Backyard Woodworking #2: Reclaimed Redwood Table (with planterbox down the middle!)

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Blog entry by SandMan90 posted 09-25-2012 10:01 PM 5050 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Mahogany Adirondack Chair Part 2 of Backyard Woodworking series Part 3: Recycled Redwood Planterbox. »

Saw a very modern table that had a split down the middle, and they had planted Wheat Grass – it looked very cool. This is my first attempt at a table, and I cut and then hacked a curvy planterbox down the center.

My stepson loves succulents, so we figured they could stand drying out a bit between watering, and would not have a large root problem. He put them in and I am very happy with the results.

All reclaimed redwood from Craigslist – some of it is just plain nasty, but if you work at it you can get some real nice boards. I am learning more on how to clean up old wood than actually woodworking right now!

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 12:48 AM

That made a very cool looking table! I’m curious how you did the ‘planter’ down the center: plastic lined box under the “curvy planterbox”?

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

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 03:24 PM

Love it! Do you have any tips on your experience cleaning up used wood? I’m about to score a bunch of old barn wood and would appreciate any advice you can offer. Thanks!

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#3 posted 09-26-2012 04:15 PM


Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

What a Clever Idea, I Like It, alot, and succulents are the perfect choice for this table. They will quite nicely accent the redwood as it again will turn a weathered silvery gray.

...and a ‘wink and a nod’ from Mother Nature for repurposing the redwood lumber.

Very nicely done. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 09-26-2012 08:07 PM

Thanks GrandpaLen!

Hey gfadvm – I built a regular trough down the middle of the table (with drain holes) and then made sure that when I cut the opening in the table – i stayed within the width of the planterbox sides. Plastic under the dirt with holes to match. Be sure to water it well before your party so you don’t have it dripping on your guests knees!!

Hey BareFeet – Cleaning old wood is one amazing and filthy endeavor! I have found that you need to make sure you get all the nails out – metal detectors are available – but that is the tricky one. Then I use my beltsander and grind all the grit, dry-rot, and whatever was on the outside of the board. Cut the ends to remove as much checking as i can, then with a MUCH cleaner board – I rip, plane and joint per regular.

I think that I am also dedicating some tools just for this type of work as it is murder on the blades. – who said there wan’t a reason for Harbor Freight!! ;)

The beltsander is the king – get a monster and a real good vacuum so you don’t die of black-lung.

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#5 posted 09-26-2012 11:02 PM

It looks even better than it did on Facebook. Good job.
Ray K

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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#6 posted 09-27-2012 12:32 AM

Thanks for the reply

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

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