I am trying to get an industrial look to a desk unit that has threaded rods (M20) at the corners, using steel cables. I want to get an 'X' using the cables, but not sure how to attach the cable end to steel rod. The picture below is a mock setup of what I'm trying to do.
I'm wondering what I can use in place of the eye hook shown in the image. I've thought about pipe clamps, u-clamps etc, but they wont have an eyelet to thread the cable. The other option then is to drill the eye hook onto the wood itself, but I'm trying to avoid that, and use only the steel rods as originating points for the cable. The entire setup is for an aesthetic value.