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Inukshuk
02-02-2011, 02:39 PM
Looking for some cool office furniture. Just browsing for the moment. Any suggestions?

Hulk
02-02-2011, 02:47 PM
Ikea is always nice, at decent prices. If you want something nicer, you can talk to Karie (my wife). She sells office furniture for the corporate environment, and has access to some really amazing stuff.

MDH33
02-02-2011, 04:25 PM
Kim and I have Anthro tables/desks in our home office/studio. They're more function than fashion. They're really well built and modular.

Anthro carts (http://www.anthro.com/stands.aspx?computer-cart=creative)

Beater
02-02-2011, 05:49 PM
have it built. at least the conference table. it's only money

waggoner5
02-02-2011, 06:10 PM
One day when Im rich and famous.....

Inukshuk
02-02-2011, 07:51 PM
Kim and I have Anthro tables/desks in our home office/studio. They're more function than fashion. They're really well built and modular.

Impressive. Not the look I'd be going for, though the idea of quick conversion to standing desk is nice. I like those.

have it built. at least the conference table. it's only money

I was considering that. A glass topped steel frame for example. Like square tube steel wire wheeled and clearcoated. Something incorporating building materials could be cool since I do real estate work.

I'm not looking at conference tables, but rather a desk (and I like the table type) and then a side or facing piece for the monitors and keyboard tray.

There are so many things on Craigslist that there is no need for me to even look at new, unless its a screaming deal.

Inukshuk
02-02-2011, 07:52 PM
One day when Im rich and famous.....

That is cool :thumb:

gahi
02-02-2011, 09:09 PM
I was considering that. A glass topped steel frame for example. Like square tube steel wire wheeled and clearcoated. Something incorporating building materials could be cool since I do real estate work.

I'm building some stuff similar to what your talking about but with a more industrial feel right now. Most with darkish stained wood and steel, but one with glass surface on the steel frame. I'll take some pics tomorrow.

Inukshuk
02-02-2011, 10:28 PM
I'm building some stuff similar to what your talking about but with a more industrial feel right now. Most with darkish stained wood and steel, but one with glass surface on the steel frame. I'll take some pics tomorrow.

Its in an old converted warehouse building in LoDo. Industrial would fit right in.

Woodsman
02-03-2011, 06:08 AM
Desks usually have a height of approx 29" and dining tables are usually 29-30". I think you'll want to look more at dining tables for your main table and then a small office/computer desk with keyboard tray for the side unit.

CB2 might be worth a look. http://www.cb2.com/dining/

I like their "Bolt" dining table which is very industrial and usable as a desk.
http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=202&f=5578

Here's a table they have with top made of railroad ties from India.
http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=202&f=4662

You might also check out Crate and Barrel for units like this.
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/furniture/dining-tables/parsons-bamboo-steel-72x42-dining-table/s165835

I also like the rustic look but not with the typical pine poles which are most common especially out west. Here in Indiana we use hickory poles with bark. At my previous job, we used to do a lot of overflow work for the largest manufacturer of hickory pole furniture http://www.oldhickory.com/ You will find their furniture in may state and national park lodges including Yosemite, Yellowstone, North/South Rims of the Grand Canyon, etc.

They have a nationwide network of dealers and I'm sure several are in your general locality. Tables - http://www.oldhickory.com/html/dining.html

Hope that helps !

DaveInDenver
02-03-2011, 08:18 AM
We got our computer desk from Room & Board (dining room table is same model, different size). They have a showroom up in Cherry Creek. Parsons is the model, semi-customizable for frame material, top material, height, size, etc. Another nice thing that it was made in Minnesota.

http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=19581&catalog=filter&menuCatalog=room&menuSubcategory=213146

http://s7d4.scene7.com/is/image/roomandboard/477922_C?$truvu0$&wid=500

Inukshuk
02-03-2011, 08:39 AM
I like the clean lines on all of these. You are the second person to refer me to CB2

I like their "Bolt" dining table which is very industrial and usable as a desk.
http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=202&f=5578

I like it a lot. Bolted together angle and bar would be super easy to fab and install. This one has the sides welded and crosspieces bolted.

Here's a table they have with top made of railroad ties from India.
http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=202&f=4662

You might also check out Crate and Barrel for units like this.
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/furniture/dining-tables/parsons-bamboo-steel-72x42-dining-table/s165835

I also like the rustic look but not with the typical pine poles which are most common especially out west. Here in Indiana we use hickory poles with bark. At my previous job, we used to do a lot of overflow work for the largest manufacturer of hickory pole furniture http://www.oldhickory.com/ You will find their furniture in may state and national park lodges including Yosemite, Yellowstone, North/South Rims of the Grand Canyon, etc.

They have a nationwide network of dealers and I'm sure several are in your general locality. Tables - http://www.oldhickory.com/html/dining.html

Hope that helps !

Very helpful. I think the room size would benefit from a glass top, though I like all the others. Its good to have these all to compare because the Old Hickory and the bamboo would not be the right look for this office but the bolt would. If I make it, with with the help of some RSers or metal guys I have used before, I can build to just the right size (probably 60-72 long, 24-30 deep) and match a side piece, with a bracket for a keyboard tray.

gahi
02-03-2011, 09:11 AM
Here are some pics. I'm building these for the new Spa my wife is opening. The desk will be the reception desk and will have a cash drawer on the bottom, and laptop, credit card, phone on top. Its 5 ft wide and 30" at its widest.

The are also a few of the carts (they will all have casters) that will be used in the treatment rooms to hold stone and towel warmers. But something similar could be used for printer/fax and file cabinets.

All the wood will be stained in a dark walnut color. The steel will be left raw. I'm also building a big 7' x 8' asymmetrical shelving unit for retail display, and smaller console table witha glass top for the tea bar, and some other small stuff.

http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq360/moabbuzz/P1020947.jpg
http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq360/moabbuzz/P1020948.jpg
http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq360/moabbuzz/P1020952.jpg

Inukshuk
02-03-2011, 10:08 AM
Here are some pics. I'm building these for the new Spa my wife is opening.

really nice. Similar aesthetic to what I envision. For mine I am liking the angle and flat bar (probably 3/8 thick 3-4" tall) combo.


Any recommendations on places to get 1/2 plate glass made in or near Denver?

gahi
02-03-2011, 10:39 AM
Any recommendations on places to get 1/2 plate glass made in or near Denver?

I'm trying my local glass shop, they say they can handle it.

gahi
02-03-2011, 10:44 AM
one thing to keep in mind when designing, I guess people get a little self-conscious about there legs/feet under the table. For example when someone approaches from a distance, the table top is not there to block view. So something there to either block or distract the eye will make them feel better. It could also hide towers and other big peices.

Beater
02-03-2011, 12:37 PM
well, that is the sort of thing I do there big guy, my production is limited due to my hand, but I can show you a portfolio if you want..

I have done a lot of desk's tables using re-claimed materials, which adds to the uniquness. call me if you like

Inukshuk
02-03-2011, 12:52 PM
well, that is the sort of thing I do there big guy, my production is limited due to my hand, but I can show you a portfolio if you want..

I have done a lot of desk's tables using re-claimed materials, which adds to the uniquness. call me if you like

I already had you in mind. ;)

gahi
02-03-2011, 02:15 PM
I always liked the stuff made by Herman Miller. Break out the checkbook though.
http://www.hermanmiller.com/MarketFacingTech/hmc/products/Eames_Lounge_Chair_and_Ottoman/photo_gallery_eames_lounge_2.jpg

http://www.hermanmiller.com/Work

google French Industrial Furniture

Isnt there a big recycled building material place in Commerce City? I'd go look around there and get some ideas.

If I had a big rivet gun, and a forge I'd be making some different stuff

Hulk
02-03-2011, 02:16 PM
We got our computer desk from Room & Board (dining room table is same model, different size).

We have the kitchen table that looks like this, with a solid maple top.

nuclearlemon
02-03-2011, 02:25 PM
hijack, if anyone is looking for a coffee table in square stock with about a 3/4" glass top, i've got one i'll sell for less than the cost of the glass.

Woodsman
02-04-2011, 05:56 AM
Get at least two or three quotes on your glass. There can be huge differences in suppliers. I get my best prices from a wholesale supplier to the store fixture industry that doesn't deal with residential type stuff. Before you give them the actual order, it would be best to see samples of their polished edges to confirm your desired shape but also the quality of the polishing. I've seen polishing that looked more like sanding. Don't know how well you know the guy at William Ohs but maybe he could give you a source.

Inukshuk
02-07-2011, 02:00 PM
John and I met Saturday and plan to hit a scrapyard this coming Saturday to look for pieces from which to make supports. In case you have not seen it, his steel artwork and furniture is amazing.

Because his hand is in a cast I may put out a call for some extra welding hands when it comes to fabrication time.

Anyone have any heavy steel they are looking to get rid of? Old worn out axles? 80 control arms? birfields? Gears? Flywheels? Post up a picture.

DaveInDenver
02-07-2011, 03:03 PM
Anyone have any heavy steel they are looking to get rid of? Old worn out axles? 80 control arms? birfields? Gears? Flywheels? Post up a picture.
Funny you mention this, I was thinking just this morning of putting a bunch of spare junk out for scrap. Would you care if it's old IFS mini truck parts?

Beater
02-07-2011, 03:14 PM
I can still hold a gtaw/smaw, its opening a beer that's hard!!

nuclearlemon
02-07-2011, 05:10 PM
I can still hold a gtaw/smaw, its opening a beer that's hard!!

that would truly suck

Inukshuk
03-05-2011, 11:10 AM
Sorry to not have replied to this sooner. Missed it. Anyway we are going with a non-truck parts design.
Funny you mention this, I was thinking just this morning of putting a bunch of spare junk out for scrap. Would you care if it's old IFS mini truck parts?


Tomorrow we weld!
Thursday I picked up the 4,000 Watt Laser cut 3/8 steep plate for the tops and bottoms of the pedestals and Friday some other bits. (Its nice to have friends with custom sheet metal fabrication businesses - not Nathanial this time but I know I could have asked).

PM, call or e-mail be if you want to know when and drop by to watch or help. Location is near Colorado and 8th.

Inukshuk
03-06-2011, 06:45 PM
No welding today, but prep went well.

1. 4,000 watt laser that cut the bases and tops. In the foreground is the lift arm, middle is the table which then slides into the laser enclosure. this thing can pick up sheets up to something like an inch thick.
2. Bases and tops - .375 plate
3. Beater doing mock up time - those are 2" solid bars.
4. No explanation needed. Also, in the background are the "negatives" from which the bases and tops were cut.

rover67
03-06-2011, 06:52 PM
Looks like a lot of fun guys :)

Looking good!!

ianacole
03-06-2011, 11:43 PM
Anyone have any heavy steel they are looking to get rid of? Old worn out axles? 80 control arms? birfields? Gears? Flywheels? Post up a picture.

I have a bunch of old galvanized antenna steel you're welcome to get ... 6' - 8' lengths, I think 3" OD diameter round 3/16" thick, perhaps, and may still have some galvanized angle iron and box. Heavy duty stuff for comm antennas on the top of buildings. Also a whole bunch of different truck and car parts, axles, leaf springs, etc., and a 305 block. You're welcome to come rummage through the garage.

Inukshuk
10-08-2011, 11:33 PM
I see I never posted the final product. Its :thumb: I also got some even bigger glass today for the new office (Tip: craigslist. There are two full 3/4 tables now for $150-$200 but 3/8 is plenty thick and plenty heavy enough. 3/4 is insane!)

But today the movers apparently did not follow instructions. :mad: Fortunately its re-weldable and they shall have to pay the bill. (don't know why the last two are upside-down.

I'll post more when fixed and all set-up.

Its waaaaay cool. Beater rocks.

Woodsman
10-09-2011, 07:15 AM
That's a shame. What were those round pieces originally from ?

I once hired laborers from Mayflower to unload, sort and place a semi load of granite tops around a factory store complex (http://www.longaberger.com/homestead.aspx). They didn't break any of the 200+ pieces but . . . I also assigned one of my project managers to supervise them every step of the way. I would've never expected them to break steel/welded parts.

Dr. Schlegs
10-09-2011, 08:07 AM
Very cool. John do you have a website of all your work?

Beater
10-09-2011, 09:08 AM
looks like the cast let go. I should be able to v-groove it and fill. let me know what works - probably 4-5 hrs labor for your mover bill.

rover67
10-09-2011, 10:02 AM
Cool! nice to see the shapes in real life!

Inukshuk
10-09-2011, 10:04 PM
That's a shame. What were those round pieces originally from ?

The rings are offset manhole cover rings. 125 lbs each of cast iron. Cast to mild steel is very difficult to weld, but john is a pro.

I think these movers just were too rough. Glad they did not crack the rings!

looks like the cast let go. I should be able to v-groove it and fill. let me know what works - probably 4-5 hrs labor for your mover bill.

Movers told our office manager as soon as they broke and they know they gotta pay, so that's cool. Looks like we'll be drinking beers in your garage again soon!

Cool! nice to see the shapes in real life!

Hopefully we'll be having a party there soon too - 15th & Larimer.

Yesterday I scored a 42 x 72 piece of 1/2 glass from craigslist for $75 (plus 6 chairs and a table base that my neighbor took) This will be setup sweet soon.

ALL THANKS TO JOHN HENLEY! :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

Rezarf
10-10-2011, 09:12 AM
looks cool, its very unique!

Beater
10-10-2011, 09:21 AM
That's a shame. I would've never expected them to break steel/welded parts.

well, I have built a lot of things out of metal, a lot of them being "non-structural" or sculpture. It's a common misconception that just because something is welded or metal, that it is "un-breakable".

Cast iron itself is inherently extremely unstable. It is very porous and brittle, as well as very inflexible. Mild steel, or even up to 1020 grade, is very flexible by contrast. Cast also doesn't do well with vibration or shock.

If I were to guess, this piece was strapped in a weird way when transported, but not to secured to the floor/side, or it simply was knocked over onto the ground by accident.

Ask any custom metal guy, and they will tell you that be it sculpture, railings, or grates, or even large tank assemblies, that transport is their biggest nightmare.

My neighbor build assemblies for sewage treatment plants. They transport all of their own pieces simply due to the liability of transport.

metal's perceived strength is both a blessing and a curse from a product perspective.

Inukshuk
10-10-2011, 11:52 PM
If I were to guess, this piece was strapped in a weird way when transported, but not to secured to the floor/side, or it simply was knocked over onto the ground by accident.

I had all this in mind when I put a big note on the pieces and our office staff knew and did tell the movers. These ride so well on a hand cart or dolly that I was not too concerned, but as we now know, I should have been.