Small Side Table

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Project by Grumpy posted 10-12-2010 03:42 AM 2639 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever been frustrated because you had nowhere to put down your glass or cup & the coffee table was at the other end of the lounge.
Well I solved our problem with two small side tables (if you call them that). Two were made, one at either end of the lounges.
Made from kwila, a tropical hardwood used extensively for ouitdoor furniture but I find it very suitable for small projects as well.
Finished with 6 coats of wipe on poly (buffed between each coat).
The supports are 16mm polished stainless steel.
The two tables cost me $50 (the price of the steel & I still have some left over). Much better than the $200-$300 price tag in the shops.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 03:45 AM

this was a heck of a good idea. I know what you are talking about. Keep the pojects comming

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 03:46 AM

Certainly a good idea.

I have to admit though, the first thing I thought of, before reading the description and just seeing the main photo was, boy that thing sure looks like it would tip over easily!

However, seeing your placement and use of these little handy tables now makes sense and I guess you don’t have to worry about them tipping over either, unless you have dogs like we do… these things would water the dogs, not us!

Great solution to your dilemma!

They take up virtually no space, either while being used nor while possibly sitting over in the corner, or wherever you might keep them.

-- 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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#3 posted 10-12-2010 04:41 AM

Cool idea Tony. Nice job. I was at a junk yard and picked up some 3’ 1/2” stainless rods. I paid a couple of bucks apeace for them. I guess I should have bought more.

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

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 10:45 AM

Thanks wgm.
Jonathan, your observation would normally be correct except the bottom foot is a tight fit under the lounge. This adds stability that might otherwise be a problem.
Karson, keep that stainless mate. Thats a great bargain.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 01:13 PM

Just big enough to hold a beer. Cool contemporary table. When I read your comment about these being in the stores I had to look at your bio- I knew you weren’t in America. These little tables are very European looking. Here in America I think we would just go and get some more big fat end tables to solve the problem of where to put the glass. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 10-12-2010 04:06 PM

Very clever, Grumpy!

And nicely built, as well.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 10-12-2010 04:14 PM

I like it. Combining metal with wood is an artistic touch.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 10-12-2010 05:25 PM

Very innovative. Nice combination of materials.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#9 posted 10-12-2010 11:45 PM

nice work Grump-ster !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 10-13-2010 03:11 AM

Nice job, Grumpy. Don’t you just love it that you can make something to meet your need?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 10-13-2010 04:40 AM

Thanks for looking Jocks

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 10-18-2010 11:49 PM

Interesting Grumpy, I like the metal and wood combo.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#13 posted 10-19-2010 12:33 AM

Thanks Timbo

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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