Steel and Oak Dinning Table

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Project by donaldmee posted 04-16-2012 01:59 PM 2985 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this table recently. I have had the curved steel angle iron in my shop for quite some time now and had been thinking of a way to use them in a table. They where left over form another job we did I knew I loved the shape of them but a designed escaped me. Flash forward about a year, when I was out at my favorite mill when I picked up these 2 qrt. sawn white oak slabs. From the moment I got them back the ideas began to flow. I also have a few hundred bf of some old oak barn wood in my shop a incorporated that into the design. The top is made of two 17” x 2” x 8’6” long white oak slabs. The base is 4”x3”x1/4” steel angle. The wood in the base is hand carved reclaimed barn wood and the bolts are 1 1/4” all thread with mild steel nuts. I still have enough of the curved angle to do another table that I designed while I built this one. Now I just need to sell this beast so I can buy the wood for the next one. Enjoy and thank you for looking.

-- donald mee

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 02:22 PM

Very awesome looking build/design, the table has a great industrial element to it but still has elegance. I like how You left the steel in its natural state,the two mediums blend together nicely ! Great job, looking forward to the next one. Thanks for sharing !..........ROB (added to my favs)

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 02:45 PM

I love it.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 02:57 PM

Quite the impressive piece – very bold!

I also love the look of steel/iron and wood used together like this.

Great Job!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 03:40 PM

Hi Donald,

Another great piece. The wood braces (not sure what they are called) are a really nice touch. I agree with Rob that leaving the steel in it natural state adds to the piece. What do you use to retard rust?
Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the next piece as well.

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 05:11 PM

Love it!! There are several metal treatments that can be used that would keep the raw steel look and prevent rust. Look into gun making web sites. I forget the name but there is someone in the NE that specializes in metal finishes that are simple wipe or brush on. He makes custom cut scenes into metal railings. I would think the HAZ zones and areas where the coating was removed would rust first otherwise.

Kind of mechanical looking, very clever use of materials.

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 05:12 PM

I just saw your previous projects and sorry I did not realize you have done this often. I was just trying o pass along info that now I realize you probably are well aware of.

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 05:43 PM

Very Nice, Love your work!

The only think I would change will be create a rabbet on both woosd slabs so I can put a piece of Glass between them. That way you will still have the view for the detail under the table but also a surface to put stuff on top of it.

Any ways, Pretty Cool.

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 08:20 PM

This table looks great. I think you just gave me the idea that I’ve been looking for. I believe I could sell tables like this here in Houston. I’ve never seen one quite like it. Even my wife likes the look of it. Too bad I couldn’t sell her one.

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

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#9 posted 04-16-2012 11:09 PM

Thanks for all the kind words. I post a lot of my other work at my facebook page, you can like it at:

-- donald mee

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#10 posted 04-17-2012 01:33 AM

Nice. I like the split top.

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#11 posted 04-17-2012 06:05 AM

That is a fine looking table!

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#12 posted 04-08-2013 05:04 PM

Donald I missed this the first time around
Glad I looked at your previous projects as this is an exceptional piece

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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