Unusual Entryway Table

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Project by RandyM68 posted 04-03-2012 01:33 AM 1794 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had seen some different veneer inlays at Rockler and thought it would make a nice looking table top, but I’m too cheap to buy it from them. A few days later, I saw this floor tile at the building supply surplus store. The other furniture I’ve built is read oak, and the color was almost perfect. It also looked better than the inlay I had planned anyway. I like ceramic tile on table tops, but I dont like the grout lines. These tiles were eighteen inches square, and with a 1×4 frame mitered around it, made it the perfect size to fit the spot. The tiles were only $1 apiece so I bought extras. I ripped the legs out of a 2×10 water bed frame, and hand cut through mortise and tenons for the stretchers. The drawer box is made from walnut base trim pulled off of a desk I’d bought. I had almost enough material for two tables. I cut out the parts for both, at the same time, and ran out of the material for one of the drawer fronts. It was 1/4” too short to make an invisible drawer. I built this one first, for practice, but got side-tracked on the second one. When I finally get back to it, the other one will be perfect, I’m sure. Or at least the best of it’s kind. My originals may be ugly, but at least they’re not just a poor copy of someone else’s work. After I die, this crap might be worth millions. Just look at Picasso. He painted like a psychotic third grader, but now everybody wants one of his pictures. There may be hope for me yet.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#1 posted 04-03-2012 02:13 PM

Very nice table top! Picasso you ain’t, but you done good here! ;-)


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#2 posted 04-03-2012 03:57 PM

two words only… KNOCK FIRST!!!

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 04:42 PM

Very unique good work Randy.

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#4 posted 04-03-2012 05:35 PM

I like the use of tile for table surfaces, too. I’ve done it myself and find it very utilitarian. I also like your idea about the inclusion of S&W in your design.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 12:29 AM

Thanks for not laughing, everyone. If you like the pistol, you should see what’s in the big black box next to the table.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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