Outdoor Dining table #4: Finally doing the woodworking portion on the table.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 01-30-2012 12:40 AM 8738 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Powder Coat done! Time to start on the top! Part 4 of Outdoor Dining table series Part 5: The table top is taking shape! »

Well life has been busy for me, like most of us on here I’m sure. Between X-mas, work, travel, and the Honey do list, how time flies. I just received more cutting board commissions and of course they all want them for Valentine’s Day. But money is a good thing.

I have planned down the rough Walnut after making a jig for my planner, turning it into a 12 1/2 inch jointer Thx to Fine Woodworking magazine. See project, for more info. This worked like a charm, flattening the rough boards on one side then running them through the planer to make them parallel.

I have glued up the boards that need to be 14 inches wide. I’m ready for the next step that is gluing the 4 pieces together making a square to surround the 24×48 inch piece of granite that will go in the middle of the table. Once glued up, I will do some bow-tie inlays making it look like they’re holding the joints together. This will be new for me, as I have not done this before. I have another piece of walnut that I will glue around the edge of the whole table giving the top the illusion of being thicker than it really is. I have ordered the router bit for the edge that Blondie wants. , #8567

I picked up the outdoor UV varnish by epifanes. Everyone I have talked to swears this is some great finish for outside furniture or boats..

Thx for looking, all comments ad advice always welcome.

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

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 12:46 AM

I was just sitting here waiting for this post… looking good Ken… can’t wait for the next installment…

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 12:48 AM

Go Ken Go!!!!!!!!

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 01:11 AM

That is some beautiful walnut! Glad you left the sap wood. In my opinion it adds so much to the character of the finished piece.


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

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 01:28 AM

Ya Boy!
You are cookin’ now.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 01:31 AM

Thx Larry to funny I’m having a drink with you right now only thousands of miles away. LOL
Thx Jim and Steve.

I have been leaving knots and sap in the wood to show off it character. I fill the knots with Epoxy. Thx guys!

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

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 01:39 AM

Hey! Looking GOOD, Ken!

I don’t remember your table being that long…

... maybe you’re going to cut that long board up to go around the granite center top?
(Miter cut?)

Thank you!

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

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 02:45 AM

oh yesss. that’s some beautiful Walnut

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 05:11 AM

Good looking wood!!!
I’m looking forward to the final…
As far as your choice of finish, you won’t be disappointed. I used that on our upstairs balcony screen doors. It’s going on three years now. They get a lot of direct sun exposure and are still looking good. Refinishing has even been a thought so far.
I learned about that brand from “The Wood Whisper”.
Excellent choice…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#9 posted 01-30-2012 06:58 AM

I like the sapwood in the middle.
It’s going to look great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 01-30-2012 03:29 PM

Its looking terrific Ken! Thanks for taking us along on this journey.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 01-30-2012 07:12 PM

Looking good Ken. Really beautiful wood. I have to admit that seeing how long that table will be made me think how many dishes you folks would have to wash after using it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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