Free Teak to New Garden Table

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Project by Ted posted 05-20-2012 08:29 PM 1616 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Funny thing… just the other day I was asking about the price of teak in the forum. About an hour ago I see the teak patio chaise sitting by the dumpster. I dragged it down into my basement and emerged with what you see in photo 1. I didn’t finish it or anything, just planed one side (the top) of the slats before throwing the table together. I used about 60% of the wood, not bad for salvaged lumber. There are 3 cross braces underneath, which I used a treated 2×4, but the rest is all teak. At least I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. My neighbors love it and, as you can see, are already loading it up with potted herbs.

Question.. should I oil this or anything, or is it okay as it is?

Thanks for looking! :)

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#1 posted 05-20-2012 08:39 PM

Some days you are just plain lucky, eh? welcome to LJ!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-20-2012 08:42 PM

Free teak? score! It is expensive around my area…about $30 a bf.

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#3 posted 05-20-2012 08:54 PM

Excellent recycling. That is the best wood you could have used, too. Nice sturdy table. Some people don’t know what they are really throwing away. Good thing you found it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-20-2012 09:08 PM

I priced similar patio chaises via Google and they run from $1300 on up. Nothing special about the construction, so the high price tag is obviously due to the material.

ShaneA, it’s about the same in my area, as I recently discovered.

TS, thanks.. today was one of those days. :)

Jim, I don’t think my neighbors would have known what to do with the wood even if they did know what it’s worth. ;-)

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#5 posted 05-20-2012 09:09 PM

Great Grab and recycle of wood.


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#6 posted 05-20-2012 09:57 PM

Making something from the nothing of others is the best.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#7 posted 05-20-2012 11:40 PM


-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#8 posted 05-20-2012 11:51 PM

My brother while in art school would get motorcycle shipping crates to make picture frames on the cheap. They were mostly mahogany and could be made to look good. Spring is the time to get them tho.
Nice work Ted!

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#9 posted 05-21-2012 12:44 AM

Salvaged lumber is the best! What’s best about it is – It’s free! I do a lot of my projects with salvaged pallet wood from work! God bless!

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#10 posted 05-21-2012 01:12 AM

Better re-used than in a landfill somewhere.Nicely done it looks good.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 06-05-2012 01:00 PM

There’s a reason why teak is used on boats! It will stand up well either finished or naked.

-- Duncan, Narragansett

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