Coffee & End Tables...touch of modern

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Project by Mike001 posted 07-19-2012 01:10 AM 3307 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Daughter needed a coffee and set of end tables…being the artsy talented type she was inspired by some “foreign” tables at a chain “Hobby” store. Well here comes a picture with dimensions. The inspiration pic had a MDF contructed table with a faux angle iron finish with bolt heads and a stressed light colored wood top. Her take on the theme was how about the faux metal frame with a walnut top. Just so happens I have came upon a stack of walnut and ash that had been in a ladies garage for 30 years or so. We made a deal and here is some of it. The walnut was over an 1 1/4” thick and the ash was an inch thick after planing and of the old darker color variety…very hard. The frame was made from the ash and the top almost left the natural color of the walnut as I got it. Darkened it around the edges with black milk paint to make the center look used. The frame faux technique is a gray base with metalic flake and black milk paint mix with silver and redish rust accents. The bolts are real ones that I’ve had for 30-40 years laying in an old bin so they fit the theme of stressed and metal. I guess the younger crowd likes this sort of design. I like the walnut and the fact that you could park a truck on it. Should last a while…even with four grand kids…

-- "Always with Honor"

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 02:24 AM

I really, really, really like the faux angle iron that you did, I had to look closely at the pictures to see the joints, I thought for a moment that the skirt and legs were all one piece!

Very well done, I think I’ll be borrowing this look for some future stuff.

-- Steve

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 09:07 AM

What a great job!!!! Like the rustic look.

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

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 12:34 PM

Well done, great job!1 Like the look.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 12:47 PM

Like this a lot! Rustic rules!

-- Chris in Maine -

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 12:58 PM

A really great build and finish .. i really like the sytle … its goin in my favorites folder!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 07-19-2012 01:42 PM

Very nice work! Your approach to an aged look worked well. Should last a long time even with kids climbing on it. I always sign and date pieces and sometimes even write a few lines about the finish on the underside then put a clear coat over it, could help with touch ups in the future.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#7 posted 07-19-2012 02:42 PM

Very cool, really like the design

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#8 posted 07-19-2012 05:40 PM

I don’t usually like to see wood painted. Especially to make it look like metal! This certainly is one exception. I like the look and think you did a good job with getting the legs to look a little rusty. Walnut is one of my favorite woods. Great job.

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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