E-L-M mashup plant stand/end table

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Project by kordwood posted 11-26-2018 01:12 PM 1075 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished this little table/plant stand. The design was inspired by three of my favorite Arts and Craft designers: Harvey Ellis, Charles Limbert and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. If you’re interested, there’s more information in the progress posts on my blog.

The half-lapped stringers are mortised into the legs — can’t tell you how tricky it was keeping the legs level.

It’s finished with a Jeff Jewitt recipe that is a pretty close mimic of Stickley Fayetteville. I’ve used it several times, and have always been happy with the results.

The table stands 18 inches tall; the top is 13 inches square.

All wood is reclaimed from two beat up old school desks we bought at a yard sale, resulting in a mix of quartersawn, riff cut and flat sawn oak. In hindsight, I wish I was a little bit more picky about the wood, but given this little guy’s role as a background piece, it’s probably fine as a salvage project.

-- David in sunny Cleveland, Oh

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#1 posted 11-26-2018 01:28 PM

Very nice!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 11-26-2018 01:31 PM

Interesting take. Like the simplicity, yet I know it was anything simple making it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 11-26-2018 02:44 PM

Nice take on some of my favorite styles, well done.

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 11-26-2018 05:14 PM

Finished product looks great. Thanks for writing a blog about the build as well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 11-27-2018 03:14 AM

It’s a work of art. There’s a brand on it who’s is it?
I don’t thing you could have chosen better wood.

-- James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 11-27-2018 11:38 AM

Thanks for the nice comments, guys. James, that’s my brand. Several years ago, my wife got me a branding iron for my furniture, and I got to design the mark. It’s inspired by the mark of the Roycrofters. The four horizontal lines at the top represent our family, and the lines and semicircles inside the bottom circle are my initials.

-- David in sunny Cleveland, Oh

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 11-27-2018 08:05 PM

It’s a great brand. Where did you get it?

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 11-28-2018 01:15 PM

It came from a place called Branding Irons Unlimited. Aside from the head, I had to buy a 250 watt iron and temperature control.

-- David in sunny Cleveland, Oh

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#9 posted 11-30-2018 06:32 AM

I bet you could fit a nice little plant in that niche in the centre under the table. This would make a really nice decorative stand for the entrance way!

-- Thomas Maloney -

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