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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 06-01-2015 12:56 AM 1367 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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:

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9



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#1 posted 06-01-2015 12:56 PM

I like it

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#2 posted 06-02-2015 12:40 AM

Thanks Roger!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#3 posted 07-28-2015 02:15 PM

As a huge supporter of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” movement, I give you full marks!
Like the way you kept the diameter of the top to a size that did not hide the nicely curved supports.

Thanks for sharing.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#4 posted 07-28-2015 08:33 PM

Awww man! When we moved here 2 years ago I GAVE AWAY two of those frames because the pans had rotted out!

Oh well … YOURS looks great !

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#5 posted 07-31-2015 04:09 PM



As a huge supporter of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” movement, I give you full marks!
Like the way you kept the diameter of the top to a size that did not hide the nicely curved supports.

- Richard

Thanks Richard! I appreciate your comment. I like your quote, by the way… “I sand, therefore I am.” Haha!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#6 posted 07-31-2015 04:11 PM



Awww man! When we moved here 2 years ago I GAVE AWAY two of those frames because the pans had rotted out!

Oh well … YOURS looks great !

- JoeinGa

I almost threw mine away, too. Then I considered the look of the frame and decided it might look nice with a wooden top. Plus, I had been wanting to try making a circle cutting jig for my router. It worked great! Thanks for watching.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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