Outdoor Dining Table

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Project by pbyrne posted 04-23-2014 03:13 AM 2775 views 23 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had these two Alaska Yellow cedar slabs taking up room in my shop. So, I dreamt up this trestle table design for them. I cut a slight convex on the sides and ends which gives the top a slight barrel shape. The top is 2” thick 84” long, 37” wide. I filled the dead knot in the center of the top with epoxy. The feet and spreaders are doug fir, the legs, shelf and trestles are red alder and the pins are black walnut. I finished the whole thing in linseed oil.

PS: I also have two narrower slabs for matching benches. I’ll be working on them next.

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 06:59 AM

Those book matched slabs are nice! How are they attached to the top I could see some thing that looked like pins. Are they holding tenons in place? Thanks for sharing

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 08:30 AM

Watermark – I added a picture of the blocks with tabs that fit into dadoes I cut with a router.
The blocks are screwed to the underside. The dadoes are a bit oversize in length to accomodate seasonal movement of the slabs.

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 09:52 AM

Great looking table, love the wood as well. The wedges are a nice touch.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 09:57 AM

Very nice table, the cedar is beautiful. I can see once you get the benches made there is going to be lots of family outdoor meals to be had.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 10:31 AM

How well does linseed oil hold up in an outdoor application?

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 11:18 AM

That is beautiful. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 04-23-2014 11:49 AM

I too am curious about the linseed oil.

I understand cedar holds up well in its natural state, but was not sure about the other wood species you used.

Is this something you plan on re-applying every year to maintain a good coat?

Great table! I love the book matched top.

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#8 posted 04-23-2014 12:34 PM

Make that another vote for the book matching! Looks great.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#9 posted 04-23-2014 01:53 PM

Very beautiful work. Really let the woods beauty show.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 04-23-2014 03:10 PM

what a beautiful table, i love the construction of it all, the benches will set this whole project…have you gotten a shop together yet…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 04-23-2014 03:12 PM

Wow! That is one beautiful table. Really nice work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#12 posted 04-23-2014 03:17 PM

Great character in those cedar slabs. The table came out great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 04-23-2014 03:30 PM

Nice work and a great design!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#14 posted 04-23-2014 03:43 PM

That looks great. Great job

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#15 posted 04-23-2014 04:25 PM

Very nice and well done

-- Bert

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