My mom bought a simple 2×4 picnic table a few years ago and the top has not held up well. The boards are twisted and warped, and I thought it would be a good “test” subject for a new top using an idea that I have had for a while. Juniper grows with a very rapid taper, and finding trees big enough to make wide straight edge boards out of are few and far between. So I had the idea of alternating wide/skinny ends of the boards and leaving the live edge intact to give me the widest board possible. I want to eventually build a deck around my house using the same concept. It is a lot of work, but I really like the results. The sides and top are blended together with 120grit sandpaper for a nice smooth finish to the touch. I am considering Teak oil for the finish.
It will be an outside table, does anyone have any opinion on if the teak oil is a good choice or have an alternate finish suggestion??
I am thinking of offering the replacement picnic table top as a product line….any suggestions on a retail price??
The shiny little silver spots you see in this photo are bullets that were shot into the tree at some point in its past!!!
-- Juniper Canyon Design