Oly Studio Ichibad Side Table in miniature

by brae  

Here is the side table I built, inspired by the Oly Studio Ichibad Side Table.

My version was made from a premade wood square that measured 1 1/4" across and 1/8" thick and wood spindles called Tiny Turnings.  Mine is a bit larger than a direct 1:12 scale conversion, but that actually works better for the scene it's intended for.

I first drew a 1/8" grid on the square with pencil and then used an X-Acto knife to score along those lines.

I painted the edges and back of the square with black acrylic and then started washing on various paint colors watered down to keep the color transparent (Coffee Bean, Black Cherry and Sunflower by Folk Art; Terra Cotta by Americana; and Barn Red by Apple Barrel).

I had to go over the scored lines again after painting with the X-Acto knife.  I then used two coats of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze by Americana on the top and one coat of Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish on the sides.  My scored lines aren't as obvious as in the inspiration table, but I still like the way it turned out.  Too much surface texture on a mini table can also make it difficult to display things on it.

For the legs, I cut the Tiny Turnings into 2" lengths with the connectors intact.  For the separators, I cut 1 3/16" lengths also with the connectors intact.

I sanded around the ends of the separators with an emery board to make a smaller dowel that would fit into a drilled hole in the leg.

I cut one of the separators in half, splitting the connector in half.  I sanded around the outer ends of the separators but left the inner connector halves as is.

I am not really a fan of brass or gold finishes, so I painted the bottom portion with two coats of Iridescent Silver by Liquitex.  It was a little shiny and new, so I applied a black paint wash over the finish and dabbed away the excess.  It was just enough to add some depth to the color.

I then drilled holes in the bottom of the table for the tops of the legs.

I think it turned out pretty well!  :]  It's a bit rickety, but that's the nature of lightweight materials in miniature.

13 comments

Comment from: craftland [Visitor]

This is a wonderful table. I like it very much. Greetings
Craftland

06/02/11 @ 17:33
Comment from: eliana [Visitor]

I love your blog. Your minis are very perfect. Amazing!

06/02/11 @ 17:35
Comment from: Casey [Visitor]

Well done, Brae! I love the table! It must be a Tiny Turnings day today. I used some too.LOL

06/02/11 @ 18:12
Comment from: Plushpussycat [Visitor]

I like your table very much. It almost has a steampunk look to it–very stylish!

06/02/11 @ 20:01
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :D

06/02/11 @ 23:30
Comment from: susi [Visitor]

Ohhhh¡¡¡ que maravillosa miniatura, es una replica perfecta, muchas felicidades, un beso.
Susi

06/03/11 @ 00:35
Comment from: Tam [Visitor]

Amazing!

06/03/11 @ 04:13
Comment from: Keli Minick [Visitor]

Nicely done. I almost picked up some Tiny Turning at the miniature show, I probably should have.

06/03/11 @ 04:24
Comment from: kim [Visitor]

Incredible! I love it- it turned out really nice.

06/03/11 @ 07:36
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]

This looks fabulous. Would work well in my Fling, too. :)

06/03/11 @ 08:16
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]

Beautiful! Looks just like the REAL one! The way you made the leg assembly is brilliant!

06/03/11 @ 18:31
Comment from: pepper [Visitor]

Wow, turned out very well. I’ve had difficulty in the past trying to find a good silver paint that mimics metal. The Liquitex silver looks great.
May I just say that I am insanely jealous at how lovely your finger nails are ha-ha *goes off to pick superglue and paint from fingers* =0)

06/04/11 @ 04:05
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!

Lyssa - I am sure you could whip one of these little guys together, too! Perhaps our mini residents have the same posh taste!

Pepper - Haha! I work in a corporate environment, so I have to be conscious of my fingernails after crafting…plus I polished them up especially for my cousin’s wedding (I was a bridesmaid). :D

06/04/11 @ 07:55


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