Patio Table top

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Project by Smiley posted 03-17-2010 07:29 AM 2653 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a table top I have been working on for the last couple months. (in all honesty I only have a weekend or two in time on it but the resin coat I put on needs to be applied at a certain temperature and it has only been recently that it was warm enough outside for me to do this as my shop is not climate controlled) I think it turned out Ok and could be better but I learned allot doing it and that is what was most important to me as a budding wood worker. This was made for a lady Who recently took down a cedar tree on her property and told me I could have the wood If I made her a new top for her patio table. The old one was glass and a rock found it’s way through it. I think she would have been happy with a round piece of plywood but I got this idea in my head and This was the excuse I needed to make it happen. I started with a rough design on the computer (pic1) then I cut the base out of 1/2”OSB. Next I took one of the thinner logs she gave me and sliced it like Bologna on the Band saw about 1/4”-1/2” slices then I laid those out and glued them down. next I took some pea stone from the local garden store (bought a good size bag for less than $5.00 and only used a quarter of it if not less) and spread the stone out into the voids between the Cedar Slices. I then gave it a good heavy coat of Spray Poly to stick the stone in place. I then put on a masonite rim to hold in the top coat and held my breath as I poured on this resin casting stuff used to coat bar tops and make paper weights. the bad news is after the first pour I found my work table was not quite level as the resin pooled to one side so I just spun the whole thing around and poured the second layer and it pooled even. Then it came time to flatten out the bumps and odd little rocks that stood to high. The good news is after a test I found scuffing the surface left a white haze but another layer of Resin and it all went crystal clear again. finally after all the Resin was cured I had to cut off the Masonite Band and sand the edges smooth. Finally I sprayed some High Gloss Poly on the edge for a couple coats to finish it of and that is the step I am at now. next is delivery.

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 07:41 AM

Turned out cool! Sure she is going to love it. Thanks for the step by step process.

Keep it up.


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#2 posted 03-17-2010 07:54 AM

Cool table..

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 08:55 AM

This is really cool. I just have a few questions so I can understand better. So this wood your using is not dried out, right? Would that cause a problem down the road. Other than the sheet of osb that the table sites on there is another round sheet as the base for the table? Thanks, I’m still trying to learn things. Pretty new to this stuff.


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#4 posted 03-17-2010 01:29 PM

Great Project. Be Proud!!!!!!!

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 03:27 PM

Very eye catching. I’m sure she’ll love it.

-- Barry,

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 03:57 PM

The pea stone fill is an excellent idea. I may barrow that one! Your instructive ‘how-to’ description was very helpful. Thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 04:03 PM

Good job Smiley. I would like to see this one live. I also agree with Charles that your “how to” was great.

-- jstegall

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 04:13 PM

Nice work!

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#9 posted 03-17-2010 04:39 PM

Great idea! Just don’t lay your pepperoni pizza down on that table, ‘cause you’ll never be able to find it!


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#10 posted 03-17-2010 06:13 PM

Great description! It truned out awesome!

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#11 posted 03-17-2010 07:15 PM

Looks great!


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#12 posted 03-18-2010 01:43 AM

I like this a lot. The cross grain is always interesting, the pea gravel is the perfect filler and sending the tree back home is very appropo. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 03-18-2010 02:58 AM

This is really interesting…

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#14 posted 03-18-2010 08:51 AM

Brandon, Yes their is another round piece of OSB that all the slices and resin are attached to. The square underneath is the other half of the original full sheet I bought. It actually turned out to be a good work table to keep this project on as when I poured the resin a bit leaked through my counter measures and onto this piece of OSB so I did not ruin my good Work bench. The Square corners also made a good place to place clamps which allowed me to spring clamp a tarp over the piece to reduce dust and other contaminants form getting into the resin coat while it dried. The wood I used was still rather “green/wet” but had been cut and laying out for at least a month before I turned it into this. I will admit, the day I cut the slices and glued them to the OSB, as I worked I could hear the wood crackle a bit (sounded a bit like rice crispies) as it sat in the warm sun. This just meant I took it back inside the garage out of the direct sunlight and I also got a seal coat of poly on it as fast as possible. I am a little worried about future expansion but I am hopeful that the thick (1/8”+) layer of Resin will hold everything in place and preserve the wood. Thanks for your interest and if you have any more questions please feel free.

-- No matter how good or bad a day your having a smile always makes it better!

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#15 posted 03-18-2010 11:39 AM

Thanks a lot for the details. This is something I certainly will try in the future when I can get my hands on the right log. I just think that it’s a really cool look. Something out of the ordinary.

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