Here is my completed surfboard night stand! I have wanted to do this project for a while, because a summer back I drove this surfboard all the way from my hometown in Newport Beach, CA. And this was the first time a well thought out idea had come to mind during the upcycle project. The table’s final resting place will be next to my bed.
A lot of my inspiration comes from the modern surf style and industrial chic aesthetic. The modern surf aesthetic is not your typical Hawaiian theme, which is classically lily patterns, bamboo, a lot palm frown, and a tropical vibe. The aesthetic I was trying to go for captured the surfer-skater Southern Californian vibe.
Which is more gritty, but still put together in a relaxed fashion, and the two by fours emulate the piers and lifeguard towers look of my area. The L-bracket, large bolts, and piping were meant to emulate the industrial chic aesthetic, because overall I wanted the table to look simple and clean with a main focus being its function. The Industrial chic works as a small design element mixed in with the overall surfer style. I also took some inspiration from the upcycling old snowboards, skiis, and surfboards into everyday furniture to show off your extreme dedication to the sport.
My design progress was a complete loopy mess, because I wanted to go a more artistic route with my design loop. The entire upscale project was an iterative method of “what looked good”, “what is over my head”, and “how could I fix something together a little better”. At the beginning, I took a lot of trips to the local Boulder scrap yard and slowly started to implementing my ideas for what I was going to do. At first I had a completely different idea for the upcycle project.
The original idea was a blue-bird-bath-sink, but I had trouble narrowing down the aesthetic of it. The idea was to kind of copy one of the pinnacle pieces in Dada art, which was about an irrational and anti-cultural art movement. The art piece was made in 1917 by Marcel Duchamp called the Fountain. Moving forward, the idea fell apart due to some trouble nailing down the proper aesthetic and function of the specific piece in my previous post. Later, I pivoted to a more consciously thought out idea of making the surfboard night stand. So I collected this table from my closet and started building it using remnant supplies around my house, ITLL, and boulder scrap yard. I had method to my madness, which was to take each step in the building process evaluate the good, the bad, and the aesthetically pleasing. I do need to mention that I did almost break one of the saws in the ITLL, so extreme caution was taken during the last steps of my final product.
BUILDING THE NIGHTSTAND:
First part of the process was drilling the holes through the fiber glass surfboard, this was a little itchy and messy since I had to ramp the rpm to the max on my drill in order to keep the board from cracking. Next the board was bolted and fasten to two five foot long L-brackets, to act as the major support skeleton for the board and legs.
Next I drilled through the two by fours and fastened them to the L-brackets attached below the surf board.
Doing a quick comparison in my living room, I could tell that the legs were way too tall for being a coffee table or night stand. At this part of the building process I was nervous about using my own electric saw to cut the legs down, because I knew I couldn’t get a really accurate cut.
So, I went to the ITLL to get the properly tolerance cuts made. It was here that I almost destroyed the saw.
At this point in time I used an electric hand-drill to make the pipe slots, so the board could have greater stability and fit more into the industrial chic aesthetic. The earthquake stud (the metal strip in the middle of the board) was fastened into the center to help the structural integrity of the board, by not allowing too much deflection. The metal pipes fit into the slots, but there was some wiggle room so I had hot glue hold the pieces in place. Last I fastened another two by four to the bottom of the legs to add a little more stability and I thought it looked better.
Overall I am very happy about how the table turned out. It covers the basic aesthetic of surfers and industrial chic that I was going for. I do have some future plans to add improvements on to the project, for example: like adding rubber or some sort of dampener in between the surfboard and L-brackets, adding felt to the bottom legs, staining the legs a dark brown, and painting the bolts and metal black to really capture the full industrial chic aesthetic. I believe this piece of furniture will really improve the general feel of my apartment, and captures the essences of upcycling.