|Project by Tokolosi||posted 01-18-2012 10:09 PM||1373 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
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