"Floating" Redwood side table

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Project by Rapola posted 11-05-2016 11:30 PM 1826 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a chunk of figured redwood left-over from an earlier project, about a year ago I squared and faced two sides using my router jig, finished them (wipe on poly) and sat about thinking how to best turn it into a usable table.

The easy route would have been to surface the bottom flat and/or use 4 legs. I challenged myself to see if I could retain all of the character on the bottom and make the appearance of a floating table.

Base is made out of 11 gauge (0.125” wall) 1.25” square tube stock. It took me a year of fabricating easier stuff to work up the courage to attempt this. I had to essentially build the base upside down, using a jig to ensure it would be square and level.

Some fiddly things left to do on the finish, I used “Black Magic” patina on the raw steel to darken things up a bit, may apply one more coat followed by a good waxing.

Overall I am happy, have a bit more fabricating experience under my belt, and a unique piece for the house.

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#1 posted 11-06-2016 12:51 AM

man that is unique,definitly not cookie cutter.i love the contrast of the finished sides and unfinished sides.this rocks my friend,an a+ need to post more buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 11-06-2016 12:55 AM

Great look. I love that you used the handsaw to do it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 11-06-2016 01:55 AM

WOW!!! That is NICE>
Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 11-06-2016 03:04 AM

Thank you for the positive feedback; for folks interested, I have a bit more detailed overview of the build at imgur

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#5 posted 11-06-2016 10:51 AM

I really love it. Would you consider sending the base out to be power coated? If you don’t still looks cool.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 11-06-2016 02:06 PM

Nice table but the hand saw stole the show. Nice rich red color.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 11-06-2016 02:53 PM

looks great

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#8 posted 11-06-2016 03:42 PM

how has this NOT been made a daily 3 yet???

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#9 posted 11-06-2016 04:01 PM

Awesome job. The wood looks realy nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-07-2016 10:46 AM

Very nice, a true find in a piece of wood.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 11-12-2016 01:31 PM

I am excited (to admire)..........

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#12 posted 11-23-2016 01:38 AM

wow, great idea – love the combination of wood/metal, adds to the piece.

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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