Interesting end table

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Project by ferstler posted 03-29-2013 09:26 PM 2412 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine gave me a 14×18 inch piece of 0.75-inch-thick granite a while back and I decided to use it to make an end table. After a couple of weeks of intermittent cutting, experimenting, and gluing, the project is done.

The legs are held in place by Kreg pocket screws under the top section, with the upper and lower leg sections joined by 0.75 inch diameter, 3.5-inch long dowels through holes drilled in the lower shelf. The shelf was made up of several boards, joined by Kreg screws and Elmer’s carpenter glue. The top was assembled as one massive (roughly 40 pound) piece prior to final assembly, using Elmer’s for the wood and PL construction adhesive for mounting the granite. The rest of the unit was assembled using the PL stuff, because it took time to get the legs and bottom shelf mounted, not to mention the final underside boards in place once the legs were installed. PL gives you a 30-minute work window, and I needed that window.

My wife saw it and said that it looked “amazing,” which, given her standard attitude toward my various projects, I considered amazing in itself. Unfortunately, she has her own tastes when it comes to the possibility of putting it in “her” living room (the only available space, and it would have to replace an existing table), so I have taken it to a local consignment shop for them to sell. I will get 60 percent. I would prefer 100 percent, but at least will not have to deal with the hassle of selling something via craigslist or a newspaper ad.

In addition to the granite, the thing is mostly reclaimed redwood (a soft wood that make it a “not good” item for a home with rambunctious kids), with some western red cedar adjacent to the granite on the longer sides. The full top is actually 3 inches thick (several layers of wood) and the table weighs a solid 55 pounds, thanks in part to the granite. The legs are redwood, as is the lower shelf. The finish involves red-oak Minwax stain, with 3 or 4 coats of clear, semi-gloss lacquer. While the granite cost me nothing, I have about $90 worth of wood, screws, glue, and finishing chemicals in the thing, so even if it sells and I get the percentage, my 20 hours of work on the thing will mean that I worked for less than minimum wage.

Well, at least I can feel creative.

Howard Ferstler

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 02:40 AM

Beautiful work, Howard. Don’t short yourself on the asking price – there’s more than the cost of materials in there, and it ought not to be given away.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 02:56 PM

It is on the floor at the store with a listed price of $248. The store is a nice one, with some furniture pieces selling for upwards of $500, and many others in the $100 range, but with one grandfather clock for sale for $2500, so my table is in with decently royal company. I built a lamp a while back (my article about it is on this site, I think) and it sold there, so at least people are coming into the place to shop.

We shall see.


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#3 posted 03-31-2013 03:34 AM

Very nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 02:33 PM

It’s a beautiful and sturdy end table. Great design and build. Like the granite combined with wood. Great craftsmanship!

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 01:34 AM

Great job! I have several pieces of nice assorted granite slabs (counter cutoffs from my granite guy—I asked him to call me whenever he cleaned up his shop) but no good WOOD to work with…. one of these days…..

(I’m trying REALLY hard to not say anything about your wife’s compliment/rejection of this fabulous piece…...... OK, I bit off an inch of tongue…. I can let it go…)

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 08:37 AM

Beautiful job ferstler.A really nice piece.End tables are practical furnishings that are great additions to the room.An important factor to take into account when purchasing an end table is your existing d├ęcor, as you’ll want it to be in tune with the overall flow of your space.

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#7 posted 02-06-2017 04:57 PM

This is a very nice table and a very practical design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 02-06-2017 07:30 PM

The table never sold. Fortunately, my wife had second thoughts and it is now in our living room. The table it replaced went to Goodwill.

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