|Project by Chauffeur||posted 03-23-2013 02:46 PM||2415 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
One of my neighbors asked me to re-purpose an old dining room table that had been in her family for over 65 years. She wanted to restore and convert the Queen Anne table halves into desks and attach them to a wall.
I felt that just attaching half of a table to a wall would look amiss, so I designed/built a wall mounted shelve unit to attach the first table half to. The shelve is attached to the wall via a french cleat; the table portion can be installed/removed in about 60 seconds with some hidden hardware. Solid, feels like a kitchen countertop.
The second half was attached to two side cabinets that were bolted to the wall in a window alcove. Desk is easily removable to swing open the plantation shutters when required. Again, solid; it don’t move. I really struggled with how to make this look right though. The table being several inches taller than the window sill was the source of the frustration. I think it turned out ok.
The table itself is most likely poplar. It had been refinished many years ago with one of those one coat processes that took forever for me to remove. First time I’ve ever stripped furniture. Learned a bunch.
I chose to use solid cherry for the shelving unit and the side cabinets.
Results? Happy neighbor !!!
-- Dave, Texas