A while back I posted some pictures of our mostly-complete front entrance area and I promised I would give you some more details regarding the handmade console table.
I had seen tables like this before and every time I got close to pulling the trigger, J would say something like "my dad could make that for WAY cheaper". I usually brushed it off because it seemed like too big a project and eventually, I'd want an actual table (and not just the promise of a table).
J persevered and after I found a table during one of my "my baby always screams unless I'm out walking" walks, he actually asked his dad if it could be done. The answer was yes.
Here is the table I found:
J's dad is an extremely talented welder and he put the base together in a few hours.
We then picked out a piece of reclaimed wood from Urban Tree Salvage in Scarborough. According to J (I was home with Luca and helped select the wood via text message), the shop had a bunch of great options that could have worked. We ended up picking one that was a bit thinner than originally anticipated, but I liked the idea of it being a little less bulky. Plus the wood we purchased was $21.
It had a lot of nail holes and knots, but we loved it! We were planning on trimming the rough ends, but once we put it on top of the base, it just worked. No cutting necessary!
Although I loved the gorgeous brown/grey colour, we wanted to get rid of some of the splinters and rough spots. J started with a light sanding, and followed it up with 4 coats of pure tung oil.
The old, dry wood soaked up the oil like a sponge, which is why we needed 4 coats.
Here it is still wet:
So thanks to J and his dad, a few hours of work and about $80 in materials, we have a custom made console table!
Now...if we just had a woodworker in the family... ;-)