Sculpted Juniper picnic table

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Blog series by junipercanyon updated 09-07-2012 03:08 PM 6 parts 24660 reads 36 comments total

Part 1: Shaped and sanded

07-16-2012 04:15 PM by junipercanyon | 8 comments »

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 wide...

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Part 2: Test top done, now for the custom table

07-23-2012 04:56 PM by junipercanyon | 5 comments »

Well, all the great compliments from the replacement top ( have helped inspire me to keep my motivation up to build a full custom table. So I intend to keep in progress pics through the entire build of this table. I hope you enjoy following along! Step 1: Mill out the boards from these ugly logs. Step 2: Lay out the boards how I want them to fit together, and then cut to length. I went with 7’-1” on this project as it worked well...

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Part 3: Shaping and sanding--surprise bullet found

07-30-2012 04:09 PM by junipercanyon | 5 comments »

As I was working on the sculpted top, I found a bullet that I somehow milled in half with my chainsaw. I’m sure that was pretty hard on my chain at the time as the jacket of the bullet is still intact!! Busy week so I didn’t get as much done on this project as I would have liked, but it is coming along nice. All 4 boards for the top are almost done shaping, and all the material for the frames has been rough cut to size. I spent an evening building 8) 4’...

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Part 4: Frame assembly

08-10-2012 08:18 PM by junipercanyon | 4 comments »

I was struggling with how I wanted to build the frame for this table when it occurred to me that I had a whole pile of cut offs that are left over from the outside of the logs after milling out boards. Perfect!! I have a flat side to work with for joining the frame together which simplifies trying to scribe logs together, and it cut the work of harvesting more logs or cutting more boards. Always nice when you can find a use for scraps!!

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Part 5: Almost done!!

08-28-2012 02:34 PM by junipercanyon | 9 comments »

This project is really finishing nicely. I just need to mill out boards for the benches, and add some center supports to flatten out the top a little better. Very happy with it so far. I started finishing it with Teak oil, but I don’t like the yellowing affect it has on the juniper….any suggestions on what would be a good outdoor finish?

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Part 6: Last pics before its a finished project!!

09-07-2012 03:08 PM by junipercanyon | 5 comments »

Well, its all together and ALMOST finished…..I ran out of teak oil before I could step back and say “DONE”, and all the stores were closed by this time. I’ll have to finish it up tonight. This will be the final blog before I post this as a project. Overall, I’m very happy with it, and have gotten very positive comments on the design. I rushed the final assembly more than my usual critical eye would allow, (which means I cut corners on finish sanding ALL surfaces...

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