Table Top Made With Old Printing Press Type

December 6th, 2008 in member junk     
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I have a thing for old type: wood, metal – whatever. If it’s a letter, I fall all over it…
 
I found
this hand-made welder’s stool at the swap meet for $5, and although the top had
a great patina, I thought a new one was in order. I’ve seen old type used on the
seat of old chairs before and thought I’d give it a try here.  
I
gave the stool a good cleaning and took the old top off to use as a pattern for
a new piece of wood. I cut the wood and spray painted the new top a flat
black. Just a quick bit of advice, like laying tile, whenever you glue type
it’s a really good idea to have a clean and level surface
 
Next, I selected a bunch of letters from my stash of wooden type which I get from my
pal, Al. Many of the larger and more colorful letters were used for printing carnival
posters & billboards and I save them for special projects because they are
hard to find.
 
I
took my time laying out the type – it is as important to fill the space up as
it is to balance the colors and textures. This took some time to do, but is a
fun challenge -and the results are really satisfying.
 
Once I
was happy with the layout, I cleaned and polished each letter with Briwax.
Briwax does a great job of cleaning the wood and bringing out the colors and
grain.  Another aside- if you haven’t
used Briwax on wood yet, do yourself a favor and get some. Next to the WD40 pen
and JB Weld, it’s my favorite product to work with.
I
glued the type back into place per my design and attached the new top to the
stool using the original screws. I opted not to add glass on top of the type because
the Briwax adds such a nice finish.
 
And now
it has a new home as cute little side table next to Mom’s chair in Melissa’s
sewing room.
I have a thing for old type: wood, metal – whatever. If it’s a letter, I fall all over it…

I have a thing for old type: wood, metal – whatever. If it’s a letter, I fall all over it…


 

I have a thing for old type: wood, metal – whatever. If it’s a letter, I fall all over it and find a way to incorporate it into my designs.

I found this hand-made welder’s stool at the swap meet for $5, and although the top had a great patina, I thought a new one was in order. I’ve seen old type used on the seat of old chairs before and thought I’d give it a try here.


Pattern or design used: My own design
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Comments (20)

capawajunker writes: Love it! and I agree that there are some real possibilities for this "type" of application to more furniture and walls. Go for it girl! Posted: 3:34 pm on December 18th
GOT_ART writes: You can find letter types on etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=tag_title_vintage&search_query=printing+press+type
They aren't cheap though.

LOVE the table!!! Posted: 2:06 am on March 21st
CreepinJen writes: Another appreciative printer here.
This piece is just lovely. Great composition and beautiful colors. You've also sold me on the Briwax. Posted: 9:40 pm on February 2nd
Lizaroo writes: Where do you find the letters? I am a graphic designer and I have a passion for letters/fonts! Posted: 1:16 pm on January 15th
wildmary writes: Love it! Posted: 3:55 pm on January 13th
ShaeLeigh writes: This is one of the coolest things I have seen...I love the patina of the colors. What a great idea! Posted: 7:39 pm on January 8th
redneckChic writes: Hi! I'm new here as of today - but you are the reason I stopped to drool!!! I absolutely LOVE your table! I'm going to have to go home and dig out all of my letter presses - thank you for inspiring me! Keep up the GREAT work!

:) Robelyn Posted: 12:41 pm on January 8th
writes: and Janet...
Thanks for the comment on Melissa's quilt :-) Posted: 5:37 pm on December 15th
writes: Janet,
Welcome to the wonderful world of JMS and thanks for taking the time to comment on the table! I used J B Weld (Quick) to adhere them to the new wood backing. I really like that glue and find that it doesn't "expand" like the Gorilla glue. Yes, the sky is the limit on this one and it is a ball fitting the type together in a neat design.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!

Thanks again,

JennyK Posted: 5:36 pm on December 15th
1DesignChick writes: Hello all! New here, but can't help but comment on this fabulous piece! May I ask what type (oops, no pun intentded..) glue did you use? And I guess you used a new piece of wood because of what you said about needing a smooth clean surface for better adherance? Wow! A whole wall! A backsplash! Too cool! Even the "backsplash" to an old hutch or cabinet, book/display shelves, ooh, imagine the possibilities! Oh, or even a door! Love it! I'm inspired!
Janet
(ps: great colors & fabrics on the quilt!)
Posted: 11:30 pm on December 14th
CottageLifestyle writes: This is one of the most creative ideas ever. Love everything about it. Seeing what you have done makes me want to start collecting printing letters.

Renee Posted: 1:29 am on December 13th
GroovyGreenDesigns writes: WOW! That is very interesting and cool. Well done! Posted: 8:23 am on December 11th
georgiamoon writes: Totally amazing as usual! Girl you are TOO good! Love you, geo Posted: 4:43 pm on December 10th
Chovey writes: Ooooh...I LOVE THIS! I have a round top stool like this. Wonder what I could with that? Were your letters different depths? Just love this.
cynthia Posted: 6:10 pm on December 8th
WhisperWood Cottage writes: I agree with catbishop...it's crazy good! Love the welder's stool! With the letters, stunning! With the functionality...brilliant!

Amy Posted: 11:52 pm on December 7th
upyourattic writes: This is just fantastic and I'd bet it would cost hundreds at a shop someplace ~ my dad was a printer and I, too have a thing for all print-related things! This is awesome and looks great next to the chair...thanks for sharing.
Patti Posted: 8:55 am on December 7th
suewhitney writes: Hi Jenny,

Once again... you've done it. Very cool! I love old stools and type too so combining both is brilliant!

Be well,
Sue Posted: 8:44 am on December 7th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: It's truly amazing what the end result looks like. I absolutely love it!

Great job, JennyK! Love your projects.

Candy Posted: 8:44 am on December 7th
Countryinthecity writes: Nice job!! I'm a printer so I have an appreciation for vintage letter press fonts. You did a great job! I just love it. Enjoy!

Sue Posted: 11:02 pm on December 6th
catbishop writes: BRAVO! It's crazy good! Posted: 10:48 pm on December 6th
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