After a long Tuesday afternoon of cutting out the top of my table for class by hand, Kevin suggested I use a [plasma cutter](http://store.cyberweld.com/plasmacutters.html) to roughly cut out the legs, then grind off the excess. It has been about a year since I took my welding class and used the plasma cutter, but I remember how much I loved it. There’s just something exciting about using an electrical charge, gas and compressed air to cut through a thick sheet of steel. Oh, the power! Anyway, the cutter I used at OTC last year had a thicker tip so I was really excited to use a smaller tip a be able to cut more precisely this time. The results were a bit messy and I have some clean up to do, but I cut out four legs in far less time than it took me to cut the table top. Next up: grinding off the excess and shaping the legs. I think I’ll do that next week as I have a planter to make and it should be easy to assemble and solder that at home.
I’m beginning to like my table model and would love to make it life-size someday. I just don’t even want to think how heavy the thing would be! I’ve designed it to be 7 ft. x 4 ft solid steel. Guess I’d have to reinforce the floors.