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Project by TObenhuber posted 05-26-2017 08:28 PM 763 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a check in the box for the honey do list.

My wife had been shopping around at the BORG and “threatening me” that she will buy one of this cheap aluminum tables if I don’t build her one. Roughly $500 for a table at the BORG. She pointed at the price and said you have to do it for less, build it stronger, and make it exactly the size that she wants.

So, I bought some treated lumber knowing the table would live outside. That was a learning experience. Never realized wood at the BORG could be 50%+ in moisture content. I made this purchase several months ago and waited for it to make it to under 10%. I was able to dry them in a sunny spot where it was warm.

From there, I started cutting. I rechecked the moisture content and even in the fresh cuts it was less than 10%. Good to go considering the wood deck’s moisture content it 10%.

Great learning experience.

The construction is laminated legs to roughly 3 inches with mortise and tenon for the stretchers. It was the first time I tried to make mortises with a drill press. I LIKE IT SO MUCH!!! I will probably never cut another mortise by hand with a chisel. Messy by so much faster.

Another great learning experience.

I finished this with PPG Timeless semi transparent deck stain and sealer. I really like this stuff so far for its ease of use and clean up. Brushed the top and sprayed the legs. Both methods went well. This wood kept soaking and soaking up the stain. Its water resistance. I did the water droplet test and the water beaded up fine. I suspect unless we cover it I will probably be re-coating this table annually or every other year. I am very interested to see how this finish works out. Top received three coats so far and the legs got 2. Only time will tell.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla





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luv2learn

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#1 posted 05-27-2017 01:24 AM

Awesome job on the table Travis. It looks to good for outdoor use. :-)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Daniel

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#2 posted 05-27-2017 07:00 AM

really good job!

-- My woodworking channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5qF4epTkmI4xwPeZeaCjDQ

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 05-27-2017 01:15 PM

PT southern yellow pine?

Never seen PT look so nice

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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TObenhuber

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#4 posted 05-27-2017 03:35 PM

Thanks luv2learn. It was a fun project. Its got “character” and some imperfections. Happy to say my toughest customer is very happy with the table.

Thanks sharenicethings!!!

Mainiac, It’s pine I think. Its definitely pressure treated. All said and done I am pretty happy with the way the construction lumber turned out. Cleaned up nicely.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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Bruizer

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#5 posted 05-27-2017 04:33 PM

What’s a BORG?

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#6 posted 05-27-2017 06:45 PM

Big Orange Retail Giant. Essentially slang term for big box store now.

Great job on the table. Did you use a mortising bit or just use the drill press to hog most of it out then finish up with a chisel?

-- - Jimmy

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 05-27-2017 07:31 PM

This is a nice picnic table. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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TObenhuber

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#8 posted 05-27-2017 09:50 PM


Big Orange Retail Giant. Essentially slang term for big box store now.

Great job on the table. Did you use a mortising bit or just use the drill press to hog most of it out then finish up with a chisel?

- JimmyH

I used a half inch drill bit and clamped a piece of wood to the drill press table to reference off of. They were pretty primitive but tight. Its holding well right now. We will see if I need to do anything in the future. I suspect not. I have a table or two holding just fine via this method I made in my earlier wood working life. Didn’t do much chisel work. I just knocked off the corners of the tenons, glued, and clamped.

Thanks for all of the complements. I really appropriate it. The skills are developing nicely.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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TObenhuber

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#9 posted 05-28-2017 12:21 PM

Thanks for the support guys. My wife and I used it last night and yes. Size is great and it functions as a table.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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