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Old April 6th, 2015, 10:45 AM
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Defender Fender Side Table Project

As promised, here's a brief write-up and pictures of my end table project.


Supplies
Defender Fender (purchased off of Craigslist)
Wing top vent (provided by Jason @nathanwind)
Klean-strip Aircraft Paint Remover
Rubber gloves
Chemical resistant paint brush
Plastic paint scraper
Drop Cloth
Dremel w/ metal cutting bit
Drill w/ drill bits
Steel wool (00 and 000)
Simple Green
An assortment of black pipe and flanges

Process
Strip the paint. Don’t bother with paint strippers from Lowes/Home Depot, go straight for the professional grade stuff. I went with Klean-strip Aircraft Paint Remover from Pepboys. After leaving it sit for 15-20 minutes, the paint flaked off. There were a few areas that required a 2nd coat or a little elbow grease with the paint scraper, but it was much easier than I thought. I was left with matte gray aluminum. I then took 00 Steel wool and used Simple Green as a cleaner/lubricant, making sure to go in a linear direction. Once I could see the shiny aluminum come through, I went over everything with 00 again, but with less pressure, and then followed that up with 000. Once the Aluminum was nice and shiny, I cut the fender to size and then made a base with ½” black pipe and flanges that I purchased from Home Depot.
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Old April 6th, 2015, 11:36 AM
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Man, if married, I love your wife. Next I can see using right and left wings as armrest for bench seating love chair!
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Old April 6th, 2015, 12:02 PM
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Came out good Alex! Glad the vent came in handy. How stable is it with the 3-legs (assuming there is just 1 in the rear)?
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Old April 6th, 2015, 12:18 PM
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Man, if married, I love your wife. Next I can see using right and left wings as armrest for bench seating love chair!
I think they call the Land Rover Sofa a Range Rover.
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Old April 6th, 2015, 12:24 PM
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I really like it. THanks for sharing
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Are you putting lights in it?
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Old April 6th, 2015, 02:22 PM
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Man, if married, I love your wife. Next I can see using right and left wings as armrest for bench seating love chair!
I’m not married, but I receive a lot of ‘input’ when it comes to the decor.

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Came out good Alex! Glad the vent came in handy. How stable is it with the 3-legs (assuming there is just 1 in the rear)?
Yes, it's a tri-pod. I used flanges (see picture attached) as the feet, which made it really sturdy. I wouldn’t stand on it, but it’ll definitely support a few glasses / magazines without a problem. Thanks again for the vent.

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Are you putting lights in it?
My plan was to get a Headlamp Finisher (to cover up the huge hole someone drilled under the light) and at least add the running lights, but the look without the lights is starting to grow on me. Thoughts?
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Old April 6th, 2015, 02:57 PM
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At work he uses this.
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Old April 6th, 2015, 09:25 PM
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Well...you always have a spare if needed.....nice job.
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