A steel base and planks of wood can make one gorgeous table. I first saw this trend at Restoration Hardware with their classic Brickmaker's Table than similar images started to pop up around the web. The table was originally used in Belgium as a hard surface to cool and cut bricks, with a sturdy steel base it was the perfect solution. Though beware if you are not Popeye strong to move a 200lb table this might not be for you! Scouting the net I have found a few alternates that will give you the same look and not break the bank or your back!
Restoration Hardware, Sundance Simply Seductive via Plush Palate
Z Gallerie, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, CB2