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Project by Nate Noe posted 2277 days ago 2178 views 16 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been growing to like concrete more and more. I decided to incorporate it as an inlay and use a warm, rich wood to compliment it. The legs are subtly curved plywood with a veneer and the top is solid 2×4’s. The joints are all doweled, with some being exposed.

-- Nate, denver CO





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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2277 days ago

Nate,

This is a nice piece. And the design is quite interesting. You certainly do think outside the traditional woodworking box and “boldly go where no woodworker has gone before”.

Well done and another nice example of blended materials.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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acanthuscarver

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#2 posted 2277 days ago

Nicely done. The design has a distinct Japanese feel. I like it and the blending of wood and concrete works very well together. Keep it up.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#3 posted 2277 days ago

Very nice. Love the scale and proportions of the curved legs. Did you create the concrete top first then build around it?

Steve

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#4 posted 2277 days ago

nice table, and it is certainly different. the curves of the legs, the jointery and the concrete all add alot of visual interest to it.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com

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#5 posted 2277 days ago

Nate – That’s a beaut!!! Can you please describe your technique for radiusing the apron/stretcher ends where they meet the inside curve of the leg?

-- Woodworking is not a destination....it's a joinery !!! http://smilesrus.com/pages/woodgallery.html

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#6 posted 2277 days ago

Don’t see concrete much here on LJ’s. Nicely done. I bet it’s pretty heavy/solid. Don’t have to worry too much about coasters I suppose.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#7 posted 2276 days ago

Another great piece Nate! You seem to effortlessly shift between a more industrial look as shown in your outdoor glass top table and this refined elegant design. I’m curious about the casting of the top as well? cast-in-place or precast? and what specific material is that? It’s so consistent in color.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca http://www.muegenburg.com (dedicated to my other hobby)

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bfd

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#8 posted 2276 days ago

Nate. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The mixed use of material! The leg shape is so elegant.

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Kerry

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#9 posted 2276 days ago

Very nice. Did you seal the concrete? I imagine this would work great for outdoor furniture as well.

Kerry

-- Alberta, Canada

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#10 posted 2276 days ago

Very interesting. Do you use any kind of concrete sealer, or does the top remain porous? How do you deal with movement issues?

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#11 posted 2276 days ago

That’s a very interesting use of concrete. I also like the legs.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 2276 days ago

I like the joinery on the curved pieces too. Very nice!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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Nate Noe

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#13 posted 2276 days ago

Thanks for the comments,
I cast the concrete first using plexi-glass so it would come out glossy smooth without having the mess of grinding and polishing. I sealed it with two coats of stone/granite/concrete sealer that doesn’t alter the natural color of the concrete (which is off the shelf from the Depot). I’m guessing it will still collect rings and spots, but I want it to naturally age and patina.
Where the aprons meet the inside radius of the legs is actually a straight cut. Since the curve is so subtle I didn’t have to round the ends apron supports.

-- Nate, denver CO

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Woodhacker

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#14 posted 2276 days ago

Very Nice Nate! So where do concrete trees grow? Is it a hardwood or a softwood? Open grain, or closed grain? Is it quarter or rift sawn? It looks like it’d be very hard on tools. :)

Seriously, it looks great. Thanks for posting.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#15 posted 2276 days ago

Really interesting marriage of materials and outstanding design as usual. You don’t even need coasters for your drinks!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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