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Project by Nate Noe posted 01-25-2008 09:21 PM 2400 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this table based on a coffee table I built before in which the material that is placed in the center is interchangeable. 1/8”x1” Aluminum displays the centerpiece and adds a lot of rigidity. The spline is not aluminum, I just capped the end as a highlight.
There is just one base coat of thinned tung oil on it right now. I’m thinking about using waterlox for the finish. Has anybody used waterlox on a table or counter before?
I originally wanted to place concrete in the center but that idea is giving me problems, so now I’m looking for interesting glass or acrylic. But nice acrylic is expensive so maybe I’ll use crackle glass or just a simple piece of frosted glass. If any one knows of a any really unique glass I’m open to suggestions.

-- Nate, denver CO

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#1 posted 01-25-2008 09:25 PM

Pretty nice. Not sure what I’d use.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-25-2008 10:54 PM

Nice job Nate. Your use of aluminum in the projects that you have posted really adds a unique touch to the pieces.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-25-2008 11:43 PM

Waterlox is OK for the finish, the good thing is its ease of repair after some wear. As far as the top goes, you might be able to find some glass tile, and set in some metal so it shows through the tile.

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#4 posted 01-25-2008 11:48 PM

Nice lines. The aluminum makes for nice highlights.

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#5 posted 01-26-2008 12:03 AM

Very nice table. Black ceramic tile would look cool.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 01-26-2008 02:53 AM

Try a salvage yard, get an older stained-glass window if you could; or old window/mirror. It’d prolly be cheaper than new.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#7 posted 01-26-2008 10:26 AM

I just picked up a really nice peice of glass tonight
It’s a 1/2” annealed glass with the top and bottom edges bevelled 3/16” it would look really nice in your table
Nice looking table

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#8 posted 01-27-2008 01:40 AM

Hi Nate, I love your design sensibility. I just finished looking through all your projects and I am totally blown away. each one is unique. I like your use of aluminum and other materials. What about using a resin panel imbedded with beach grass or something similar. Knoll Imago is a product that comes in sheet/panel form and sandwiches or impregnates a material like beach grass or transparent fabrics in a resin. There are several other companies out there that do the same thing. Judging from your design aesthetic what ever you decide to use will look great.

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#9 posted 01-27-2008 07:06 AM

The waterlox High Gloss has a large percentage of solids an would probably wear well for a table top…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 08:25 PM

bfd, Thanks. Those reed and grass panels are exactly what I was thinking also, they look great and I’ve been looking for them but it seems I can only buy them as 4’x8’ panels which are at least $1,500. I was bummed to find how expensive they are because they have some amazing textures and designs, but I can’t justify spending that much.

-- Nate, denver CO

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#11 posted 08-07-2008 01:24 AM

Hi Nate,

I thought of your project as I flipped through the new issue of FWW. There was a section talking about using plastic resin panels. 3-form sells off cuts of partial sheets. Check it out you might be able to find something cool that will work for this or some future cool project that you build. prices were around $100 for a 2’x4’ piece..check it out.

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#12 posted 12-09-2008 10:26 PM

well I just noticed the post date maybe you can use the advise somewhere else

-- Wood,clay,metal, and stone are all just materials, until an artist's hand touches them.--TreeFormDesign

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