Wood Shim Side Table with Tapered Mid-Century Modern Legs

DIY side table made with an upcycled wood shim table top and modified Waddell mid-century modern tapered table legs painted black

The top of this side table is made of ordinary cedar wood shims, and the legs are customized Mid-Century Modern tapered Waddell brand legs.


DIY side table made with an upcycled wood shim table top and modified Waddell mid-century modern tapered table legs painted black

The “wood shim wall art” project started as a “table top for a small side table” project.  But, a couple of things happened along the way.  I made the wood shim table top and had DIY legs in mind, but after I got the legs made I decided 1) the legs were very difficult to make, and 2) the legs didn’t look great with the table top.  So I scrapped the legs and set the table top against a wall and decided to wait for inspiration on the legs.  Over the next few months, I tried several leg styles, but wasn’t happy with any of them.  No, it’s not all butterflies, bunny rabbits, and rainbows in the DIY Furniture Studio! (more…)

A Chic Makeover for Waddell Brand Mid-Century Modern Tapered Furniture Legs

 

Waddell brand mid century leg makeover multiple colored tapered leg with ferrule

I love Waddell brand tapered legs because of their shape (Mid-Century Modern), price (low), and availability (Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, etc). In this post, I’ll show you how to customize them using a tube cutter, a coping saw, and paint.


 

Waddell leg unmodified
mid century modern leg with ferrule

Waddell brand tapered table legs are a great bargain. For instance, the 12 inch legs are only $3 each at Menards. These mid-century modern style legs are available in several lengths from 6 inches up to the 28 inch table height. They come unfinished, just waiting for you to personalize them. My only issue with the legs is the metal ferrule (aka cap, toe, shoe, sabot) and glide at the tip. For some furniture projects the ferrule and glide look great. For others I’d rather not have either, and for some I want the ferrule but not the glide. (more…)

Wood Shim Wall Art

 

DIY wood shim wall art

Upcycle some wood shims! This wood shim wall art is made of ordinary 16-inch construction cedar wood shims glued together.


Wood shim wall art by DIY Furniture Studio

I’m back from vacation and ready to make more furniture and decor! Let’s get to it!

Supplies/Tools:

  • 16 inch wood shims
  • Titebond 3 (or another wood glue)
  • four bar clamps (length depends the length of your shim wood art)
  • ruler
  • square
  • timer
  • jigsaw
  • sandpaper
  • polyurethane (or another finish)

The 16-inch cedar wood shims I used for this project commonly come in packages of 42 at home improvement stores. I bought four packages (168 total shims) at Menards, but I didn’t use all of these.  After I opened the packages, I sorted them into “keepers” and “other.”  My (more…)

Hand-Formed Cement (Over Glass) Vases

 

DIY concrete vases formed by hand over inexpensive glass vases

These vases are made by covering inexpensive glass vases and glass bottles from the recycle bin with anchoring cement. They are surprisingly easy and fun to make.


I happened on the idea of using anchoring cement to cover objects such as the glass vases when I was making my DIY Cement Replacement Sofa Legs for IKEA and Other Brands.  When making these legs, I mixed up very thick batches of cement.  I noticed that the wet cement could be hand formed for a short period of time because it got thick and pliable, kind of the consistency of silly putty, and then it hardened quickly.  It was only in that pliable form for a few minutes.  So when I was making the sofa legs, I got in the habit of making little free-form cement bowls from the left-over cement mix. Then I began to think about all the things around the house I could cover with cement, and I decided to try cement-covered glass vases and bottles (before moving on to the furniture 😀 ).
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Live Edge Tree Slice Side Table with Legs made of Lamp Pipe

 

DIY Live edge tree slice side table with standalone legs made of lamp pipe, brass flanges, and brass ball feet

This live-edge tree slice table is made from a horizontal cut of the trunk of a mulberry tree.  I made the legs, my new version of DIY industrial pipe legs, from steel lamp pipe and brass fittings.


DIY tree stump table mulberry wood grain on table top
DIY industrial pipe legs made of lamp pipe and brass flanges with brass ball feet
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As I mentioned in the “About” section, I originally became interested in making furniture in order to furnish our three-season sunroom. I intended to rehabilitate the sunroom from being a storage area, and before that when the kids were little, a playroom.  (I say “intended” because the sunroom is now my workshop studio.)  I was looking for furniture that I could make, having limited skills, tools, and budget.  The first type of furniture that caught my eye was the live-edge style.  “Live edge” refers to furniture where the natural edge of the wood is incorporated into the design of the piece.  It was popularized by George Nakashima in the middle of the last century.  Live-edge furniture can be deceptively complex, with emphasis on craftsmanship, sanding, and finishing.  Because of the limitations I mentioned, I am making simple live-edge tables made of a “slice” of the tree, with legs.  It is an uncomplicated style, rustic and elegant all rolled together!

The Live Edge Side Table project has six main parts:

  • Finding, Choosing, and Drying Wood
  • Removing Bark
  • Optional: Leveling Tree Slice with Router
  • Sanding and Finishing
  • Making the Lamp Pipe Legs
  • Attaching the Legs to the Tree Slice

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