Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel-Sandblasted coffee tables

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Recently I was commissioned by a design group from San Diego to create two 36″ round coffee tables for the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, Ca. They wanted the tables left in the raw sandblasted state. Stability was also key as the tables were to be in the hotel lobby. IMG_9268_Driftwood_Table IMG_9265_Sitting_AreaDSC_0366

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Sun bleached sofa/foyer tables

What began as two very unique driftwood stumps at the beginning of the summer are now two of the nicest large sofa/tables that I’ve ever had.  The 1/2″ glass is 52″ & 54″ long with very rounded corners in the front & slightly rounded ones in the back.  Additional pictures can be found on the current inventory page.DSC_0435 DSC_0430 DSC_0427 DSC_0425

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Sun-Bleached Sofa/Foyer Table-Solid Top

Although I have created quite a few weathered glass top sofa/foyer tables, this is my first attempt at one with a solid top.  The base is the red cedar driftwood that I make all of my sun bleached pieces out of, but the top is cypress that I deeply sandblasted to give it that old silvery washed up on the beach look.  I wasn’t sure the cypress would weather like the cedar, but eventually the colors are beginning to look the same.

It measures 52″ wide x 18″ deep x 32″ high.  A little bit more time exposed to the elements & it will be ready for my showroom.DSC_0401 DSC_0404 DSC_0405 DSC_0406

 

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A Customer’s Driftwood Dining Table

We recently delivered, along with a coffee table & lamp, a large round driftwood dining table base to a special couple in Naples. I was not able to supply the glass ( large round glass will not fit in my van) so they ordered a 72″ glass with a 1″ bevel from my glass supplier & had it delivered. They were gracious enough to send me some pictures  of  it with the new glass & how they displayed it for their Thanksgiving meal.

“Here is our Thanksgiving table in full use. It gets constant complimentary comments from all our neighbors.”

Alden & Luci
Naples, Fl

 

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Driftwood Dining Table

Raw dining table stump

  Raw dining table stump

Even though I’ve created a few driftwood dining tables in the past, it’s only been in the last 4-5 years that I’ve been commissioned to make them on a regular basis. Unlike a coffee table or even a tall foyer table, dining table bases present a special challenge. They have to be stable enough to support a large glass which means they need to have a sufficient footprint.  And at the same time there needs to be enough room for a persons feet & knees. In addition there needs to be enough room so that the chairs will fit under the glass when not in use.

It’s only a few select stumps that will work for a dining table base. When turned on its side the base has to be bottom heavy and the roots have to extend upwards at least 30″.
 

Dining Room Table Base

Dining room table base leveled and ready for sandblasting.

Once additional support pieces are added, the structurally completed stump is leveled & sandblasted. At that point a large test glass is placed on the table & tested for both floor & glass stability. Also a glass template is cut to demonstrate the size of the glass & how it would look on a perspective table.

 Rectangular dining room table with chair display

Rectangular dining room table with chair display

The finished table will have 2 distinct sides. The root system side (considered to be the most aesthetic) & the trunk side. All the cut ends are textured & have a very weathered appearance rather than appearing fresh cut.

Weathered cut ends

Weathered cut ends

 Sandblasted root side of table
Sandblasted with root system facing out

Sandblasted trunk side of table

Sandblasted trunk side of table

A few things to consider if you are interested in ordering a driftwood dining table:

For stability purposes I highly recommend it would be used on a hard floor. On rectangle tables the length is not usually an issue. As much as is feasible, make the glass as wide as possible. This allows for more feet & chair room. Unlike most conventional dining tables there will not be as much room for a persons feet & the chairs will most likely not fit completely under the glass when not in use.
Dining room table with chairs not in use.Dining room table with chairs not in use.

Dining room table with foot room display

Dining room table with foot room display

Completion time can vary according to the type of finish & the availability of dining table bases. The weathered, sun bleached tables will take months depending on the time of year.
Sandblasted or faded sandblasted ones should be completed in a much shorter time period
For out of state customers, I recommend obtaining the glass from GlasstopsDirect. For my customers in Florida, I have found that I’m usually able to personally deliver the table & glass for less than what it would cost to crate & ship it.
Finished dining room tableSun bleached driftwood rectangle dining table ready for glass

 

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