This myrtle and iron table is just the ticket for the person who's impossible to buy for.
SHOP OWNER: Don Schultz
LOCATION: Ingram, TX
This table was to be given as a Christmas gift by a customer of mine. Although he had to explain the design he'd envisioned, once I was able to understand his directions, I began the design. He wanted two pieces of Myrtle separated by rustic iron rods placed at an angle, which would be closer at the bottom with a further separation at the top. His vision was an end table sized piece that would hold magazines.
I started by drilling the four angled support holes through the bottom piece. The iron was cut to length and a tab with a hole in it was welded to each support to lag screw it to the top. I had drilled and tapped the bottom end of the rods to insert a bolt to hold the pieces together. This would also allow it to be separated later on if needed. Having drilled the bottom holes in the wood close to the diameter of the rods, the fit was tight. As the two pieces were pulled together, the angle of the pieces further tightened the table. The bolts allowed for leveling and squaring of the random shaped pieces.
The tables were sanded and finished with my favorite finish for gunstocks, Birchwood Casey Gun Stock Oil. It required a lot of rubbing with 0000 steel wool but I haven't found a good finish that is both easy and requires little effort. My customer said the gift was for his brother who was "impossible to buy a gift for". However, he said this year he accomplished the impossible.. . . Don Schultz
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