreciate it

    • Behindspace90

      Good point. In fact (to add to what you said), all aluminium exposed to air is anodized. The anodization process occurs almost instantly and automatically. It’s a type of oxidization. What we usually refer to as “anodized” aluminum is actually aluminum that is chemically stripped, then immediately dyed (purple, silver, blue, green, etc.) and then exposed to air. Only during the very last step, the actual anodizing process is occurring.

      Also: you can’t solder to anodized aluminum at all. Ask me how I know. 😀

    • Switch & Lever

      Well, aluminium oxidizes formed by air and anodizing is a bit different, as anodizing is a process (usually with electricity and acids) to create generally a much thicker layer of aluminium oxide than what would be formed by letting the aluminium oxidize in air. It’s definitely a pain in the behind to solder anodized aluminium indeed, it helps to scuff it with sand paper just before soldering or brazing, to break through the anodizing layer. You have to be quick though, as the oxide builds up quick, and heat only speeds it up.

    • MrJan9k

      But its painted Black ?

  • Shayna Lloyd

    *jumps on coffee table with huge smile on his face* “Personally, I’m careful with my furniture…”

  • The Cutting Bored

    I really dug this. Fun to see an experiment work out, and the butcher block style top is a great design.
    Maybe adding some 45° aluminum bar reinforcements on the top stretchers to the sides could help with wobble? Nice one dude.

    • Modern Builds

      I think so. So diagonal support would definitely help. If I make a dining talble, I’ll be doing that for sure

  • Sprank900

    sound tip. Lavaliers that high up on your collar, don’t sound good do they? Go to the first aid aisle, buy a roll of Transpore tape, and tape the mic to the divet in the center of your chest.

  • Nick Black

    Don’t sell yourself short. I think you should offer the videos but charge for your workplans. Time is money. If people like your ideas they can make it their own and if they are lazy they will pay you for the plans. No one should tell you not to charge for your work. Keep up the good work.

    • Jessica from Soulful Essence

      Nick Black I agree! There’s a huge amount of work that goes into them. Your videos offer great content and provide a lot if value. You can show your community some love by offering a few, select plans for free, but I we no issue at all with buying plans. Your time us valuable. 💪🏾

    • rockusbacchus

      I agree. I have purchased quite a few plans from Youtubers. I think $10 or less is a good price point for straightforward projects. You definitely need to avoid selling yourself short for your own sake as well as your fellow content creators. The longer people get things for free, the less they value them.

    • Modern Builds

      Good points everybody…Maybe free plans for Patreon members, and $5 plans for everybody else??

    • floramakes

      Modern Builds you should definitely give something “exclusive” to your patreon supporters. Maybe 1 or 2 plans if you get x amount of $, and those should only be available to those who support you over there. And then sell everything else for however much you’d like. Does that kind of make sense? Hope so 🙂

  • Atomic Lamplight

    I like that you were honest about the stability. A lot of videos I see, I have to wonder how beefy the piece actually is. This is transparent and that’s appreciated. Fun project!

  • Scoop Pralines

    I’m already on Chris Salamone’s patreon, and would happily do the same for yours brother.

  • SeanNotTheSheep

    wow! i n n o v a t i v e ! ! !

  • Eduardo Torres

    Indeed this tutorial has become one of my favorites. Great idea, excellent outcome. I think there are opportunities to do it stronger even for a bench but the idea is there and just rest going back to the drawing board and keep building more stuff around this idea. Impressive work! Congrats!

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  • Eduardo Justino

    Don’t hesitate to create the patreon page. You’ve nothing to lose. I would definitely support you. Imagine you get 10 000×1$ patreon supporters!? I’m sure a lot of people who religiously follow your work here, would’t mind to give $1 or more a month. You surely deserve it!

  • Александр ForestLamp

    Good job!

  • ManCraftingTM

    Interesting idea using wood to sure up the aluminum. I wonder if you put some 2 part epoxy in the joints between the aluminum before screwing it would have given enough additional strength. Also, with the uncertainty of how youtube is monetizing and suggesting creators, I think Patreon might be a good way for people who enjoy your videos to support you. You could use the same Patreon for two channels.

  • Lauren Mattice

    This is the baby version of the build we’re working on now.. very similar design

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