These simple and elegant side tables were designed for the dump when I saved them. Like many of the discarded pieces I find, they struck me with possibilities.

Sadly, my enthusiasm got the better of me and I didn’t take the before pictures I usually take. Here are some after the initial cleaning, where we can start to see the different woods and laminates used to enhance the clean lines of some beautiful craftsmanship.

Before Scandanavian Side tables

The choices were clearly deliberate when the carpenter chose his woods, as he has the grains going in perpendicular directions and the smoothly cut and sanded surface is more solid than one could imagine. The pieces aren’t heavy to look at, but are very weighty to carry.

When I first saw them, I thought I was looking at a Scandinavian design, but there are subtle elements in the construction that makes me think this artist also loved Mid-Century Modern lines (the legs are slightly narrower than the top) and the simple strength of Shaker construction (due to their massive weight).

After cleaning them, I did my best to remove the multiple layers of shellac on the surface. Some parts proved too difficult to remove by sanding alone, and when I wet wiped the dust, I found myself enjoying the distressed feel and look of the spaces where some shellac remained. I finished the drawer fronts with s clear finishing wax and the rest with a darker finishing wax, to bring out more of the grain in that different wood, which I believe to be teak.

Dimensions: H- 24″ (61cm) x W- 15″ (38cm) x D- 11″ (28cm)

Price: $250 for the pair.

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