|Project by Andy Panko||posted 03-15-2012 09:03 PM||1754 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
Our previous house was an 1894 colonial. When I remodeled it and took up the carpets the previous folk put in, I found that a few of the floors had large iron grates in them. The grates are decorative and have mechanical louvres on the underside. From what I gather, this was a way to get heat from the basement to the upper floors. There was a little coal closet in the basement. So I guess they made a coal fire and let the heat rise up through the levels via grates in the floors. Anyway, when we moved to our current house five years ago, I took a grate with us. My wife planned on me doing some sort of woodworking project to incorporate the grate as a decorative element. I just recently got around to doing said project…
I made a bedside table for our spare room. I didn’t want to spend too much time or money on it, so I did it all out of pre-milled 3/4” select pine from Home Depot. The only jointing or planing I did was to laminate three pieces together to make the legs. And I didn’t want to overdo it time-wise making lots of mortis and tenon joints. Everything is just pocket screwed together, which is plenty strong considering this table will literally just sit there with no use and it has no moving parts. The grate simply rests in the top in rabets – it is not mechanically fastened. The grate alone weighs about 30 pounds so I’m not worried about it tipping or falling out.
It is finished in Minwax red chestnut stain and a couple coats of poly. Done.
-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ, www.pankowoodworks.com