Today on Modern Builds I’m making a matching DIY metal & wood dining table set. The two benches store directly underneath the table top for convenient storage. A little Woodworking, a little Metalworking…. something for everybody.
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Metal and wood is a classic combo, and everybody loves a good dining set with benches to go along with it. I recently visited the local joshua tree steel yard to find 1/4″ hot rolled steel in varying sizes.
I started sketching and came up with this industrial set with square frame legs. The table used 4″ wide steel and the benches use 3″ wide steel. I glued up 2×4’s for the table and bench tops and made a recess to that the steel sits flush with the wood on the top and sides.
My welds aren’t beautiful, so I had to grind them down. After grinding them, I liked the contrast between the rough ground steel and the dark, untouched metal. I decided not to sand them or polish them further to maintain the industrial look.