Outdoor Dining table #2: Welding close to being done, then wood time.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 11-14-2011 01:41 AM 6879 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Is it right to post 1st phase if all metal? Part 2 of Outdoor Dining table series Part 3: Powder Coat done! Time to start on the top! »

I have finished welding the four cross members that will support the 24×48 piece of granite. The stone weighs approx 100 lbs. We used the same granite for our outdoor kitchen and bar. I have cut all the tabs for mounting the tabletop and need to weld them on the rails tomorrow.

Blondie and I have decided that we do not like the height of the table so I have cut 2-inch squares from the 3 inch tubing used for the legs and will be welding these making the table 2 inches taller. I have sanded most the metal removing all spatter. Once these last two welding chores are completed, it is off to get Zink’d treated and then Powder coated. I will soon be heading out to the lumber-yard to pick out some Jatoba to start on the table-top.

As always all comments welcome and thanks for looking!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 01:49 AM

In the plans I’m not sure why I wrote 24 1/4 duh… its 50 1/4 and 75 inches long. Brain fade I’m guessing.
I had to be thinking about the piece of granite while writing the number down.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 01:50 AM

Lookin’ swank – looks professional. :-)

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 02:05 AM

Thanks for cleaning up the error in the plans I was jst about to ask you what te hail you were doing.

It looks great. Thanks for posting.

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 02:16 AM



That is really one nice table you’re making… You must have huge bunches of people to dine with!
That is a huge table… at least it Sounds huge… might not be all that big after looking at it… BUT, you shouldn’t have a problem getting people around it…

Hey, you could use for a nice Assembly table too… (in a pinch, of course :) )

It’s really looking good!

You’re going to be an expert welder by the time you finish it!

I can see in working with metal… no grain & expansion problems to deal with… Joinery? BUTT it and weld it… what could be simpler? LOL

Get out the grinder and “sand” it… Dust collection?

Thank you for the update… You’re doing GREAT!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 02:22 AM

Now that’s going to be one sweet table!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 11-14-2011 02:51 AM

Looking good, Ken.


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#7 posted 11-14-2011 03:35 AM

Powder coat is a good idea.
Thats going to be nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 11-14-2011 04:07 AM

That welding job and grinding is starting to look good and that piece of granite looks absolutely awesome!
I hope you have enough support for the granite ,I would hate it if something happened to it.
Jatoba to boot ?
Looks like you are going to party in great style.


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 11-14-2011 06:41 AM

You’re getting there ken. It’s going to look good.

When is the next party again? :)

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 11-14-2011 07:41 AM

It is cool to see people’s other interests and talents other than just wood.
Been into leather and small metalwork a bit more than wood myself, but welding…. I am jealous of that skill
This is shaping up to be a great project and blog :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#11 posted 11-14-2011 10:16 PM

@ Ken: How thick is the walls of the square tubing stock you are using>

My 16 year old son and I are in our second semester of welding that we are taking together…he is much further along than I am! LOL!

I too want to combine the use of metal and wood in some of my future projects.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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#12 posted 11-15-2011 12:29 AM

Handystanley; that sounds like alot of fun going to class with your son. I’m a new welder as well. Drove me crazy not knowing how to do it so I bought a machine and a buddy has been teaching me.

I used 3inch square tubing 1/8 thick, over kill I know, but that’s was the thinest 3 inch they had. The rails are 16 guage 2×4 rectangular. I wanted a table heavy enough that a little bumb didnt knock drinks over. Table weighs in about 150ish as far as I can tell.

Blondie and I just returned from the lumber yard, she changed her mind on the wood. She didn’t like Jatoba for the top, we went with Black Walnut which I love. What ever the Boss tells me right ? LOL

Let me know if you have anymore questions.

Thx again for all the kind comments and support!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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