New Outdoor Table Top

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Project by kocgolf posted 12-06-2016 01:14 PM 2523 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a mid range, glass top deck table last year that suffered an umbrella pole through the heart. It shattered quite spectacularly, but did give me the chance to replace it with something better. I made this new top with cedar decking that I milled down to flat and square and lined up in a harring bone pattern. I went with a wide board in the middle that I thought had the best grain. There was a nice heartwood/sapwood mix, and I used a UV blocking oil finish try and keep it from graying out too much. After one summer it still looks great.

I suppose if it has a weakness, it’s that it doesn’t have an outer frame to rest on. This was a design choice so I could see more of the pattern, and it seems to be plenty sturdy with screws and titebond 3 holding it together. It has a routed grove to rest on the metal frame of the table.

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#1 posted 12-06-2016 01:27 PM

The photos of the finished table shows the beauty of this project. Nice work!

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#2 posted 12-06-2016 03:07 PM

Looks sharp!

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#3 posted 12-06-2016 03:28 PM

good looking table

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 12-06-2016 07:17 PM

That is a beautiful table top. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#5 posted 12-06-2016 08:07 PM

Looks great. I believe I have the exact same table and chairs that you do and the top also just shattered. So timing of this project couldn’t have been better.

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#6 posted 12-06-2016 08:31 PM

You will like it better than that old glass top :)

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#7 posted 12-07-2016 01:36 PM

You’ve made me wish I had kept mine. The wind flipped it over the fence and it crashed in the neighbor’s driveway. Your new top looks great.

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#8 posted 12-07-2016 06:40 PM

Really nice design!


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#9 posted 12-07-2016 08:09 PM

thats gorgeous sure beats a glass top.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#10 posted 12-09-2016 07:57 PM

”. . . shattered quite spectacularly”. I laughed at this because I’ve been there myself. That was one heavy shop vac when I was done cleaning it up! Hope yours was tempered glass, at least. Great job on the table top. Classy and even a little sporty.

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#11 posted 12-10-2016 08:39 PM

Looks fantastic! Our glass top hasn’t shattered yet, but I know what to do when it does!

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#12 posted 03-21-2017 11:53 PM

Great design! Well done!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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