Decoratively Painted Box End Tables

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 06-05-2006 01:54 AM 5026 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned project, and so these two tables have been sold.

If you would like something similar, please email me at:

[email protected]

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Project Story:

This project was commissioned by an Interior Decorator that could not buy the imported tables in a catalog because they were “discontinued.” Feeling frustrated one day, she mentioned the problem to the remodeling contractor, a good friend of mine, and he recommended me for the job of building the tables. I improved a little on the styling and construction methods, but kept the over all feel of the import catalog photo.

Made from Poplar wood
Corner Posts Frame Design
Tile Borders around the top and base are small wood tiles made from poplar, then painted.

Mark DeCou

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-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-10-2007 02:01 AM

Mark: very nice end tables.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 03-10-2007 04:16 PM

thanks Karson.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 03-10-2007 04:21 PM

Mark. this piece is entirely different than what I’ve come to expect form you. I’t certainly doesn’t carry your normal signature.

I like the versatility this piece represents in your repertoire. Lovely project.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 03-10-2007 04:25 PM

Yes, I didn’t think this was your project at first. ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Mark A. DeCou

2009 posts in 5211 days

#5 posted 03-11-2007 03:06 AM

Thanks guys, this is actually a more difficult project than it first appears, using corner post construction with turned corner posts. I did them on the Legacy Mill, which makes easy work of this type of cabinet construction.

The design idea for the cabinets was not my own, as a much more cheaply made version was first sold through an Asian importer. But, when they became obsolete in the catalog, and the decorator still wanted two of them, I was asked to build them. It was a fun project, but not a style I would have dreamed up on my own.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 01-12-2008 01:10 AM

I found this looking through projects. Great tables!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 11-06-2011 12:22 PM

Very nice!

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