|Project by spaids||posted 09-22-2008 08:17 PM||6566 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
My father-in-law asked for a cover for his fire pit. He didn’t want much just anything to throw over it. You can see that he has a very nice patio and I couldn’t just give him a piece of ply to lay on it. I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to try to learn how to make a large panel/table top. Well like I said he didn’t want anything nice so I got the cheapest pine 2×4’s that “looked” straight from the big box store. Oh my were they wet! These boards twisted and turned so much. I planed them and the next day its like I did nothing. A biscuit jointer would have been a great tool for aligning these but I don’t have one. I ripped dados down one side of the boards and put tongues on the other side all with my table saw. This turned out to be more trouble that it was worth. I just couldn’t ever seem to get these boards squared up and as such the groves and tongues didn’t like meeting. After I glued it up I had at it with a belt sander on the joints. It feels smooth to the touch but it is NOT flat. I put some minwax stain on it (forgot the color) and a few coats of minway clear shield. I was very sick of this by the time it was finished. I have to say that after it got some color it looked a lot better and all the mistakes made it look more like a distressed piece. Oh well, all he wanted was a piece of wood so he and my mother-in-law were both very happy to have something that was a bit more usable. Now to convince my mother-in-law that you don’t need a coaster to set your drink on it.
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