Glass Top Dining Room Table

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Project by Cubby posted 12-16-2010 02:31 PM 1971 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Laura, my wife, designed this pedestal table for our dining room. Friends gave us the wood, spalted white pine, about four years ago. The two 3 inch by six foot pieces were well seasoned to begin the project.

I used electricity only to light my shop and drill holes; hand tools did the rest. I have few metal skills, so I asked a friend to help. He used, for the grid, a piece of tank armor he obtained from the Picatinney Army Arsenal in eastern Pennsylvania where we live. The grid’s surface has several distinct imperfections which now promote conversation when seated at our dinner table. Laura chose the four sided bolts for their ‘rusticity’. To match the blackened bolts, my metal buddy found rusty washers. Per his advice, I colored them with a dark wood stain.

I cut the four pieces to length, then hand planed and chamfered the edges. I sealed the pine with blond de-waxed shellac and applied five or so coats of water based polyurethane, ending with a coat of bees wax. In the last step, I drilled the holes to hold the upper grid and four lower corner braces.

Once assembled, the unit is 29 1/2 inches high and about 25 inches square. It accepts a piece of 1/2 inch tempered glass that is 60 inches square. This arrangement leaves plenty of leg room.

Laura likes it.

-- Ron Baird, Pennsylvania, "WORK HARD, BE GOOD, HAVE FUN"

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 02:36 PM

Distinctive doesn’t even begin to sum this up Ron. What a unique design! Rugged but classy at the same time. Great mix of materials. A real beaut!

By the way, congrats on your (almost) 4 year anniversary here.

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

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 03:28 PM

Very cool. It must be massive, but I think with a shape like that you need mass to prevent tipping.

Nicely done. I love the centre metal plate and the live edges on the legs

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 06:06 PM

Way awesome table. That is all I can say.

-- Russ

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 08:23 PM

Industrial-Asian-Rustic-Chic? I know that’s a lot of hyphons, but I’m not sure how to categorize this, other than a standout dining room piece that’s sure to be a conversation-starter!

Just the center support without the glass must weigh 300+-pounds!

I’m glad you gave us the backstory of this table.

Certainly a one-of-a-kind, and a great one, at that.

-- 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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#5 posted 12-16-2010 09:33 PM


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

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#6 posted 12-17-2010 05:17 AM

very nice table and contrast

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#7 posted 12-17-2010 04:45 PM

Very good table, I like the massive pine look of that base. It really fits in with the rest of the house you built.
Is the mantle on the rock fireplace pine also? Having the better half helping on the design edge is definitely
a plus, nothing like having the family help making a house a home.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 12-17-2010 10:04 PM


A funny story about that mantle:

Twelve years ago when I built my home, the stonemason, Augustine Sebastionelli, was ready to mount it and asked me where it was. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring it on site.

Some time before, a friend gave me permission to take a log from the loft of his 150 year old barn. We rushed to the farm, dropped a log from the loft, hauled it home and cut it to length. Augie mounted it immediately. It remains there, in the original condition unfinished. The species is oak.

Thanks for the kind comments.

-- Ron Baird, Pennsylvania, "WORK HARD, BE GOOD, HAVE FUN"

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