Outdoor Dining table #5: The table top is taking shape!

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 02-12-2012 04:17 PM 9392 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Finally doing the woodworking portion on the table. Part 5 of Outdoor Dining table series Part 6: Table edge and Bow Tie Inlays almost finished. »

Well, all the cutting boards are done and have been delivered for the Valentine’s Day requests. 10 more Boards gone, yea! The top is finally taking shape.

After gluing up the boards to get the desired width for the top, it was time for the layout. You will notice like it was mentioned in the comments on a previous post, I chose to leave the sap wood in the Black Walnut. Instead of cutting it out, I thought it added character. The main reason for this was not the extra money or waste, it was more driven by the granite and its pattern. As you can see by the pics is has a mixture of colors. I’m continually struggling on trying to be creative and think outside the box. A friend taught me to leave the knot holes in boards and use epoxy with dye to show the woods character. I believe this works well to show off the wood and really tells a story as well.

I was challenged on trying to keep the table top flat when gluing it up. I used biscuits when joining the ends to assist in keeping it flat as well as when I glued up the boards in the beginning. With the table being over 6 feet long and 4 feet wide it is one of the bigger table tops I have made. I also needed to have an opening of 24” x 48” in the middle of the top for the granite.

I glued extra walnut on the table tops edge giving it an appearance of the top being thicker than it really is. This will receive an edge from a table top router bit I purchased from MLCS.

I have been trying to figure out what to do where the wood meets the granite. I am leaning towards clamping a temporary fence on the table top and cutting a 1/8×1/8 inch rabbet around the edge then applying Caulk giving an appearance of a consistent edge line. As we all know trying to get the Granite to fit perfectly into a square is really difficult at least for me anyways. I’m not sure expansion on the inside of the square is an big issue, as the top will be able to move from the fasteners on the bottom.

Any suggestions fellow lumberjocks?

I have started practicing with the bow tie inlays and Blondie has picked the sizes and how many she would like to see on the top @ the glue lines. She decided two on each glue line looks best.
I have been sanding the top and the knot holes are filled with epoxy and brown dye. The last edge has been glued on and time to flush trim and start routering the table tops edge.

As always thanks for looking, and all comments and suggestions are welcome.

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

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 04:51 PM

almost there

coming along nicely

whats for lunch ?

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 04:54 PM

Looking good Ken…
Your frame looks pretty stout too!
Looking forward to the final.

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

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#3 posted 02-12-2012 08:05 PM

Need to see this in real life… must be great.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 02-12-2012 08:54 PM

Hi Ken!

It’s nice to see you up and running again! Hope Blondie is doing as well as she can with the flu… I wish her well.

Your table is really developing beautifully!

That’s going to be a simply gorgeous table!

As far as the inside edge goes, my 1st thought was a small chamfer on both… Could you route a small chamfer on the granite? ... don’t know… What you’re planning is probably better…

Thank you for the update…

Oh, did you post all of your cutting boards you made?

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

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 12:01 AM

Very interesting table with a lot of good ideas you are building Ken. Looks very nice so far. Can’t wait to see it finished. I expect you will be getting a guest from New Mexico as soon as it is done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 12:10 AM

wow! very awesome, and will be more-so with the granite in the middle. looks like the whole neighborhood can come over fer supper. With as thick as that wood is, couldn’t you rabbit the inside edges to hold the granite? just an idea. If the rock was a bit taller then the wood, I think that would still look ok. Roy Rogers dining room table had a humungus, elevated lazy susan built into the middle of it, but, it was a round table. I got to see that in Branson. The museum is closed and gone for good now tho. Very sad. He was/is my hero. Anyway, good luck with whatever you come up with

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

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#7 posted 02-13-2012 03:21 AM

That is going to be one beautiful table. I too like the knots and sapwood and agree that it adds interest and character. My only thought for the granite is a border of black epoxy around the granite. Would that work?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 10:33 AM

Great ideas thus far.

Joe I have heard of people routing granite. In fact the bits I bought at the woodworking show Big Dog Bits claim that thiers will do that and have a lifetime warranty from dulling or breaking. With that said, I can’t afford to mess this grainite up. It is left over from the outdoor kitchen and I need it, so it matches.

No, I didn’t post any pics of the boards as I have posted so many of them in the past. Sorry

Roger, that was what I was going to do in the beginning is make a rabbet for the stone to sit in. Being that I over kill everyrhing I was worried it would not hold the weight. It weighs about 100 pounds. Thats why I welded 4 cross members on the base to support it.

Gfadvm, I like the black epoxy idea, I’m kinda thinking though of Black Outdoor flexible chaulk.

Thx for the help and comments as always.

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

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#9 posted 02-14-2012 09:06 PM

” lifetime warranty from dulling or breaking.”


Big Dog Bits… never heard of’em…
I found Big Dog… no router bits… just tables. (???)

Yes, I can see your reasoning not wanting to Route & mess it up… If you had a test piece to play with, it would help… but, w/o one, play safe. :)

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

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#10 posted 02-15-2012 09:00 AM

Sorry Joe gave to the wrong name,

I bought both the drill bits and router bits. I bought the drill bits 2 different sets at the Vegas show and the router bits at the pomona show. So far I have delt with the customer service once and they were great!

The web page isn’t the greatest, but should help.

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

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