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Couple of poolside beer tables

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Project by OldWrangler posted 06-03-2014 04:55 AM 1616 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Couple of poolside beer tables for my daughter’s patio. Wood is of course, BKP…my current wood of choice. Colors nice now but will really pop when they get a clean stain and 3-4 coats of Acrylic poly. I got to put enough finish to protect them from pool splashes and spilled beer. It was a fun project. One pic show all 8 legs being glued and clamped at once on my saw table. Easiest way to get them uniform and well made. The tables are nothing special but I love working with this Pine. And this was some fairly common-looking BKP, nothing nearly as good as Monte mills. Some of his will be here Wed. Then I can really get started on some special things.

Update on the birds in my steel wool. No babies yet but soon by mid week. She sit on the eggs all day while her mate brings her food. Last picture is him coming to feed her. You can see her in the nest as her eyes light up. They are Carolina Wrens if I haven’t mentioned.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!





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stefang

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 07:37 AM

Beautiful tables that look really well made. I love the look of that pine. What does the BK stand for? I enjoyed seeing the Wren too. We have a lot of birds in the little forrest next to our house and the same birds come back every year to nest and it is quite a show with the smaller birds protecting their nests while the egg predators try to steal from them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 09:41 AM

Awesome work on these. They should love them.

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

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OldWrangler

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 12:12 PM

Stefang, the BKP is Beetle Kill Pine, a very interesting story you can read about online. This little Pine Beetle, kinda like the Ambrosia Beetle has infested millions of acres in the lower Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico and has killed over 100,000,000 Pine trees, mostly Lodgepole and Ponderosa. When attacked by the beetle a fungus gets carried into the tree that prevents the tree from transpiring water through the cells of the cambium layer. The tree dies and the longer it stands after dying, the more colors the wood turns into. There are colors from a blue/slate to a rust color with yellows, reds, browns and greys. It is really beautiful wood, very easy on the tools, glues up well and takes a good finish. Currently the major use for this lumber is flooring but some furniture is also being made.I. His work is spectacular. love working with it. Look up the work on LJ of Monte Pitman. He has his own mill and is the King of BKP. He makes some wonderful furniture and things from the BKP.
The little ren just hollowed out a place in a bag of steel wool and built a nest over it. Should watch the babies hatch in the next couple of days. I’m gonna have to put a drop cloth over my belt sander so when the leave the nest, the fall won’t hurt them.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 12:35 PM

Cool looking tables. I like the design. Gives me an idea for some old wood fence I have.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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TechTeacher04

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 12:36 PM

Did you reinforce the the joints on the top of your table in any way? I was given a huge donation of shorts from a local lumber company for my high school Technology program and looking for creative ways to utilize the pieces. Table tops like yours may be the idea I need. Thanks

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OldWrangler

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 01:10 PM

TT04, there is a brace in each corner glued and screwed. The tables are really sturdy. the wood in the frames is full 4/4.” The tops are 1/2” backed on 1/2” Baltic plywood. Feel free to use my patterns, I borrowed them from someone on LJ. It’s a great way to use scraps and shorts.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 01:15 PM

Thank you, I did not see the plywood backing

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OldWrangler

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 01:30 PM

Glued to the plywood back keeps the pieces all flat and firm. And it is easier.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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OldWrangler

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#9 posted 06-03-2014 01:42 PM

Glued to the plywood back keeps the pieces all flat and firm. And it is easier. I think the plywood show some in this picture on the back table.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#10 posted 06-03-2014 02:25 PM

the tables came out really good, i do love the layout you used and i do love the wood, the yellows and browns go together great, i hope they hold up for a long time.

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

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 06-04-2014 12:52 AM

Those tables are really cool! That second one with the angled pieces must have been a challenge to cut and fit together.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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OldWrangler

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#12 posted 06-04-2014 03:13 AM

On the second table there are 65 separate pieces and each one had to be cut and fitted individually. Took about 4 hours. Most all of it done on a chopsaw. There didn’t seem to be any 2 pieces the same size and the wood started off as 4/4 that had to come down to 1/2” with the planer. Then the 6” wide x 4’ long boards had to be ripped to 1 1/2”and run through the router to round off the edges that show. I enjoyed every minute of it but tomorrow we get an A/C for the shop. It is just too warm to work more than about an hour at a time and mid day when it’s 90 outside the shop must get over 100 degrees. I’m trying a new Acrylic water based poly for a finish and it seems to bring out all the highlites in the wood. The other table has 48 pieces all the same size so it was kinga mass production. Took less than an hour.

Birds are still doing their thing in the nest but tomorrow makes 11 days for the first egg and could be a hatchling in the nest to watch. The baby birds will be easy to photograph….where they gonna run to?

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 06-04-2014 01:20 PM

Sounds like a lot of work but the results were well worth the effort! Plus you had fun doing it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 06-04-2014 01:38 PM

Super therapy. I am at my best when I’m working on something that take a little thought. I get to concentrate on something other than the tremble in my hands, pain in my back and the weakness in my legs. I was in the shop before 6 am sanding to level the table tops. Wife called me in for breakfast so I check my email and back to the shop before it gets too hot to work.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 06-04-2014 03:40 PM

These tables really turned out nicely and will be very attractive near the pool.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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