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Project by RussellAP posted 03-07-2014 04:02 PM 1171 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from fir 8’ 2×4’s. The top consists of 24 boards planed to a 30” width. Frames are steel, welded together.

This baby weighs over 400 lbs.

I worked with Charles Neil on the finish and am very pleased even though the clients chose the method that Charles said would cost me a lot of sand paper, lol.

The fir was first treated with two coats of green tea to add tannins, then when dry I gave it a bath in white distilled vinegar that had some steel wool in it for a couple days.

Then I used some junk bolts and clips and some small pebbles from the driveway to add distress marks.
I ended up using less marks and dents because this is a large surface and if I did it like the sample it would be very busy looking.

Then I coated the surfaces with sanding sealer before the dark mahogany gel stain was applied and wiped off. The sanding sealer didn’t seal all that stain out so I came back with a drill sander with some 180 on it and did the worst job I could possible do in sanding out some of the dark mahogany. Then when that dried I came back over the entire thing with Puritan pine gel stain for color. Then satin top coat.

The steel frames were painted with ‘Hammered Steel’ spray paint.

The original piece from the catalog.

Thanks for looking.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.





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kimosawboy

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#1 posted 03-07-2014 04:15 PM

Always a fan of metal and wood…Nice job.

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The Box Whisperer

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#2 posted 03-07-2014 04:18 PM

Ive been watching this one, and it turned out really nice! Must have been amazing working with CN. Im sure your client will be thrilled. Keep it up!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#3 posted 03-07-2014 05:59 PM

Good job Russell

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Don W

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#4 posted 03-07-2014 06:03 PM

nice table. Well done.

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#5 posted 03-08-2014 01:40 AM

Very nicely done, looks strong enough to use as a work bench. Love the dual media use

-- Norman

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#6 posted 03-08-2014 01:49 AM

Looks just like the one she wanted!

Good job.

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TheWoodenOyster

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#7 posted 03-08-2014 03:06 PM

Good job. I did a project with steel legs recently and clearcoated the raw steel. The grinder marks at the weld intersections stood out pretty badly even when touched up. I’ll try the hammered steel spraypaint next time.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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RussellAP

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#8 posted 03-08-2014 04:36 PM

I delivered the table today. Looks fantastic in it’s new setting.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Rick

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#9 posted 03-09-2014 05:26 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed & Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

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bugz

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#10 posted 03-12-2014 01:24 AM

Well done, looks great. But I love wood and metal.

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Fishinbo

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#11 posted 03-13-2014 03:30 PM

Wow! Stunning desk, love the distressed look and the wood/metal combo. It’s perfect on its setting, complements the room. Beautiful work!

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#12 posted 03-16-2014 12:55 PM

a very nice table Russell

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#13 posted 04-02-2014 08:39 PM

I’m generally not a huge fan of rustic or distressed furniture, but I really like the way this came out. Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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