|Project by Fridgecritter||posted 09-09-2014 04:10 PM||1864 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
This table started as an old U.S. Navy tech bench with nasty rotting particle board on it. My wife has been begging for a rustic reclaimed wood table for our back patio for about 6 months now, but as you know, the cobbler’s kids have no shoes.
I used a reciprocating saw to take apart the bench and make it into a table base. The “T” shape was already there, it just needed to be liberated from the rest of the structure. So no welding, which was a lucky break because I don’t have a 220 welder.
I bought a piece of 5/8 plywood from the lumber store and cut it to suit our needs on the back patio, and mounted it to the frame using 3/8 bolts and lock nuts. I recessed the rounded bolt heads into the plywood with a Forstner bit. My uncle has a bunch of cabinet cut oak facing I snagged from him, and that’s what I used for the outside edge to make the edge. The ends are mitered and brad nailed with some wood glue to help.
My wife and daughter painted some of the fence boards you see in the photos, then sanded them to make them look rustic. I ran some of them through the planer (photo) and left them unpainted. Then I picked a design and started cutting 45 degree ends and placing them on the table with brad nails to hold them in place (You don’t need to glue them because the epoxy is going to surround them). I alternated the colors to make it interesting.
Super Glaze was used to pour over the top. If I had it to do over again, I would have put a bead of silicon around the edges of the inside of the table top before putting the boards down to avoid leaks. The wood glue was not enough to keep it liquid tight, and I ended up putting some duct tape underneath when I saw leaks.
I used 2 and a half gallons of Super Glaze in all, and all of the wood is covered. This epoxy is AWESOME. You can use a blow dryer or heat gun to get the bubbles out, and there is plenty of working time to spread the stuff around. Most of the air bubbles come out during the pour, and they disappear really fast when you run the heat gun over them.
My wife and I are really happy with the way it turned out, and I love how it looks wet even after it dries. The table is dry in those photos.
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