River Coffee Table – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

We finally have a new coffee table! Lombardy poplar (not to be confused with tulip poplar, which isn’t actually a poplar), walnut, epoxy (West System), and blue ocean pigment (Eye Candy). This was definitely a learning experience, with many mistakes and challenges along the way. But in the end, I’m more than happy with how it turned out – and it’s much prettier than our old particle board/veneered table. The top came from a tree cut down across the street from our house. It had been standing mostly dead for several years (like most of the Lombardy poplars in the US). I chainsawed and milled the log myself. This table took me almost exactly a month to build. See my instagram for several posts detailing this build.

     

 

 

 

Tiny River Table Test – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

I cut the edges, sanded, and oiled. This was just practice (will be used as a trivet). I’ve had this little branch set aside for just such a test for ages. @tam_a_ryn thanks wants an epoxy river coffee table for our living room. So hopefully I’ll be doing a real one in the not-too-distant future. I’ve worked with epoxy resin before in sculpting work. But never with wood or mica pigments. There’s a reason these have been so popular in woodworking for the past couple years. They’re fun to make, and pigmented resin almost always makes a beautiful accent to the wood.
They’re also stupid expensive to make.

 

Bookcase Side Table – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

I’d say that turned out pretty damned close to my original design! This was my first time making something from rough cut lumber. I designed this piece in SketchUp to sit next to our couch, be usable for drinks on the side and knick-knacks on the back, and hold all of Tamaryn’s cookbooks. I built it out of scrap lumber obtained from a furniture maker – these were his cutoffs. The tops are live-edge walnut, the base is ash, and the shelves are walnut and mahogany. The whole thing took roughly three weeks from start to finish. Much of it’s creation was documented with more descriptions on instagram.

 

   

 

Keyboard Stand – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Reclaimed Wood