Bedside/End table for my daughter

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Project by Tokolosi posted 01-18-2012 10:09 PM 1542 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So Im casually driving along the freeway the other day when I spot a small three drawer desk that had obviously fell off someones truck. Because it wasnt disintegrated I stopped thinking it may be solid wood. It was oak. I tossed it in the back of my vehicle and took it home. I broke it down and milled it to usable pieces. Not much wood but enough for something fun.

But what? Then I remembered my daughter was in dire need of a bedside table. But I wanted it to be multi-purpose so if she ever moves out she could take it with her. So the bedside/end-table was born. The top is 16”x16 and it stands 23 inches high. All joints are doweled. The top is inlayed with 3/8” thick black limestone tiles. The white swirls are actually fossils embedded in the limestone. At least thats what a geologist friend told me. The stone is epoxied to a 3/4” pine base. It has a hidden drawer under the top. Its stained with MW and finished with paste wax (partly due to the stone tile top).

Had so much fun making it and learned a lot. For instance that stone tiles are really irregular in all dimensions and that nothing dulls sandpaper quite like limestone. The stone needed quite a bit of sanding to get it smooth and shiny. Started with 60 grit worked all the way up to 400 grit.

She loves the table and that made it so much more worth the while.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 10:13 PM

Great bit of recycling / repurposing. Well done.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 01:48 AM

Who knew that when it fell off that truck it would have started a new life. Looks great!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 03:56 AM

A very cool table, I really like the top unique Idea.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

#4 posted 01-19-2012 05:32 PM

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#5 posted 01-20-2012 02:52 AM

Very nice table. I love the tiles. The old rock hound in me is drooling.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#6 posted 02-04-2012 04:32 PM

Love the tiles. Where do you find unfinished slabs of stone like that?

Good grab on the desk. I’ve done a bit of dumpster diving- free is fun, isn’t it? Even better now that my teenager is tall enough to do the actual dive.

Gotta drive around the ‘hood on trash night too sometimes, especially in the Spring seems when people toss stuff. Hint- don’t bother taking your wife with you. They just don’t understand about cruising trash piles.

One oak cabinet I picked was so nice, I just did a little minor fix up, and now I have a dee-luxe home for my exotic wood scraps.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#7 posted 02-04-2012 11:17 PM

I too, much to the embarresment of my teenagers, are a shameless dumpster diver. But embarresing them is one of the few pleasures a parent has.

The tiles were dimensional samples from a stone cutter in china for a super high-end residence I worked on (Im an architect). Job was done and I initially used them as coasters on my patio table.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 04:27 PM

Wow, That is awesome work. I am a huge fan of combining different media! You have done a marvelous job!!!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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