Stone topped end table

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Project by Len posted 04-19-2007 06:50 PM 3895 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son found a piece of stone that had a sailing ship carved into its surface. My wife loved it, and immediately declared that I could make an end table out of it. OK, I thought, that’s pretty simple… then, she announced it needed to have drawers. (Our home at the time had precious little closet space.) So, what seemed like a pretty straightforward table with legs, became more like a “mini dresser”—a bit more of a challenge.

-- Len Rogers

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#1 posted 04-19-2007 07:32 PM

Don’t ya just hate it when those 2 hour honey-do projects turn into 6 hour honey-do projects, and it seems they always do. But as in this case, it looks like the end result was well worth it! Looks great and funtional too! Keep the chips flyin’!!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 04-19-2007 08:04 PM

what would you do without us?? We challenge you to meet your full potential !!

I bet your wife is VERY pleased and your son must be proud of his find.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 04-19-2007 08:30 PM

My guess is it took a little longer than 6 hours. Good job.

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#4 posted 04-19-2007 11:22 PM

Very nice work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 04-19-2007 11:27 PM

Nice job!! Where would we be without our wives!!!

-- Barry, Pennsylvania,

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#6 posted 04-20-2007 01:27 AM

very cool…what does the writing say on the end of the stone?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 04-20-2007 02:57 AM

Did you make the table(hiding under your workbench) and the chair in the back ground, too? That’s a very nice use of a nice piece of stone. Great job!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 04-20-2007 03:06 AM

six hours for the initial sketches, you mean?


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 04-20-2007 04:03 AM

Beautiful piece and great craftsmanship Len. Sure would like a better shot of the etching on that stone. It looks great too. (we’re gonna have to put you on the stop watch though Len… less then one day? hmmmm ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 04-20-2007 07:21 AM

This a wonderul end table. Len, is this one of maple?

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 04-20-2007 01:23 PM

Nice work, and that top is beautiful. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 04-20-2007 03:25 PM

Reply to all: The top says, “Grand Banks Fisherman, the Isaiah L. Jefferson”, in block letters, just below an architectural sketch of the 2 masted sailing vessel. It’s some kind of black stone material, and the sketches are engraved, with some white fill remaining. The material is maple, the drawer runners are dovetail slides, red oak. Re: time. A few weeks of discussion with my (designer) wife, a few weeks of angst, a few weekends in execution. The table alongside is an antique I bought years ago; it had to be moved to the basement to make room for other things I made. The chair in the background was a yard sale “find”; the table behind, with the water jugs on it, I made out of an old door that was being discarded at a construction site.
Glad you like it!

-- Len Rogers

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#13 posted 04-20-2007 03:44 PM

the stone looks like it is from a plaque at a marina or something..

the expanding table in the 3rd picture looks “exactly” like one I have in my dining room!. (Although I think I have more dust on the fancy legs and crossbars).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 05-11-2007 04:46 AM

Very nice, Great idea. Is this your own design?

-- When your wife says your hobby is expensive, remind her that it's still cheaper than divorce. That should shut her up....for a while.

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#15 posted 05-11-2007 06:34 AM

Great looking table. My wife always has at least one project ahead of me. She stated that nothing gets done until she gets her kitchen.

Tonight she asked for a hall table. So what to do, What to do? (The kitchen is not started yet.)

Thorsen Greene and Greene tables rule so far.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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