Step 5: Solder the Corners

Solder the corners to make a zinc table top
Photo: James Worrell
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When the soldering gun is hot enough, hold it in your dominant hand and pick up the coil of lead-free solder with your other hand. Place the straight tip of the coil on the rough zinc edge at one corner and touch the tip of the gun to the coil to join the metals. For a smooth and uniform joint, hold for 3 to 4 seconds, then remove the coil before removing the tip of the gun. Repeat on each corner of the table. Use a metal file to even out the corners.
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    Tools List

    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • Aviation Snips
      Tin snips
    • adjustable clamp
      Quick-grip clamps
    • demolition chisel
      Flat 12-inch chisel
    • dead-blow hammer
      Deadblow hammer and clean cloth or rag
    • Soldering gun
    • flat file
      Metal file

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch birch plywood cut to the size of the table you want

    Thin sheet of zinc (0.02 inch thick is best) cut 2 inches wider and longer than the plywood

    Construction adhesive

    Coil of lead-free solder