I think old cream separators are a work of art. This is an old DeLaval electric cream separator that I don't use but do love. I use a smaller hand crank one. I hated seeing it sit in our basement collecting dust. We happened to have this empty space in our new addition just calling out for a bar height table to go with some bar stools we weren't using at our cabin. The top of the cream bowl was just the right height for a table top. It took me all of a minute to decide this would make a great table base and a conversation piece. With a little time on my hands a lots of wood scraps I got to work. Some friends of ours gave us some leftover sycamore tongue and groove flooring years ago and we hadn't found a use for it yet. It was pretty easy to put together and the wood is just beautiful. I love the grain.
The edges needed to be finished because I didn't like how thin it looked or how the two ends showed the tongue and groove. Our barns are full of goodies and I found some leftover trim from when the builders were doing our baseboards. It was just the right thickness for a heavier look to the table.
Because I'm not a fine woodworker I screwed it on and then filled the holes with wood filler. Because of this I had to stain the table. It took away a little of the beauty of the natural wood but it still looks ok, I think. I sealed it with a couple coats of polyurethane.
It wasn't sturdy enough sitting on just the milk bowl so I had to figure out a way to make it sit more solidly.
After much experimenting I decided to buy some 3 prong hairpin legs. I wish I could say I made them myself but I didn't. Maybe soon. I'm signing up for a welding class in August. Then James will be in lots of trouble. I'm really happy with the legs. I probably could have gotten away with using just 2 but I think I'll keep 4 on. Here it is completed. It's nice being able to put your feet on the cream separator. I didn't damage it in any way and it could still be used to separate cream.
Some of my ideas are good and some are questionable. Remember that floor lamp I built from random objects a while back? This week it got a new hat. I have a feeling this lamp will be ever-changing.
It sits beside our very useful tom-tom side table.