Furniture

Resin Table – Made By Lou

This is Lou’s latest resin project – a lovely coffee table made from walnut and purple resin. I got the glamorous job of cleaning off a thick layer of powder from everything in the garage after he’d been sanding down the walnut and resin for over a week. But it was worth it, the table is sooo smooth now. Lou wants to sell this, but I’m trying to persuade him to keep it.

Floating Coffee Table – Made By Lou

Our mate Andy from 3rd Edition Furniture (amazing cabinet makers) was having a clear out of his workshop, and kindly gave us a pile of birch ply and oak veneer. So Lou set to work making this floating coffee table. It’s a design based on something he saw on YouTube, and is technically called a “tensegrity construction”. The top table is actually hanging on the middle piece of high-strength fishing line, and the other three fishing lines on each corner are tensioned to just provide stability. Our glass cutting skills are sadly still not up to scratch (we had a few disasters trying), so we had to pay a very nice man at the glass shop £2 to cut this inner triangle piece.

Wardrobe – Made By Lou and Ed

With Lou’s older brother leaving home, he got to move into the bigger bedroom, and this gave him a good excuse to start making more furniture. This loft room has sloping ceilings, so Lou designed this ‘open plan’ wardrobe to perfectly fit into a corner. The frame is welded from 25mm box section steel and then powder coated, and the shelves are walnut veneered. This was the first project we got to use our brand new lovely table saw for which was rather exciting. And as with everything Lou does, of course he had to add Alexa-controlled wifi RGB LED strips recessed under the shelves – it’s now the chintziest and most technically advanced ‘smart’ wardrobe ever.

Studio Console – Made By Lou and Ed

Lou’s good friend Richard is a very fine drummer who built a garden shed to be able to practice his drums in. As well as a drum room, he wanted to create a small music studio and was looking for a suitable studio console for his equipment. So we rummaged around in a builder’s skip in the village and found two pieces of old kitchen work top. We had to glue a few pieces together to get the shape we wanted, but the work top sanded down beautifully and after a few coats of Osmo oil (the best stuff in the world) was as good and smooth as new. Total cost of this project was £16 for the metal legs. Lou gave it to Richard as a 17th birthday preset.

This is where the wood came from…

Resin Coffee Table – Made By Lou

Oak and Resin Desk – Made By Lou

Lou used a large piece of oak that was left over from his GCSE project (see below) to make a bedroom desk. The oak had a large hole which was filled with a special black and gold fleck resin and polished to compliment the smooth oiled oak. He cut and welded the legs from box section steel and then sprayed them black for a sleek finish.

Resin Table – Made By Lou

This was Lou’s GSCE project and made entirely at his school from one single piece of oak. The top is formed from two cuts of the oak, back to back with their ‘live edges’ in the centre. A pour of blue resin bonds the two pieces together and produces a ‘river’ effect running through the table top. A shelf and soft close draw beneath completes the bedside table.

Infinity Tables – Made By Ed and Lou

We already had the bases of these small drinks tables, but decided to have some fun creating new table tops for them. We always fancied having a go at making infinity tables so these gave us the perfect opportunity. They are made using an LED strip sandwiched between a bottom mirror, and a top dark tinted glass. The resulting reflections bouncing between the mirror and tinted glass give an effect of the LED lighting disappearing down into the table as far as you can see. Cups and glasses placed on the table top appear to be floating in mid-air.

Kitchen Unit – Made By Ed and Lou

We wanted to make a quirky kitchen unit using as many recycled bits and pieces as possible, with a sort of ‘building site materials’ theme. The top is made of polished concrete which we formed by pouring into a large mould. The frame is made from scaffolding type tubing (with internal draw frames made from a old shopping trolley). The front panels are old pallet wood, with clay pipes being used for wine storage, and the six side draws are old wine bottle crates that were salvaged from a building site bonfire pile.

Purple Shelf Unit – Made By Ed and Lou

This was a quick ‘up-cycling’ project to transform an old shelf unit into something a little more contemporary. The walnut veneered top and shelf were made from leftover wood from another project, and the old unit just needed a little bashing, cutting, filling, sanding and painting to make it look like new again. Total project cost was £5 (for two ‘tester’ paint pots).