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I began my walnut and glass concrete coffee table a while back and am really looking forward to completing it.  I have been occupied with the design of a concrete patio for a client and hope to make some progress this week.  So for now, the coffee table sits in my carport awaiting the finishing touches.  This table has some great features and want to mention a few of them here even though they will be repeated when I create a separate page for it.

Starting on the outside, it has a dark walnut border that very nice hardwood.  I bought it specifically for this project and I think it really sets the table apart from some of my other work.

Moving inward, the concrete was colored with a light walnut pigment, so the color is throughout the material.  When I placed the concrete in the form, I was afraid that it was a bit on the pink side, but after the concrete cured, that is no longer a concern.  It is not that I have something against pink – I’ll make you a hot pink table if you like, but not with the dark natural look of the walnut wood.

Then there is another walnut frame that holds up the inner piece of glass.  The inside wood frame was cut from the same board of wood, so there is very good consistency.  The glass is about 9″x29.5″ and not only adds detail to the piece, but can also be used to add your own art under the glass.

The entire table weighs in at about 45lbs, which is remarkably light for a 42″x21″ concrete coffee table.  The top sits about 18″ tall and will be urethane coated when finished.  Each leg is gusseted and the concrete is reinforced with steel channel.

So even with all of the description above, I don’t think that I have painted a very good picture of how this table is turning out.  I just have to finish it and post some pictures.   They will be coming soon.

Update:  The Walnut and Glass Coffee Table was finished last night.  Check out it’s page.

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All items are for sale unless noted on individual pages.   Many are currently listed in my Etsy store.  I welcome any custom orders or special requests.

After completing my last coffee table, I thought that I would keep the same basic look of wood and concrete in my next table, but add a little woodworking detail. The Rustic Table has plenty of natural detail, but I wanted to do a little more with the shaping of the wood. I started with a hexagon shaped Oak top. Embedded within the top are 3 oak arrows. They are set at 120 degrees from each other and really help the top stand out from the ordinary. The grain is very pretty and I think the legs turned out nicely. I was a little hesitant about only using 3 legs, but I really like the way it sits and they compliment the geometry of the top.

I am in the finishing stage at the moment, but have high hopes for the final product. I plan on a thick epoxy finish and moderately shaped edges. The legs will keep a fairly sharp look.

Update: Pictures and more details are found on the Pointed Hex page.

It is about 23″ across from side to side and 27″ across from corner to corner. I am having a hard time classifying this one because I can see it being used as either a coffee table or a side table. This creation would go very well between two couches at any angle to each other or could be well used in the middle of a seating arrangement. Any comments here are welcomed.

I keep returning to the combination of wood and concrete.  I am currently working on a hall table with a concrete center, natural oak border and rugged oak legs.  I realized that this will be my third table with wood and concrete working together.  I still have a design of a coffee table in the works that will use wood, concrete, and glass.  I am surprised that I have not used more steel bases because I manage myself well with the welding machine.  The natural beauty of the wood and simple, clean look of the concrete keep me going.  I’ll be sure to post the hall table as I get closer to finishing it.

Update: It has been completed
and details can be found on
the Rustic Hall Table page.

(Found under Concrete Coffee Tables)

Have you ever heard of hanging pictures outside?  With concrete picture frames and concrete tables, your art can be displayed outside all year long.

I have been spending a good bit of time outside lately.  The weather is fairly nice, the bugs are not too bad and the various projects are making progress.  I was looking at one of the round concrete tables that I am working on for some friends and realized that it would go great on their patio behind their house.  This concrete is very tough and will not rot, mold, melt, rust, or be eaten by pests.  It is perfect for outdoor applications.  I  can imagine my Beach Table beside some lounge chair  at the pool.  It would work perfect in that application.   I may have to build a pool just for that reason.

Concrete picture frames or Mirrors can be waterproofed with any common sealer and be used outside all year long.  With good solid concrete, the frame will withstand any temperature, any amount of water, and it will take decades of freeze-thaw cycles before any effects are even noticeable.

I was daydreaming about some of the frames, tables, chairs and so on that I had floating in my mind.  Concrete can be anything.  Obviously work was a little slow, so my focus kind of wandered into other crazy ideas for concrete furniture.

A while back, I checked out videos about logging and how to properly fell a tree because I was about to drop a tree at my co-workers place between two houses and an array of other obstacles.  If you have a few minutes, check out the youtube video about California Redwood logging back in 1947.  I was very impressed.  National Geographic recently claimed that the Redwood forest has actually been expanding for the first time in a century – that is even more impressive.

Anyway, it got me thinking about how well concrete and wood go together.  All through my college education I was taught that concrete and steel were the match made in heaven.  I must agree, but the combination of wood and concrete can be combined in a similar way.  The wood should have a tensile strength of about 600psi and good development due to the porosity and concrete bonding.

I will have to play around some more with concrete & wood designs and look into how to dry and mill some timber.  If you have any experience or suggestions here, please let them be known.

Update:  I have really enjoyed working with wood in my furniture projects.  I have come up with a lot more ideas and only wish that I had more time and resources to make them come alive.  They will.

Hey, I am glad you found me. Frankly, I am a little surprised, but while you are here check out my concrete picture frames and concrete tables.

I sell concrete art in person, checks, paypal, Etsy, even for a barrel of sunflower seeds – whichever method you prefer.  All of my crazy creations come out of my tiny shop in Savannah Georgia and I have shipped items as far away as Hawaii.

If you would like something custom made or have ANY question about concrete furniture, feel free to contact me:

Dan Miller
concretepicture@gmail.com
912-713-5226
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