by Eric Stern of Philadelphia, PA
Eric is the IT Director for MEDCO Tool, a tool and equipment wholesale distributor. He wanted a conference table for his office so members of his team would have a place to meet. He was offered a spare particleboard table, but had something else in mind that was more appropriate for a tool distributor.
Using his Lincoln Electric SP-135T wire feeder welder (current model is SP-140T), Eric started by welding old wrenches together into a ring roughly the size of the finished table diameter (42 inches). He then took apart an old engine block and extracted the crank shaft and pistons; the crank shaft became the center column and the pistons serve as supports for the glass top. The legs are three large striking wrenches and the wheels make the table portable.
Approximately 100 different wrenches of varying sizes and shapes were used. For fun, Eric tried to position the wrenches with the writing facing up so you could see all the different manufacturers' names.
Eric used a combination of steel angle stock, shims, bottle jacks, and levels to get everything just right before welding together the final sections. He sprayed the metal parts with multiple coats of clear coat to keep them protected and shiny and topped off the table with a piece of clear glass. The table is perfectly level and weighs roughly 150 pounds without the glass top. The table gets a lot of attention and is a huge distraction during meetings!
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