|Project by Cubby||posted 12-16-2010 02:31 PM||1683 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
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, WINDGAP375@aol.com "WORK HARD, BE GOOD, HAVE FUN"