|Project by Napaman||posted 2579 days ago||1586 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
After seeing “Splinter’s beautiful picnic table post last week this one is almost funny—-but I am really glad I made this…I learned some big things—-and now we have a huge table on our patio right now that can seat 10 people…and in Napa the evenings are PERFECT for outdoor dining much of the year…so we will use it a lot…
1) First time using circular saw (all the cuts were done before I got my Shopsmith).
2) first time using my shopsmith—-to drill and bore holes.
3) first time building any furniture—and from a plan in a magazine.
4) First time using belt sander—-the boards are huge and we rough when I bought them—-could use a planer! But I liked my new belt sander—worked well…
1) Biggy—-come ask you guys what wood to buy!!! I made this from plan in a magazine for short term outdoor projects…and I followed the plan too closely by just going in and buying all the stuff on the shopping list—-including the type of wood—-Douglass fir…which I knew was a mistake after I bought the wood…then went inside and the guy helped me buy the hardware and asked what I was making—then he said…”Oh so you plan to paint it?”
Woops…I realized Doug Fir would not be the best…So my question to all of you experts is:
Can I finish this with a clear finish and allow it to last??? I really like the wood color and grain…or do i need to just paint it…which I really wouldnt mind if it significantly increases durability…
Ok…any suggestions would be greatful because it is not finished right now…
-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007