Continuing in the theme of “Mark, I thought you were a photographer?!” I present: Dawson’s Finest Reclaimed Wood and Steel End Tables!
Once I got into the metal shop and saw all the fun tools I could make things with, then went to the metal supply store and saw all these bad-ass metal shapes to make things with, I did a lot of daydreaming and sketching designs in my head.
Since childhood I knew I could make things (badly) with wood, but making things out of metal was for factories and professionals and big beefy men with beards and welding helmets and 9½ fingers. So to be able to make actual things with legit chunks of steel has been, in case y’all can’t tell, something of an obsession lately.
Anyhow, I wanted to make something relatively minimalist, and just massive, in their own small way. I found a local reclaimed lumber store on craigslist, and they happened to have an 8in x 8in x 36in piece that I felt I could afford to experiment with. I had wanted larger, say 12×12, but in hindsight I’m glad 8×8 was the largest I could find – these things weigh a ton already.
After some time on the wood and metal bandsaws (and some appreciative nods from others in the workshop) I had my two blocks of wood (tapered to fit inside the square metal tube) and two matching steel bases. I welded tabs inside the base so that the wood top piece can be screwed tight – hopefully saving toes when you pick it up to move it.
The tops of of the tables (which match) are flat, smooth, and sealed with a satin polyurethane finish. The sides of the wood piece has been painted with the polyurethane, but are otherwise as rough, split, and pitted as I found them. The steel is similarly rough and rusted, as found.
The end tables are $250 a piece, plus not-inconsiderable shipping, but I would prefer to sell them as a set at $400. Sold!
The table tops are 8in x 8in, and are each 20 inches tall. I would also love to make end tables to your specifications, if you’d like one taller or shorter, for example!