What are some DIY steel projects you can do at home?
- Steel tables
- Clothes rack
- Pen holder
Do you have an old set of unused steel products? Throwing them away might be the first thing on your mind — but have you ever considered repurposing them? As one of the most versatile materials on the planet, there are tons of DIY steel projects you can do at home. What better way to maximize your old Regan Steel steel materials and transform them into something that’s both functional and decorative?
When it comes to steel repurposing, it’s all up to you to create a new project that’s perfect for everyday use. But if you don’t know where to begin, then try to think of something simpler like tables, clothing racks, garden trellis, or even something as small as a pen holder. Check them out!
At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything that can come out of all your old scrap metal. You certainly don’t want to come up with a disjointed project that doesn’t really make full use of your materials. At the same time, you don’t just want to leave them lying unused.
As one of the most popular DIY projects that can be done by anyone with the right set of tools and materials, a steel table is one of the best projects to work on. If you have some old steel sections, steel sheets, plates, pipes, flats, or even steel furrings, then you’re already halfway there.
The design of your steel table can depend on which type of table that you want. You could go with a barebones design that features a top, stretchers, and legs. Or you could also change it up by adding traditional elements such as aprons, skirts, table feet, or a drop leaf.
For this project, you’ll need a welding machine, fittings, nails, hammers, punching tools. screwdriver, hacksaw, and the right protective equipment. Here’s how:
- Start off by developing your table design of choice.
- Measure your steel materials according to size. Use an electric circular saw to achieve this. If you don’t have one, a hacksaw will do.
- Assemble all the components together with the aid of your welding machine. Punch any holes to attach different parts, like the legs, stretches, and the tabletop.
- Apply finishing touches, making sure that the resulting steel table is sturdy and can support different weights.
Aside from tables, you can also transform your used steel products into a clothes rack. This is a low-cost and storage-saving option compared to your usual cabinet. You can even add specialty components like wheels if you want to have a mobile clothing rack.
For this project, it’s likely that you’re going to be working with small steel sections and pipes that have small diameters. You can go for a basic, three-part design, a wall-mounted clothing rack, or a ceiling-suspended rack that’s ideal for small spaces.
As always, you want to make sure that you’re wearing the right protective equipment. This is to avoid any minor accidents that may cause during cutting, sawing, punching, or joining two steel components together. Read on to learn more.
- After cleaning your old steel pipes, join them together in an open-rectangular shape using screws. Take note that for this part, you’ll need small elbow or T-joint pipe fittings — about 0.5 inches in size — to combine the components together.
- Next, cut your 0.5 inch-diameter pipes in order to form the base. Set them on the ground to make sure that they’re stable before screwing them together.
If you’re a plantito or a plantita and you have a variety of climbing plants that you’re taking care of, you might want to take this opportunity to come up with a durable garden trellis of your own.
Unlike the other projects mentioned on this list, you’ll only need a few materials, namely reinforcing steel bars, wood panels, and a welding machine. In structural applications, welding multiple pieces of rebars together isn’t really ideal. If you’re unsure about how to attach them, you could also tie them together as follows:
- Lay out all your repairs in order to form a grid-like network that will serve as your trellis.
- Attach the rebars by tying them together or welding them, if you have the right equipment. Check to see if there are any markings on it — a rebar with an ASTM A 706 marking is usually weldable. However, if you’re not sure, you may contact your steel supplier for any available weldable-grade rebars.
- Attach the wooden panels to your chosen location. Make sure that there’s a top and bottom end that are jutting out from the rest of the surface.
- Attack your trellis framework to the paneling, ensuring that it’s positioned at a distance from the wall to give room for your plants to crawl.
To create your own steel pen holder, you’ll need the following materials:
- Any steel pipe with a workable diameter to fit pens, pencils, and other writing tools
- Steel plates of flats. Checkered plates may also be used but the patterned surface may make welding the pipes to it much more difficult.
- Cutting machine
- Welding machine
For this project, you’ll want to cut your pipes to a small pen holder size. After, you need to position and arrange your pipes according to the design that you want. You may join them or space them apart — it’s entirely up to you.
Next, you’ll need to weld the ends of the pipes to your steel plate. The latter should be thick and wide enough to house multiple pipes at any given time. Allow the finished object to cool completely. If necessary, sand off any weld splatter that you may spot.
In this list, we’ve rounded up some of the most useful DIY steel projects you can do at home. There’s definitely nothing like a customized clothing rack, table, garden trellis, or a pen holder made out of a durable and long-lasting material such as steel. You also have the freedom to make custom-built designs that are far more complex in design.
Ready to start your own steel project? Regan Steel’s products are just what you’ll need. To learn more about our different products and services, you may click here! You can also get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to help you out on your custom steel projects.