Metal Vase Coffee Table

Metal Vase Coffee Table

This project makes a coffee table out of acrylic and metal vases.


5 col

Difficulty: Medium

Materials
30” x 40” x ¾” Acrylic sheet
(4) Metal cylinder vases – 4” diameter x 10” height
Spray paint for metal – color of your choice
(4) 1½” x 3/16” Flathead bolts with nuts
(4) ¾” Round magnets
Drill with 5/16” metal drill bit and ½” counter sink bit
Phillips head screwdriver
Painters tape
Speed square
Marker pen

Instructions

PREPARING THE ACRYLIC:

1. Stick four strips of painters tape in a line along each side of the acrylic. The painters tape will protect the acrylic when it comes time to drill holes through it (See image below)

2. Using a speed square, measure 6” in from the edge of acrylic over the painters tape. Mark with a pen (See image below)

3. Measure 6” in from the adjacent side of the corner and mark with a pen where the two points cross at the 6” mark. Using a drill with a 5/16” bit, drill a hole through the acrylic. Repeat for each corner (See image below)

4. Once all the holes are drilled, widen the top of each hole using a drill with a countersink bit. This will allow the head of the bolt to sit flush with the top of the acrylic. Test a bolt in each hole to check the depth is good (See images below)

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5. Peel off all the painters tape and discard

PREPARING THE VASE LEGS:

6. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the four metal vases the color of your choice. Allow the paint to dry for 2 to 3 hours before moving on to the next step

7. Use a speed square to locate the center of the base of each vase. This will be 2” in from the edge. Mark with a pen (See image below)

8. Using a drill with a 5/16” metal drill bit, drill a hole through the center of each vase base (See images below)

ATTACHING THE VASE LEGS TO THE ACRYLIC:

9. Pass a 1½” x 3/16” flathead bolt through the acrylic so the bolt head rests inside the countersink hole from Step 4. Next slide the vase onto the bolt. Reach up inside the vase with a nut and tighten it to the bolt. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to tighten the bolt while you hold the nut

10. Repeat Step 9 for attaching each leg

11. Once all the legs are attached, place a small round decorative magnet over each bolt head to hide it (See image below)

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