Letterpress Coffee Table

Letterpress coffee table
Graeme’s conversation-piece coffee (or beer) table

Long-time Metal Type contributor Graeme How, from New Zealand, has found a great way of displaying his old letterpress memorabilia.

Says Graeme: “I have a typecase with type and also some printing blocks, Intertype border slides and mats which I rescued when The Wairoa Star changed to offset in 1977. I was having a cleanout recently and decided to build a coffee table using what I had saved. The glass table-top had to be removed so the reflections would not be photographed.

If you look closely there is a lino slug with ‘Linotype The Film – 2012’ cast. The type is 42 point Gloucester Bold Condensed. A lot of the type is missing.
The timber used on the table legs etc is a New Zealand native called Matai. The indents where the screws are were left unfilled to keep the industrial look. The timber is finished with a clear decking stain. Probably be more beer glasses placed on the table than coffee mugs.”
Here are some close-ups:
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