This table was one of the first design ideas I wanted to create, because it established the connection of wood and steel – the basis of my creation process. Admittedly, the design process wasn’t perfect – there were many hurdles I had to overcome in order to create such a basic piece of furniture. At this point in the game, I didn’t have a table saw, and my experience welding was rudimentary at best, so I knew things might not work out so great. But, you don’t improve if you don’t try, so again we were off to the races.
Paul McCobb is one of my favorite designers. He made practical but beautifully simple pieces that were available to the masses. Today, it’s a bit more difficult to get his pieces, so I decided to make a prototype of a mid century nightstand that would be a nod to his creation, with some slight variations.
As a drummer, it’s easy to collect a lot of gear, and storing it can be somewhat of a problem. So, the solution was to build a shelving system that could handle different sizes of drums, various cymbals, and hardware. My particular set of drums are made of popular, which is a lightweight wood. This allowed me to construct the shelving with half inch steel, and made the shelving unit easy to move if needed. For heavier weight, something like this could be made with 1″ steel tube and reinforcement under the shelves – adding more rigidity and the ability to carry much heavier loads. In fact, you can see an example of this on my closet shelf <photos coming soon>– another project where I needed to store things.