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Project by Mary Anne posted 1529 days ago 6247 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built from rough sawn 8/4 cedar. This was my first time milling all the wood for a large project. My shop, my house, and my deck all smell absolutely wonderful! Every piece went through the jointer, planer, and drum sander before cutting. All edges were routed with a 1/8” round over bit. The color looks dark because the heavens opened up and poured down rain just as I was finishing up. I have not made a decision whether to seal or not to seal—your suggestions and opinions are welcomed.

I do not care for the all-in-one picnic tables with the benches attached that you have climb into to sit down. There is nothing too unique in the design of this one—just a straightforward trestle table and a couple of benches to match. I doubled the feet on the table for extra stability (might put in another block to fill the gap and make it look more like a solid piece), and I put the stringers up high to give plenty of knee room for people and head room for dogs.

In picture #2, my lovely model Alice is certain I chose cedar in an attempt to match the color of her coat. I have her approval.

Picture #3 is Cindy Bear who winters in a cave behind my house. She was already making off with the pic-a-nic basket and would not stick around to pose with the table.

Thanks for looking, and a happy spring and summer to you all!





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1529 days ago

I love it, Mary Anne!

I agree with you about not liking the all-in-one design. As for sealing or not sealing…. I’d ask Cindy Bear, and do whatever she wants. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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BarbS

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#2 posted 1529 days ago

Beautiful, Mary Anne! I love the knee room underneath. You did a Fine job on this, and I’ll bet it will be worth many hours of fun conversation and hospitality.

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Abbott

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#3 posted 1529 days ago

That’s really nice Mary Anne! I bet your proud of that table anytime anyone sets there. Love the bear and the pup :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Mary Anne

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#4 posted 1529 days ago

I do look forward to it getting a lot of use.

Miss Cindy can be rather persuasive. We had an ongoing discussion over the placement of my smoker last year. She overturned it several times and tried to drag it off the deck and down to her house twice!

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Knothead62

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#5 posted 1529 days ago

I was wondering if the bear wore a hat and bowtie during the tourist season. Nice table with a lot of thought put into the design. BTW, that is a wild looking hair clasp you have on!

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ellen35

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#6 posted 1529 days ago

Great table and benches, Mary Anne. I particularly like the design. I too agree that separate benches make more sense… especially for those of us who hate climbing into a table!!
I do like finishing the table with a sealer so that it holds up better to the elements.
As for your friends… you have excellent taste… they look like great friends to have!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Ray Friddle

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#7 posted 1529 days ago

Thank for posting this! I’m been looking at bench designs and this one is perfect. Man I don’t know about the sealing. It looks so raw and natural right now, but the sun and rain can be pretty harsh over time.

-- Ray

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michelletwo

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#8 posted 1529 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous. I like the simple rustic joinery & the wood you chose. It looks like it belongs on that deck. I agree about benches seperate from the table..a lot easier to ‘set a spell” and not worry how one will exit gracefully. I choose no finish at all..becuase nothing lasts more than a year anyway, and then you have to refinish all the time. They do have some new outdoor oils tho, that I have heard are pretty good..at least from one year to the next you don’t have to remove the old finish. It will all turn grey no matter what you do.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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tdv

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#9 posted 1529 days ago

I love it that cedar looks great. For me, I would oil it only because I love the colour & the grain when it turns silver it loses something but that’s just my opinion we’re all different & hey vive la difference !
Nice job, scary bear, cute dog
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Monty Queen

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#10 posted 1529 days ago

Awesome job, very nice.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Hacksaw007

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#11 posted 1529 days ago

I think I see your dog in the bear’s mouth? Or is it a whistle? Very nice work. Very nice deck. Now if you could just get the raccoon off of your head, you would have it made…..

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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patron

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#12 posted 1529 days ago

nice setup , mary anne ,
rugged ,
clean ,
and useful .
as the wood dries ,
it can crack and check .

i went to standard oil ( their dist center , for local gas stations ) ,
they have some ’ shingle oil ’ , that is cheap ,
and can be applied once or twice a year with a slobber brush ,
it is odorless and helps with the checking .
it was developed for shingle covered houses and roofs .
like baby oil , but doesn’t rot or mildew .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 1529 days ago

Looks super great job

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Cher

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#14 posted 1529 days ago

Lovely design, wood and models. Well done Mary Anne

-- When you know better you do better.

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lumberdustjohn

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#15 posted 1529 days ago

Looks great and practical too.
Nice build.

Thanks for postig

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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