Small live edge bedside table

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Project by Ryan Sandler posted 11-19-2021 12:34 AM 833 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We recently rearranged our bedroom furniture, and my wife requested a bedside table/night stand since the windowsill where she used to put her glasses is now out of reach from the bed. When I asked what kind she wanted, the only specification I got was “sufficient to hold my glasses, and perhaps a book”. Further requests for clarification we met with something to the effect of “left to my own devices I’d just buy something, so as long as it is, in fact, a bedside table, you can do what you want.” Full of gratitude for the patience of my spouse, I decided to get creative.

My first thought was to try an endgrain, live edge round top, a big wood cookie basically—not necessarily the best choice for structural integrity, but could be cool looking, and a good way to use up these odd chunks of pear wood that have been sitting on my wood shelf for years. But, it turns out none of the remaining pear logs were actually that big around. So I took this flat-ish crotch log, hacked off enough branches that it would lie mostly flat, and went with an edge grain live edge slab. The main uneven area on the top, as well as various cracks from checking, were filled with West system epoxy.

The design for the legs kept changing as I worked—the original idea was four ~2×2 straight legs, but it evolved into this angled two leg, double tapered affair as I wrestled with fitting the base onto the bottom surface of the top and also tried to make the legs less chunky looking. I had fun, anyway.

Legs are 8/4 ambrosia maple, shelf is more pear, finish is Deft satin lacquer from a can.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 11-19-2021 02:10 AM

There is a lot going on in that little slab with all the branches and such which make it fun to look at.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 11-19-2021 10:49 AM

That looks beffy for a small table, which looks very nice.

-- Eric, building the dream

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