Arabica Nebula

To make the legs for this table, I rolled 24" steel mesh into tubes -- welding two tubes together for each. I flared out the ends of each section to create a star detail in the middle and at the ends. This is a delicate piece, so I was concerned about its ability to hold the weight of the glass. To test its strength, I placed three pieces of plywood on top of it and then applied additional downward pressure. The table withstood this test. However, when I placed 1/4" glass on it, the gravitation force from the glass was too great and one of the welds where I joined the two tubes failed. I put the table aside until a year later when I decided to add the small bars to strengthen the legs. This time it worked. This coffee (Arabica in Latin) table looks like a star. A nebula is a star that collapsed due to gravity.

Dimensions: 46" square x 20" high

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