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Project by unclearthur posted 09-20-2018 06:27 AM 951 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our back deck looks over a creek, so I thought I’d try to make a “river” table filled with river rock from the actual creek.

Made from cedar that was given to me. I originally wanted to have the glass cut to follow the curve of the creek instead of being rectangular, but that was too expensive (and maybe would be too fragile for handling safely).

If I did it again, I’d probably avoid using breadboards, as with the split top design the fit of the breadboards is very sensitive to any even small size differences or lack of squareness/parallelism of the two sides.

But all in all a lot of fun to do.





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swirt

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#1 posted 09-20-2018 01:31 PM

A nice take on the river table. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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McaroJCC

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 03:21 PM

Great looking table; and I don’t think the rectangular glass takes anything away from the design. I really like the jigs you built to clamp the breadboards. Nice work!

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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PhillipRCW

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 03:49 PM

Those clamping jigs are genius!

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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pottz

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#4 posted 09-20-2018 04:24 PM

nice job that table looks like it belongs there.i think the glass works fine.nice creativity with the clamping solution,ive often thought about making some extra long pipe clamps but how often do you need em.what finish did you use on this? beautiful work.

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

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#5 posted 09-20-2018 06:44 PM

I dig it.

Great idea on extending the reach of the clamps.

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unclearthur

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#6 posted 09-20-2018 09:03 PM

The idea for the clamp extensions is from here:
https://www.finewoodworking.com/2015/03/16/extend-the-length-of-your-woodworking-clamps

Cheap, easy and they work pretty good.

The finish is just a semi-transparent stain (used more for cedar decking / siding) which will help keep moisture out and limit the color fading but won’t really do anything to protect the tabletop from bumps and bangs, etc. I didn’t want to put a film finish / varnish on it because of potential cracking due to heat / humidity changes. So it will get banged up over time, but its an outdoor table.

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pottz

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#7 posted 09-20-2018 09:54 PM



The idea for the clamp extensions is from here:
https://www.finewoodworking.com/2015/03/16/extend-the-length-of-your-woodworking-clamps

Cheap, easy and they work pretty good.

The finish is just a semi-transparent stain (used more for cedar decking / siding) which will help keep moisture out and limit the color fading but won t really do anything to protect the tabletop from bumps and bangs, etc. I didn t want to put a film finish / varnish on it because of potential cracking due to heat / humidity changes. So it will get banged up over time, but its an outdoor table.

- unclearthur

thats what i do on my outdoor tables,i just give a light sanding and a fresh coat of penofin oil every spring and they look like new.

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

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IantheTinker

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#8 posted 09-20-2018 10:20 PM

Very creative, looks too nice to be outdoors. I especially like those clamping jigs you rigged up to give your clamps greater reach. I will have to keep that trick in mind.

-- opiningminnesotan.com

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Rick S.

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#9 posted 09-20-2018 10:57 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done!

Regards: Rick S.

-- Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!

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PJKS

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#10 posted 09-21-2018 12:05 AM

OUTSTANDING !!!

-- Pat / Colorado

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BB1

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#11 posted 09-22-2018 01:31 AM

Very nice – great design with many details. Really like the idea of using rocks from the creek. Looks like the dog is ready for dinner at the new table. :)

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KonaCustom

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#12 posted 09-22-2018 03:58 AM

Nice looking table and really like that jig for your clamps!

-- Joel, Poway

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Calmudgeon

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#13 posted 09-23-2018 03:01 PM

That would look great in any dining room, never mind an outdoor setting.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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