This simple alder end table, made up of a 22-inch diameter top and bottom wood rings, has an unusual middle: 12 vertical metal bars. We began by constructing the round top and adding a small routed detail to the top and bottom edges to add sparkle to an otherwise simple top.

Next step was to glue-up and lay out two 18-inch rings – for top and bottom – which would sandwich the metal bars. We cut, mitered, biscuited, and glued the upper and lower ring pairs together. Then, using a compass, we drew the inside, outside and center of the ring.

Using a straightedge and a square to make a mark every 90-degrees along the center of the ring, we divided each 90-degree section twice more to get 12, 30-degrees sections.

We drilled a 1/2-inch deep, 1-inch wide hole at these points in both the wooden rings. We also added a small chamfer to the inside edges of the ring, and an ogee detail on the outer edge.

We turned next to the 12 metal bars, purchasing raw cold rolled steel tube stock, meaning it still had an oily film and other grit all over. We cleaned and sandblasted them to allow the metal primer to adhere even better.

After an oil based prime-cured overnight, we applied faux-finish painted detail to the wooden rings and the metal bars.

The metal bars would be locked in place using a star nut and a bolt at each end. Find a step by step slide show of this project at

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