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I usually don’t post on the weekends, but I will be on a plane all day tomorrow. I have been trying to find a good deal on some used Eero Saarinen side tables but it seems so is everyone else. I came across a pair of old Bose speaker stands and thought humm, those look really close. So I picked them up for $70 for the pair. I really wanted to do these on the cheap until I could buy the real thing. I used some fiber board, $8 at the big box store. All I had was a router and I needed something round and close to the size I needed for a template. I used the top of my kids laundry hamper from Ikea. I then cut the tops, sanded and a coat of black paint that I already had and presto my fake “temporary” Eero Saarinen side tables. See the final result after the jump.

Eero Saarinen modern diy

Eero Saarinen modern diy

Eero Saarinen modern diy

Eero Saarinen modern diy

Eero Saarinen modern diy

UPDATE!

Since this post I have had one of the stands powder coated white and found a small marble table top for it at my local second hand store. Looks like I need to paint the wood rim underneath.

Eero Saarinen modern diy

Eero Saarinen modern diy

Eero Saarinen modern diy



 


  • http://www.amidstmod.blogspot.com Jem N’ Tonic

    That looks really nice! I can’t believe you found mdf board so cheap. I’ve found that the MDF board was usually in the 20 -30 dollar range in the states. Here in Chile that board is about double.

    You made out well.

  • JD

    Nice work!

  • http://modfrugal.com/ ModFruGal

    Nice job!

  • http://capree.blogspot.com CapreeK

    Nicely done, Tyler! A bit of a random question for you – I really like the carpet in these photos, can you tell me anything more about it? We’re looking for some new carpet for our upstairs. Thanks! :D

  • Tyler

    Capree, The carpet was in our house when we moved in, let me do some digging as I know where the previous owner bought it.

  • http://capree.blogspot.com CapreeK

    That would be great, thanks!

  • http://www.x4duros.com tururu

    good job!! congratulations

    all the best from Madrid

  • Niall

    They look great, well done! Do you know the model number or name of the speaker stands?

  • Niall

    It’s ok found them – Bose ps-6

  • http://www.isit5oclock.com M. Wanzer

    Great Vision, I never would have thought to do that. I am a little confused, did you have to cut the wood to be round, or did you buy round pieces. Hope thats not a dumb question.

  • Tyler

    M. WANZER, I did look around for pre cut round wood but to no avail so I had to use a router to cut them.

  • http://kdesignstudio.com k

    Thanks for posting this! I just picked up a pair of stands and plan on building the tables using the birch top from ikea’s SNUDDA lazy susan-removing the ball bearing base. We wouldn’t want those cocktails to go flying off the edges. Can’t wait, these are going to be Sexy!

  • Tyler

    K, sounds like they are going to turn out great! I wish I could have found pre cut round pieces of wood.

  • http://sporkintherd.blogspot.com Spork in the Road

    It looks like Target isn’t far behind you, I was just in a Target store yesterday and saw a whole collection of these gems in assorted colors, though I’m sure they don’t have the same quality your table does-

    http://www.target.com/Trumpet-Table-Black/dp/B0015MET90/qid=1247071995/ref=br_1_5/192-0029969-5229660?ie=UTF8&node=14234671&frombrowse=1&rh=&page=1

  • http://www.switchtoriches.com Jim L.

    Nice Tables…but tell me…Why do they have to be temporary? So what if they’re fake? Just because they are not a known style doesn’t mean they’re not worthy. Great job with the tables!

  • Tyler

    Jim, at this point the only thing I would change is the tops. If I could find a good deal on a piece of round marble I would jump on it.

  • rms386

    How did you attach the MDF to the base? Would small screws be stable enough to hold the table together through prolonged use?

  • Tyler

    rms386, Yes I just used really short screws and it seems to be working fine.

  • http://www.chairfag.com chairfag

    COOL!
    i cant tell from your shooting angle, but did you bevel the underside edge or just leave it square? i know its a difficult bevel and not many shops have a blade to do it right… nice idea though.

  • Tyler

    chairfag, I left it square, the bit alone was $35. I had one of the basses powder coated a gloss white and I think I will bevel a new top for that one.

  • http://plastolux sherry

    You are truely an inspiration to us all, especcially when trying to find a good deal on a modern classic. I myself am from Canada, so getting a good deal is sometimes hard to come by. I will in fact use your idea, although I sourced out the stands and I will be looking at around $170 CND but still thats not bad to have a pair of tight looking end tables!!!! Thanks again for sharing your creative side with us all…………….Sherry

  • Tyler

    Sherry, thanks so much! Send us some pictures when you get yours done.

  • http://plastolux sherry

    well, you might have to wait awhile, I’m in the process of builing my house and am currently living with my in-laws. They have been so generous with their space I’d hate to start turning their garage into my personal work shop considering all of our stuff is stored there. I will indeed though put up some pics if I ca figure out how to…

  • http://www.yahoo.com Great

    What’s the circumference and thickness of the table top? Looks well proportioned with the stand. Nice… I will definitely try it. Thanks!

  • Tyler

    Great, I think the circumference is 18″ and the thickness is quarter inch

  • http://www.robertwyrod.com Robert

    such a great idea! thank you. I am actually going to follow your suggestion to make speaker stands actually! can’t find anything remotely interesting and this is the perfect solution!

  • http://www.sewheidi.com Heidi

    WOW, those are so great! We have tulip chairs and have been hunting high and low for a tulip dining table…not that these would work because they are too small, but I love the idea of incorporating them into our living room. Where did you find the pair for $70? Can only seem to find them on Amazon for about $70 each. Nice job, absolutely LOVE it!

  • Tyler

    Heidi, I found them on eBay. Be careful as I have seen some of these speaker stands have a seam where it begins to flare out. Sense this post I have found a couple of small round stone tops at the local thrift shops.

  • http://www.sewheidi.com Heidi

    Great, thanks so much. I will keep my eyes peeled for a set, and in the meantime keep hunting for the matching dining table too! Just spent some time browsing through all of your other posts – your work is great and I admire your sense of style! I actually bumped into your site a while back and made some of the cut wine bottles. Not having access to sand blasting, I did some glass etching which came out cool (not quite as nice as yours). My favorite is actually a set I made (not cut) for oil and vinegar, just etching those two words on 2 wine bottles, bought some liquor pouring spouts at the liquor store and they work great! Keep up the good work – you are now on my RSS feed and I look forward to more posts!

  • Tyler

    Thanks Heidi!

  • la-muy-aca

    very impressive, great work !

  • lise kelli

    hi Tyler
    i just scored a set of stands for 130.00
    well worth it in my opinion, i am from Canada
    so things are always harder to get
    I am so excited to get going on these tables,
    just dreaming of the possibilitys is fun
    thanks for the idea
    lise

  • Tyler

    lise kelli, cool what are you going to use for the tops? I have now powder coated one of mine white, and found a marble top at a second hand shop.

  • lise kelli

    wow cool marble top @second hand store?
    i can only dream…
    did you put it together? do you have pics?
    are you going to sell?
    i am going to keep my eye out for marble top, but i will so far paint it black, i saw one that had large flower petals painted on top it was a white table with large black flower petals in a flower shape
    i like that

  • lise kelli

    i was wondering how would you attach marble top
    i was also thinking of painting it a metallic silver, the top that is

  • Tyler

    lise kelli, the top I found already had a small round piece of wood attached to the bottom. You may have to use construction adhesive and mount a small piece of wood to the bottom. I will try and update with a pic.

  • lise

    looks superb how very nice, i was checking out prices of reproductions holy moly!

  • http://sewheidi.com Heidi B

    I just scored a vintage chrome base for a dining table on Craig’s List for $60 – wow, I am so stoked as I’ve been watching for months and have not had any luck. Just takes time! The chrome is not in the best of shape, and needs so reworking and polishing and TLC, but the price was right and I’m willing to put in the elbow grease. Am thinking about having a circular piece of wood covered in formica for the top. 2 questions:

    1. Any tips/thoughts about DIY chrome refinishing? I have done some googling but thought I’d ask a trusted source (needs more work that the post about the Eames DCM chairs that you did vinegar and foil on).
    2. Any tips/thoughts about the table top? I’m not set in stone with a formica one, although the price seems to be right as I don’t have enough to spend for a nice white marble top, and glass won’t be a good option as the top of the base is not very pretty, so just wanted to see if anyone had any other solutions.

    LOVE the blog, thanks Plastolux/Tyler!!!
    2.

  • Tyler

    Heidi B, Is the base chrome plated or is it just polished aluminum? If the chrome plating is bad enough, they will probably have to strip it off and either re-chrome it or you could have it powder coated. If the base is polished aluminum you should be able to just re-polish it. If you wanted to go a cheaper route you could just have them sand blast or remove the chrome and then you could paint or pray it yourself with a high gloss paint.

    For the top your most cost effective route will probably be the formica top. To give it the real look get a router bit that will angle the bottom edge inward just like the real table tops.

  • http://sewheidi.com Heidi B

    Thanks Tyler for the QUICK response. So I just did the magnet test, and it seems as though the stem part is chrome (magnet stuck) and the base part is aluminum (no stick). So, I may just want to have it sand blasted and the spray paint it myself? Is there a completely DIY solution for this? I do have an extensive workshop with tools (no sandblaster though…it’s on the list!) and am tight on cash, so am trying to not spend too much. Thanks for the tip on the table top, I will route the bottom edge and actually already have a good collection of bits.

  • lise

    hi tyler
    the marble top you have, what size is it, i have the opportunity to get a marble top for 30.00 it is 15.5 inches, i am wondering if it will balance, also there is one that is 24 inches, can i ask your opinion, would either work?
    lise

  • Tyler

    lise, 15.5″ will look too small. I think mine are 18″? I would for sure go with the 24″

  • lise

    lol it is fifteen and half inches
    lise
    thanks for quick response

  • lise kelli

    ooh i apologize on the email i received it says 5.5 inches too small but on this blog it says 15.5 anyway enough blathering, thanks again for you time and knowledge
    lise

  • lise kelli

    i finally got the tables together the tops are fifteen inches but i only paid twenty for both so…
    http://img1.classistatic.com/cps/kj/110606/995r3/15479fh_20.jpeg
    http://img1.classistatic.com/cps/kj/110606/995r1/88211k1_20.jpeg
    lise

  • Tyler

    lise, NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like the black and white combo.

  • lise kelli

    is it in bad to ask what you think the value might be if i decide to sell if it is in bad taste i apologize

  • Tyler

    lise, I wouldn’t say in bad taste. Look at the price of knock off’s and maybe that would give you a better idea as to price.

  • petra

    This is brilliant!

  • Modemotions

    What is the going price to powder coat the pair? I’d like to compare to FL prices. ThanksTy!

  • Plastolux

    Actually at my place of employment we powder coated so there wasn’t any cost. Sorry


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