Mid Century end table

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Project by david_larch posted 216 days ago 2340 views 33 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little table is really fun. Made of solid walnut and sitting atop a Herman Miller Dowel Chair base. The train chases all the way around the three visible sides. Drawer is also walnut and slides on wooden runners. This was a prototype and I have three more in the works now.

Edit, I should add that the base is from and my table is an interpretation of a table found on their website. They do fantastic work and I encourage anyone to check them out.

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#1 posted 216 days ago

Very, very cool. Push to open buffer? Nice finish too, what did you use?

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#2 posted 216 days ago

Really, really sharp. I’d be interested in the finish used, too. Also, did you reclaim the base from an actual char, or model it off of the HMDC?

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#3 posted 216 days ago

Awesome! I love me some walnut. That beveled opening is pretty cool.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#4 posted 216 days ago

Nice shape and good finish!
What is the joinery?

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#5 posted 216 days ago

Ooooh man that is nice! How did you cut your miters at the corners?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 216 days ago

Very nice. Can’t go wrong with mid-century modern :)

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#7 posted 216 days ago

that’s one fantastic looking table! well done

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#8 posted 216 days ago

Beautiful work. I’m curious, how do you open the drawer ?

-- Julien

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#9 posted 216 days ago

Wow, thank you all so much for the nice words. I posted that in between two meetings I had so here is a little more info;
Finish: arm-r-seal by General Finishes. This stuff is amazing on walnut.
Joinery: each piece is mitered on all four edges and the joints are reinforced with mortise and tenons for strength.
Drawer pull: haha, I hadn’t installed the pull in the first few photos. I found these great brass pulls that you can see below.
Base: This is a very hi end reproduction base for a HM chair. I actually bought it for a chair, but decided that I liked the look.

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#10 posted 216 days ago

Mid century modern is my favorite style. I’m glad you posted. Very cool design and it looks well crafted. I noticed a bent wood chair in one of the pics. It looks like you have quite a collection. An Eames chair perhaps?

-- Glen

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#11 posted 216 days ago

Glen, thanks for the kind words. We bought this mid century house a few years ago and have been hooked on MCM since. It’s a neat SoCal original house so I’m trying to fill it with nice handmade pieces while restoring it as well. The bent ply chair is actually an Ikea we picked up at a garage sale!

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#12 posted 216 days ago

Great job David, thanks for the GF stain and top coat recommendation. The closets are going up this weekend.


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#13 posted 216 days ago

Nice, luv that retro look.

-- - Martin

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#14 posted 216 days ago

very nice! Very classy retro lines.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 216 days ago

I put in the favorite folder before I read the description. Beautiful.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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