Moon Lander Table

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Project by RandyM68 posted 04-02-2012 01:07 AM 1620 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table a few months ago, to match my computer desk. The top is red oak plywood, with a four inch band of oak around the edges. The pedestal is made from part of an old pine water-bed frame that my dad built 30 years ago. That got me into using re-purposed lumber, but that’s another story. I always thought ball and claw feet look cool so I tried carving some.

I just carved it out of a piece of 2×8 with a chisel, a pocket-knife, and a Dremel tool. For a first attempt, I thought it wasn’t looking too bad. Then I did the other side. Oops.

It looks like my eagle got a little too much radiation. I started on a second one, but it broke at a knot, and I gave up on that idea. Since nothing in my house is either plumb, or level, I needed some way to level the table. I went to the hardware store and looked around. I couldn’t remember ever seeing a table with turn-buckles on the legs. Sounds like it’ll work to me. I do tend to be a little different, and I like original designs. I probably spent more on the turnbuckles and bolts, than I did on lumber. Oh well, I bet you’ve never seen one like it, anyway. It looks kind of funny, but it’s the only piece of furniture in the house that sits level. My wife says it looks like a Transformer, I was thinking Apollo moon lander, when I first saw the turn-buckles. That’s why it has the swivel pads on the feet. I was going to build chairs, too, but I found these for $15 apiece. I figured I better quit while I was ahead.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 01:45 AM

That’s a cool design, way outside the box, I like it a lot. What did you finish the top with Laquer? It’s got a nice hi gloss sheen to it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 04-02-2012 02:32 AM

quite an interesting table. The moon lander legs are very unqiue and orginal.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 04-02-2012 02:36 AM

Thanks Marty. Way outside the box. I never could follow plans anyway, I just make it up as I go along. No one can accuse me of stealing their idea, at least. I usually don’t even know what it will look like until I’m finished. I used Minwax red oak stain with four coats of polyurethane.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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