Steel and sycamore dinning table

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Project by donaldmee posted 01-18-2012 03:56 AM 3591 views 20 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I just moved into our house about a month ago and all we had to eat dinner off of was a tiny table we had in our apt. so I decided to build us something new. I got this slab of sycamore from another lumberjock just over a year ago. It has been drying in my shop ever since. Our apt. was way to small for something this large so I had to wait. The base is fabricated out of mild steel, I actually had the design in my sketch book for quite some time now. The top is a single slab of sycamore. One end of the slab was a bit to narrow so I had to come up with a way to gain some width. Since the base is simple with clean line I decided to try out something new. I first cut the slab down the middle, then routed out a 1/2 inch shoulder for the steel down the middle to sit on. I got the width I needed and got a great look with the steel inlay. Over all the table is 8’ long and about 40” wide at the narrow end. The finish is tung oil on the wood and a black rubbed finish on the steel. Thanks for looking!

-- donald mee

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 04:08 AM

Wow that looks great. I have been waiting to see an example of sycamore and you have definitely provided one. Gorgeous!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 04:18 AM

I love the live edge and the mix of the wood and steel. Geat looking table.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 04:21 AM

Weld Done. I like the mix of wood and metal.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 05:16 AM

Thanks for posting this, Donald! I’ve been waiting to see this table. You did a very nice job!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 05:17 AM

cool table very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 05:21 AM

Perfect! An outstanding design that highlights the materials. Heirloom quality. How’s it finished?

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 06:24 AM

Great Table! Love the steel accent.

-- 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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#8 posted 01-18-2012 07:01 AM

Great table top with two colors.

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#9 posted 01-18-2012 07:13 AM

I like it – simple and rustic – but still have an elegance to it. I like the combination of materials. Great contrast …

Thanks for sharing!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#10 posted 01-18-2012 07:23 AM

You have a great ideah there ,folks would pay the bigs bucks for that,sweet,nice piece,keep up the creativity

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#11 posted 01-18-2012 07:27 AM

Very chic and well thought out. Great example of design and ideas coming together in wonderful execution. – Rich

-- - Rich

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#12 posted 01-18-2012 09:01 AM

Very nice! I’m in need of a new table myself. My old apartment table just isn’t hacking it anymore. Working at a welding/machine shop and after seeing this, I’m beginning to get some ideas!

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#13 posted 01-18-2012 10:10 AM

really really awesome table. I love combining wood/metal. I can’t wait to try that out some day! You did a fantastic job on the design, and even better on the build!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#14 posted 01-18-2012 11:20 AM

Great job, mixing metal with wood works as a great highlight. I like the basa and it simplicity. I built an entertainment center a while back and left the Natural edge on Love it! Brings projects to another level in my opinion. Great job!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 01-18-2012 03:56 PM

Very nice! Should last for millenniums. Looks like you’ve got some metalworking skills as well. That comes in handy, doesn’t it?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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