Sculpted mesquite wood with blue epoxy. Angled steel base.
Pair of pecan slab side tables with coke bottle green epoxy top – 21″ x 25″, with natural waxed steel Mondrian style bases.
Pecan slab coffee table 60″, coke bottle green epoxy. Mondrian style steel bar welded base 16″.
Pair of mesquite 1″ with smoky transparent epoxy top – 24″ x 24″, with natural waxed steel welded cube bases.
This mesquite coffee table is a mate to another project found on this site. I was especially captivated by the unique design of the wood’s ends – eaten up by the various bugs that once lived in the tree. The low and long format makes a striking statement in any setting.
This piece was constructed from a small collection of walnut pieces that my father acquired. The challenge to creating this piece was making something out of the limited amount of wood. There was a slight void in the top, so epoxy was used to fill in the gap and provide a smooth surface. Normally I leave epoxy unsanded, with a light sanding, a matte finished was achieved that matched the wax finish nicely. So, we have a narrow but chunky table that will make a great drink table.
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.
There are many things from our childhood that we hold on to as we age, mainly because it captivated us the moment we saw them. Our friends have a collection of antique Star Wars figures that they wanted to showcase in their home, to help preserve that feeling and hopefully pass it along to the next generation.