Rusty - 1/13/2015 at 09:37 PM
When the house across the street from me was under construction, I asked the workers if I could have the cut-out from the round window.
I'm a hack as an artist, and not a furniture craftsman at all - but the cutout just said "table" to me.
I ad-libbed a painting on top inspired by the flora and fauna of my new home on St. Simons Island, GA.
I decided to go with a "Green" theme and make the rest of the table entirely out of trash and construction cast-offs from the job site.
I made the table legs with scraps from the upright sections of the front porch bannisters.
I used newspaper and other scraps to make paper mache' critters resembling animals that I've seen around my neighborhood!
I painted the gator to look like a real alligator about the same size (a yearling). I used clam shells to texture his back and for his eyes.
I tried to make a snake that resembled the two corn snakes that I found mating on my deck last spring.
I made this turtle out of paper and the lid from a frozen yogurt container (also from the site). I really should have studied real turtles a little more before painting it!
While drying my hands, I shaped the paper towel into a lizard shape. I paper mache'd it, painted it with acrylic and now it feels like a little plastic toy lizard!
I didn't know what to do with the rough wood edges of the table, so I just glued on more clam shells!
Like I said, this has more to do with art (insane, crazy man Folk Art) than fine furniture building. But I weigh about 185 lbs. and was able to stand on top of it and jump up and down without it breaking! You'd never attempt that on a piece of Chippendale!
The only other materials that I used were some wood screws and some E-6000 craft glue that my wife had laying around. I also applied a thick, clear lacquer to the top (a two-part mix that I got at the art store).
heineken515 - 1/13/2015 at 09:40 PM
Damn Rusty, nice.
And all I do in my spare time is surf this website.
Rusty - 1/13/2015 at 09:49 PM
I loved your Taliban tie joke!