Sculpted juniper picnic table top

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Project by junipercanyon posted 07-20-2012 02:51 PM 2754 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original 2×4 top on this picnic table had seen better days. The boards were warped very bad and needed replacing so this is what I came up with. I milled the juniper boards with my chainsaw, used a draw knife to peel the bark, and then sculpted the live edge of each board into the one next to it with my grinder and sanders. The finish is teak oil. I also plan on replacing the bench seats as well as one side is sagging pretty bad. I was more than tempted to just scrap the whole table and build a new one once I tore off the old top and allowed myself to criticized the cheap construction of the rest of the table, but that wasn’t the point of the project and I talked myself into keeping with the original intent when I started. I just wanted a “quick” fix to a warped table that otherwise was still functional. I will eventually get around to building my own custom table the way I want it, but for now I am content with the retrofit.

Short blog on the construction:

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 07-20-2012 03:08 PM

That’s just incredibly cool. Nice look & different than anybody else’s.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-20-2012 03:11 PM

Thanks Monte!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#3 posted 07-20-2012 04:44 PM

Great work, Looks beautiful, I agree you need to do the seats now and make this a real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-20-2012 05:33 PM

I love the sculpting you did on the top. All matching sculpted pieces will make one fantastic looking table suitable for outdoors and indoors! Nice work.

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 06:15 PM

Very cool top! I love the smell of juniper, trho it can strong! Do you hav the lumber to finsih the seats?

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 07:49 PM

I love new top and this will fit better with the surroundings!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 07-20-2012 08:35 PM

Yes, I mill all my own juniper boards with an Alaskan Chainsaw mill attachment. I cut all the lumber for the covered area in the photos with my chainsaw as well. I have the boards for the seat cut, I just need to run them through the planer and then sand the edges.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#8 posted 07-20-2012 08:41 PM

That’s a great looking table and the covered picnic area looks great too. Only one problem, you aren’t going to burn those beautiful turning blanks stacked next to the grill are you???

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 07-20-2012 08:57 PM

nice work and once finished it will be a GREAT addition to the party corner you are slowly evolving. That plae just looks so inviting. Keep on keepin’ on.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 07-20-2012 10:06 PM

I love it

You have the eye.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 07-20-2012 11:34 PM

Great job. Most folks would have thought they needed a new picnic table. Thanks for sharing.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#12 posted 07-21-2012 03:24 AM

Really cool looking table! Love the way the planks fit together. Nice job

-- Ben from IL

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#13 posted 07-21-2012 03:44 AM

Very cool! Really love your whole arrangement out there, fantastic place to bbq, have fun, eat…all around, very nice! I’ll take one please.

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#14 posted 07-21-2012 05:58 AM

What a great improvement to your older table. I can see it already with the new seats attached. I have seen those trees your are talking about, and you are correct…never thought they would look that good once the bark is gone.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#15 posted 07-21-2012 04:43 PM

Turned out really beautiful. You’ve given me some ideas on similar projects (cept I don’t have access to the juniper that you use, so will have to settle for pine or similar).

Thanks for posting.


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