|Project by Bill||posted 08-29-2007 05:07 PM||5722 views||16 times favorited||14 comments|
A customer approached me on building a table for their outdoor area. They like to entertain outside sometimes by having a bar-b-que. They wanted a table to hold things like dishes, food, drinks, etc. However, they did not want a plain table. Instead, they found a plan for a potting bench that they liked, with a few modifications. Based on the plan, I build this Redwood Potting Table.
The table is made of Redwood. The legs are kiln dried 2×4s that were jointed on all sides to make them smooth and straight. The legs are approximately 3 inches square. The base sections are made with 2×4s, also jointed down and fastened together with dominos. These were the only parts that were permanently attached. The remainder of the bench is 1×6 redwood planks (not fence wood material) that is screwed in place with outdoor screws. This way, if a board should warp, it can be unscrewed and replaced easily.
The entire table was sanded to 150 grit, and then finished with tree coats of spar varnish to protect the wood and maintain its wonderful color.
The planks have a 1/4 inch gap between, to resemble a redwood deck or potting bench. Overall, the customer loved the bench.
Redwood is easy to work with, since it is a soft wood. It does have some knots in the 2×4s, but I tried to avoid as many as possible. One or two did break during the jointing, but they were in non critical areas so not easily seen. Like pine, it does have pitch pockets so you have to watch out. I read about sealing these with Shellac, and tried it. Well, it helped but a few of the pitch pockets still leaked. When I applied the spar varnish, there were no more leaks.
All in all, it was a fun project to work on. The wine bottle, glasses, and bucket are the owner’s. The pictures were taken on their patio.
-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com