Retro-Industrial two-Drawer Side Table

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Project by riverguy posted 11-30-2015 02:42 AM 1748 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Lyons-Magnus Side Table

This “retro-industrial” side (end?) table was built to go along with the coffee table I’ve also posted here. It uses two more of the same vintage crates from the long-gone Lyons-Magnus Moving Company in San Francisco. It was built to the same standards as the coffee table, with hardwood drawer glides making the drawers operate smoothly and centered in their openings when fully closed.

Again, the top is made of splined-together 2×6 clear, KD cedar planks, sanded very smooth with a random orbit sander to intentionally go deeper into the soft grain to simulate a vintage, gently-worn surface. It was then finished with four coats of satin spar varnish and is very smooth to the touch. The frame is built from rough cedar, sanded just enough to make sure there are no splinters or rough spots, and then again, the spar varnish. All of the iron and steel parts were subjected to my “controlled corrosion” process to age them.

OK, I still have seven of these crates left . . . what’s next?

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 02:48 AM

Very cool design… food for ideas! I love metal and wood together.

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 04:52 AM

Love the design. I’ll take those extra crates off of your hands if you don’t want them ;)

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 02:03 PM

looks great

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 02:43 PM

Great job in making surplus materials so attractive and functional.

-- --Dale Page

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 05:31 PM

Awesome design and build!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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