View a video of this build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16o0Ic0RPro
We had an old fire pit where we had taken its top off and were using it on a different base in the backyard. The old base was taking up space in the shop, so I was going to throw it away, but then had the thought to make a table top for it.
I used cedar and teak oil finish since I had planned on using the table outside, but we are actually using it inside now. The cedar was green so there was a good bit of warping and shrinking that I had to deal with during the glue up process. My jack plane got a good workout, and my arms too.
A note about using screws to attach the top. This may go against conventional wisdom considering wood movement, but the base is hollow and made of light aluminum. I was able to move and bend it by hand. So, I wasn’t too concerned about attaching the top this way. The base will bend or move before the wood will crack, I’m sure.
Click the image below to watch the video: