This is a beautiful heavy duty cast iron machine base from the US Industrial Age topped with a custom butcher-block style table top made from reclaimed white oak.
The table was in rough & rusty condition when we found it, showing several coats of green paint and some yellow pin striping. The table had a non-original faux marble top.
After the we removed the table top, the legs and stretcher rods were taken apart for cleaning, paint removal, and rust removal using electrolysis. Once down to clean, bare metal, it was sealed with a clear coat spray to prevent surface rust. The base was re-assembled and ready for a new tabletop.
We found a Colorado company (Eden Oaks) that makes stunning custom butcher block style countertops from reclaimed Appalachian oak planks and had them create a unfinished top for our industrial base. All we had to do was stain and seal it to match our decor.
The base is marked “SIMPLEX” and the pipe is embossed with “NATIONAL USA.” We believe it was designed to hold a typesetting machine.
The repurposed machine base with its new top is solid, functional, and a wonderful new addition to our home.