|Project by Jake||posted 07-15-2014 07:32 AM||2337 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
I live in a small apartment building with some exceptionally cool neibourghs, with whom we often find excuses to sit outside with and knock back a couple of cold ones. Our old outdoor table was rotting and getting destroyed outside. It might have stood for another year but it would have been a lot of bits and pieces to be cleaned up next spring.
So one night after knocking back an excessive amount of cold ones and a few hard ones as well, I foolishly made the promise to build a new one, if someone gets me the materials. (Knowing full well my Honey Do list is a mile and a half long anyhow)
But once i got the 6×6 in our yard I had no other option than to follow through on my promise. The 6×6 I was using were previously used to transport large substations, I guess they were used to pack them in or what not. So they were all in different sizes and different amounts of wear and tear.
It was a fun project, to go from very small tolerances in my previous honey-do builds to a very robust design. The table is made with half lap joints, only used screws in the base, no mechanical fasteners anywhere else. The thing probably weighs an easy 300-400 pounds so all of the long pieces and the cross pieces are sitting nice and tight without any fasteners.
It was a fun build which all in all took me probably like 20 hours. I like how it turned out – with plugging the big holes, rounding over the corners and the warm colour of the finish I really like the look.
PS! This is the plans I started out with yes, it might look like a faint scribble on a piece of crappy plywood to you, but I assure you, it entails all of the collective knowledge of humanity’s brightest achievements throughout the times!
The finish used was tar oil, I guess it is a tar and oil mix, not really sure, but it sure does smell like tar! The ends of the table and benches will be cut flush once I get some of the things off my Honey-Do list. For now it will stay as is.
-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.