Mesa Rustica (Rustic Table)

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Project by FlyingMLB posted 11-04-2010 05:02 AM 1874 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in 2005 we purchased a home outside of Cuenca, Ecuador. We had very little furniture and really weren’t ready to buy any. So, with only a handsaw and a screwdriver I built us a rustic table to set on the front porch so we could enjoy the sunsets and tea, coffee …etc. at the same time. I bought a small wood rasp (lima in Spanish) and some sandpaper which helped spruce it up a little. I had a wood burning set with me so I burned Mayan Glyphs in the top even though the Ecuador indigenous were Inca.

I have no idea what kind of wood it is. They were just old boards that were on the property and you use what is available. I do know that it is very heavy and very hard wood. It’s a simple design but has given us much enjoyment. Everyone who comes by asks about the designs. Definitely a “One of a Kind” and destined to be a family heirloom.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 05:11 AM

Definitly a piece to be treasured. Objects that have an emotional involvement are so much more precious.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 05:56 AM

I really love it.

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 06:05 AM

A new life to old boards. I LIKE IT !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 06:10 AM

I’ve never seen a table like that, unique

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 06:43 AM

Your joints need a little work, your lines could be straighter, and some stain wouldn’t hurt. lol Just kidding. I love this piece and the story behind it. It really seems like it would look more natural there. Thanks for sharing!

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 04:22 PM

What a cool little table! I love rustic- and this table is a creative use of old boards. I just showed this to my hippy chick oldest daughter and you got oohhhhhhhhhh and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh for the Mayan glyphs burned into the top. Guess what just got added to my “honey do” list?

-- 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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#7 posted 11-04-2010 04:28 PM

I think that table turned out nice. It’s very quaint looking.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 11-05-2010 01:02 AM

Very neat table and with just a few hand tools!! Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 11-05-2010 04:20 PM

Great project. Love the rustic look and the glyphs are a great touch.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 11-05-2010 07:05 PM

Love it.
Simple and unique.
Very cool!

-- ~Julie~

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