My Glued-up, Laminated, Sculpted, OSB End Table. A Companion Piece to the Rocker & Footstool

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Project by luv2learn posted 03-26-2014 05:34 PM 5878 views 6 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This end table is the third piece of furniture I have built using OSB ( Oriented Strand Board). I designed it using some of the visual elements of the rocking chair and footstool. My goal was to make all three pieces look like a set. I followed the same construction procedure for all three pieces. You can see how I did this on my blog of the rocker build.

I finished all the pieces with three to four coats of high gloss water based poly sanding between coats when necessary.

Working with OSB is messy. The end grain is pock marked with voids in the material that don’t completely sand out but the face grain is a smooth marble looking finish. I like the look, it is unusual and pleasing to my eye. I will probably try building more pieces using OSB in the future. I have grown fond of the Chicken McNuggets of building materials.

As always, thanks for looking.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 05:40 PM

Very nice work. Interesting
Definitely “one of a kind”.


You proved that even osb. can be made to look nice!

-- just rjR

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 05:45 PM

Well done, great finish, and unique!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 06:04 PM

Probably a more sustainable material than hardwood. I have sheeted too many houses to get the smell of OSB out of my head. Beautiful outcome.

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 06:05 PM

cool design!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 06:14 PM

“Chicken McNuggets of building materials” Hilarious.

Cool work w/ a pretty humble material

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 06:21 PM

Who knew OSB could look so good.

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#7 posted 03-26-2014 07:20 PM

Definitely looks “interesting”, very attractive style and look. Have you tried to test these pieces for strength,
structural and young child destruction proof? I am thinking about making some more rocking chairs for great
grand children and if this is strong enough, I might use it, I have been using 3/4” AC plywood for them up to
now. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 03-26-2014 07:27 PM

Fantastic Lee. That recessed top is a real winner. Nice design again and the whole set is amazing. Looks like someone will be enjoying some r&r soon. Sure looks comfy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 03-26-2014 10:37 PM

I really do like it. The individual pieces are very interesting by themselves but when you see the ensemble it really gives it all a different perspective. Lovely work, very creative and a one of a kind. Thanks for posting.

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#10 posted 03-26-2014 10:53 PM

unique and quite different. have you tried also using a stain..?

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#11 posted 03-26-2014 11:40 PM

Fantastic !!!
Are you pattern-routing the layers?
How are you registering the layers during glue-up?
Whatever you do, don’t think about staining it. Love the “natural” look.
Reminds me of what Frank Gehry was doing with cardboard back in the 70’s.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#12 posted 03-26-2014 11:47 PM

Thanks to all of you for your kind words and encouraging comments. I was after a unique look and I think I got it.

Greg, I tried staining some scrap to see if I liked the look; I didn’t but perhaps it was just the color I didn’t like. I will give it another go.

Gus, the chair and footstool will hold my weight (200lbs. plus) I think it would do just fine for children’s furniture as long as you didn’t design any really thin cross sections. My suggestion, just experiment!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 03-26-2014 11:53 PM

John, I am pattern routing the pieces. I transferred alignment holes from the pattern to the individual pieces then used 16 penny nails as alignment pins during glue up. I too like the natural look.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 03-26-2014 11:57 PM

Nice work. I was in a osb plant in the town nearby where I live. I had purchased 30 sheets of 7/16 osb at an auction for $60 and had to pick it up at the plant. In the office they had all the desks, file cabinets, lockers, and every piece of furniture that I could see built with 1 1/2 ” OSB, a product which they make there for commercial use. I was amazed at how good it looked. It had a very heavy gloss finish to it. So OSB can be used in different applications than most of us LJ’s think. As you have proven.

-- - Martin

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#15 posted 03-27-2014 12:03 AM

That is a great looking, very well crafted set. An unique beyond compare! Great job on all 3 pieces.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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