Wood and Steel Bureau

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Project by dan mosheim posted 01-24-2011 04:32 AM 2424 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

we’re doing the wood and steel thing again … this time it’s a double bureau with fantastic cherry from irion lumber and steel legs by my son Sam... we’ve made a series of these pieces combining wood and steel and the possibilities are pretty much endless … so many ideas, so little time … the last photo in the series above is of a walnut table with steel legs we made for a show in may. There are more and bigger pictures and more process explanations regarding the bureau project on my dorset custom furniture blog...
I also added a recent discussion post on the yes/no of mdf in fine furniture … if you have something to say on that, i’m open to hearing it … we’ve done a few projects with it lately and the possibilities for its use seem to be expanding….i realize this is a slippery slope … the post is here .... add your comments on the post above that one ... for instance ‘The Shakers would have loved/hated/iinvented it if they could have MDF ’... all for now … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 04:46 AM

Interesting combination, it grows on you.What metal and what treatment or finish on the metal?

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 05:08 AM

Dan I like this look. Sort of an industrial shaker theme.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 05:54 AM

Very cool, nice figure.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 06:33 AM

This is outstanding !
I love the projects that’s done with the combination of two materials like wood and steel, copper, glass etc.
This inspires me go on and try new ideals.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 06:42 AM

Another really cool piece, very well done. BTW great photos.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 12:27 PM

That is most enjoyable to look at.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 05:20 PM

nice piece of furniture
what was the reason for the design change?
your drawing shows the “legs” tapered in the opposite direction—the question is more a curiosity than anything else

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 05:27 PM

Love it! Fine drawer slides too.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 01-24-2011 05:59 PM

great design
I like it
I never would have thought of steel and wood

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#10 posted 01-24-2011 07:18 PM

When I looked at It I had no Idea It was metal & wood. It makes me think of large beams with metal plates you see like a pole barn. I like the balance bolts for the pulls to match the leg bolts. simple & clean good wood choice. I like It. thanks!

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#11 posted 01-25-2011 12:37 AM

Very cool!! I love the use of the metal and that cherry is fantastic!!!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 01-25-2011 01:40 AM

Always extremely beautiful work. This is outstanding!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 01-25-2011 04:33 AM

what is the weight of the finished piece? are the legs solid?

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

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#14 posted 01-25-2011 05:12 AM

hello everyone .. thnanks for your comments … i’‘ll try to answer all your questions …

the angle iron was dynabraded (rotary air sander) with 80 grit and 120 grit.
next it was treated with a chemical called ‘ready brown’ from Sur-Fin Chemical Company that works on brass and steel to quickly darken it to a brown black color. after treatment it was neutralized with a solution of baking soda and water, sanded again to add highlights, and top coated with ben moore ‘high gloss, low lustre’ metal finish … sounds complicated, but isn’t …

love the term ‘industrial shaker’

the design change i wrote about in my blog post .. when we were discussing attaching the legs, changing the direction of the taper just seemed to be ‘better’ to everyone in the shop … more attached to the ground or something …

the legs started as 3/16th by 2.5” angle iron, and two people can’t really pick it up easily without removing the drawers … i’m guessing 250-300 total weight … it is NOT light.

thank you all for your comments … the cherry is indeed fantastic ….


-- dan,vermont,

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#15 posted 01-25-2011 05:19 AM

the metal finish is really nice in person … here’s a close up

i’ll put it on my blog … it’s too small here

-- dan,vermont,

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