Russet End Table

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Project by Remi posted 03-22-2010 10:54 PM 2014 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wood is hard maple, the metal is aluminum. The piece is constructed by using internal dowels to align the wood slats and aluminum pieces, and a series of internal tension rods fastening to blind nut inserts inside of the front strips to keep everything together.

The Finish is, Russet Amber water aniline dye and several coats of clear varnish.

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 11:14 PM

Different is nice : ) Good job and a nice finish !

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 11:34 PM

cool design


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#3 posted 03-23-2010 12:17 AM

wow…reallly excellent design…anodizing the aluminum could be done as well…different colors…etc…well, yes, it is beautiful as it is.

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 12:20 AM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 12:38 AM

Very cool!

I know some people prefer all wood, but I really like this combination, along with the design itself. I think the wood and aluminum compliment each other nicely. I like how the chamfered edge leads down to the aluminum.

Well done!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 03-23-2010 12:42 AM

Wow, thank you everyone for the great comments.

I have included one more photo of the same design but in natural maple finish.

Also, any constructive criticism is welcome :)

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 12:44 AM

It’s funny that you posted one in natural maple, as I was just thinking someone could modify the design to use maple in place of the aluminum if they wanted to use all wood (other than maybe hardware), to gain a similar contrasting element.

Also, welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 12:44 AM

Nice work.

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 01:33 AM

Very unique design. Great job.

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#10 posted 03-23-2010 02:30 AM

Very nice table and a creative use of wood and metal… So many remotes !

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#11 posted 03-23-2010 09:24 AM

very nice!!!

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#12 posted 03-24-2010 12:55 AM

Nice job. Very unique. Any chance you took pictures in process? I’d really like to look at the joinery. (Which by the way, you hid expertly)

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#13 posted 03-24-2010 05:02 PM

This is an awesome table. I too would love to see the process. I think that the anodization idea is wonderful. I am one who loves the look of clean design.

-- Anna-Catherine

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#14 posted 03-24-2010 05:50 PM

Thank you again.

Unfortunately I did not take in process photos, but I will next time I build one of these.

It’s basically a lot of quality time spent with the drill press.
Each aluminum piece is drilled with 1/4” holes for alignment dowels and 3/8” holes for tension rods.
All of the wood pieces have 1/4” holes for dowels, the dowels go in one piece of wood, through the metal strip and into the next piece of wood (no glue).
The front 3 pieces of wood get 3/8” holes that receive a threaded nut insert.
The remainder of the wood pieces get 3/8” holes all the way through each piece and aligned with the front not insert.
When everything is finished, I cut 1/4” threaded rod the depth of the table, then the threaded rod gets inserted through the back, through all of the wood pieces and metal strips and gets threaded into the nut inserts, then a cap screw is inserted on the back of the threaded rod and everything gets tightened up

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