Industrial Table [WRECKAGE]

April 15th, 2019 in member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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I’m going for that 19th century factory look. I painted numbers on the bins to keep the parts in order...CRAZY!
Bin No.627...vintage bottle openers.
It’s big, heavy and has the rustiest finish I’ve ever created.
Raw materials: 

Steel angles and straps 
Nuts and bolts 

I was a little suspicious of a trailer full of inexpensive steel at the flea market...but I guess not suspicious enough.
The old, tin supermarket sign is my next [WRECKAGE] furniture project.

Cut, drilled and it’s time to wreck it.

By the way, that was enough drilling…I bought welding equipment for my next piece.
Bin No.628...vintage shoe horns.

The most incredible piece of junk lumber I’ve ever found. Its been cleaned and waxed…that’s all. Holes, paint, splatters and gouges are all original.
Vintage, metal gasoline price numbers...just because theyre old.
The entire frame was painted green and then trashed…in a good way.

I constructed the parts tray from pine...looks nice huh?

You know I can’t leave well enough alone. Painted, beat, splattered and dripped on…I just plain ruined it.
Remember...19th century factory look.
I’m going for that 19th century factory look. I painted numbers on the bins to keep the parts in order...CRAZY!
Bin No.627...vintage bottle openers.

I’m going for that 19th century factory look. I painted numbers on the bins to keep the parts in order...CRAZY!

Bin No.627...vintage bottle openers.



Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2010)

Here’s the latest piece of furniture created from my debris field. I found an old wooden workbench top at an estate sale a few months ago. That’s all the inspiration I needed to build a table. After acquiring all the steel to construct the base from one of the shadier flea markets, I was ready to start cutting and drilling. Once the main frame was assembled the steel was painted green. Then, the fun part…make it look old…really old. I went for that 19th century factory look, so there are lots of chips, peeling paint and rust. I built a “parts tray” for the base and numbered the compartments…gotta keep that factory look going. The tray was painted and then completely trashed. It’s chipped, gouged, stained and splattered…a complete wreck.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy (JunkArchitect - copyright 2010)
posted in: member junk, metal, wood, furniture, industrial, farm, dining room, table, office, historical, workbench, jim healy, junk architect

Comments (30)

just_old_stuff writes: YES...this is industrial! The top is fantastic and your distressing of the base is remarkable. There's a spot in my bedroom where it would fit perfectly if you ever decide you don't have room for it anymore...haha. I Loooove it, Jim Posted: 5:18 pm on March 9th
gadgetsponge writes: You are truly a master of distressing. Posted: 6:13 am on March 8th
Kosmas_Hellas writes: You are an amazing junk transformer. Posted: 1:44 am on February 29th
Dinantiques writes: Jim, your table looks so authentically vintage that it's hard to believe it was assembled from new steel parts. Whatever you do to age the steel is pure artistry. If you hadn't shown the before and after photos of the parts tray it would be hard to believe it wasn't actually old. The antiquing, splatters and oil stains are straight out of an old machine shop. Oh how I love this table! Posted: 6:59 pm on February 28th
JunkArchitect writes: Thanks for all your amazing comments! I'm working on another industrial table, this time with a vintage commercial laundry theme. I should have it done in the next few weeks.


Posted: 5:09 am on February 22nd
Dominique writes: Oooh yes! This table and your Coca-Cola kitchen pantry are my favorite pieces of all time. The rusty finish is fabulous, the color is amazing, and the top is to die for. You really do need to publish a book with your painting/distressing techniques. My God, this table is beautifully trashed! Posted: 10:23 am on February 17th
clarerose writes: This would have to be my favorite thing on the whole site, just fabulous :) Posted: 1:26 am on August 11th
NW_CornerOfTheAttic writes: Holy smokes dude, is this cool! I know this is from last fall but I'll happily bump this in case folks have not seen it. It's all really fantastic and right up my alley. Love that beat up old slab of wood on your green distressed frame. Lettering on the bins are a great touch too.

Overall really fantastic! Posted: 3:42 pm on February 18th
cherishd writes: I LOVE it! Such beautfilu work. Wow, sure would love that in my studio! (Well when I get a studio!) Amazing craftmanship and paint work... Great job! Posted: 10:13 am on October 7th
itsnotjunk2me writes: AWESOME as usual- love the "aging" worked cuz it really looks aged!

Posted: 5:25 pm on September 21st
chippingcharm writes: Another inspiring post Jim! Such an awesom piece and I love how you incorporated your "collections". Wow, again! Laurel Posted: 7:53 am on September 9th
wdbflorida writes: Great piece, I love it. Posted: 8:50 pm on September 7th
Grasshopper22 writes: Well, after 10 minutes of trying to log/load onto this site...I finally got to post!!!! This seems to be the only site lately that takes FOREVER! Don't know why???

Anyway, great interesting and unique :) Talent my friend you have, bottle caps and shoe horns?? Are you making shoe's for Irish Leprechauns and then painting them green?? The numbers also mean something...well only in the mind of an artist/creator...Great job

Grasshopper :) Posted: 7:29 pm on September 7th
RustyDiva writes: You have amazingly awesome mad skills Jim!!! I only dream of such creations. I think it is perfectly "ruined".

Kenda Posted: 5:04 pm on September 7th
oldnews writes: A-MAZING! Everytime I think it can't get better, it does! Wow! Marie Posted: 2:20 pm on September 7th
ninnarae writes: is simply perfect...I love everything about it! Posted: 10:52 am on September 7th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM,
What a remarkable piece.Great job and one to really be proud of.GOD BLESS, and have a nice day. Robert, Posted: 8:36 am on September 7th
sandyrae writes: Jim, even your pictures look like art, I'd hang them on the wall right over that table if it were mine... could it be mine? Pretty please?! Posted: 8:27 am on September 7th
Prior writes: another great job! I love it~~~ Lezlee Posted: 1:34 am on September 7th
alicemom writes: You are the bomb! I know I love & gush about each piece BUT this really is the best!!! I love love love it! Again you have out done yourself!
smiles, alice Posted: 11:27 pm on September 6th
byabpryor writes: Another artistic piece. You have great vision Jim.

. Posted: 9:07 pm on September 6th
OnEaglesWings writes: "You trashed it"! Posted: 4:19 pm on September 6th
Man_ito_ba writes: VerY Nice Posted: 3:27 pm on September 6th
georgiamoon writes: OH. MY. GOD. I have to try to censure myself, cause all I can think of is "that is so $%#*#@& COOL"!!! The finish on this piece is total perfection. It looks like it has been around for 100 years. The tray is amazing too. How do you do it? You need to publish a book on finishes and'd make a warehouse full of cash with your industrial and distressing techniques. Plus, then we'd know how to do it too...sounds like a win-win situation for all of us. This is your best piece yet and that is saying something! You keep outdoing yourself my friend. I LOVE IT, Georgia
PS your house looks better than ever! Posted: 2:36 pm on September 6th
junktiqueboutique writes: Love this. Fantastic job!!! Posted: 2:34 pm on September 6th
RichManJunkMan writes: The table looks amazing, a work of mastery. Posted: 10:55 am on September 6th
TracyMB writes: I wonder what the original owner of the table top would think when he saw his beat up work bench transformed into a beloved sofa table? He would probably love it... his wife -- not so much. :) Fabulous job!! Posted: 10:55 am on September 6th
EmmasNookandGranny writes: Impressive!! That's the best wreckage I have ever seen!!

~Marge Posted: 10:47 am on September 6th
DownHomeDIY writes: I love how you "ruined" everything. I wish I was a fly on a wall that could watch you create all your amazing pieces and finishes. The table top was a great inpiration piece. Posted: 10:35 am on September 6th
upyourattic writes: Let me be the first to say WOW! This piece is remarkable and it does look really old! You did a great job, as always! Thanks for sharing and Have a great Labor Day! Posted: 9:49 am on September 6th
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