Outdoor dining table

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Project by easiersaidthandone posted 724 days ago 3684 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my outdoor table made from dimensional cedar lumber. I got the inspiration from a project featured on house calls. The dimensions are 40”x72” which provides comfortable seating for 6 people. Each of the 8 2×4s of the table top have two biscuits into the 2×6 at each end. The base is made with 4×4 legs connected by 2×4 rails and lots of 2 1/2” pocket screws. Pocket screws evenly spaced around the 2×4 perimeter of the base secure the top in place. The finish is Thompson’s water seal.

9 month update (second picture): Well the water seal was apparently not the best finish because the table quickly turned gray and ugly looking after only a few months. So this spring, I sanded the top down and applied a UV protecting deck stain that is clear with a cedar tint. The package said it lasts 6 years on fences and 4 years on decks, so hopefully it will look good for quite a while.

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#1 posted 724 days ago

Nice, I think I would just move that on into the dining room!

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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#2 posted 724 days ago

Great looking table, made one for my patio recently as well. Love the colors of the wood and nice finish!

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

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 724 days ago

Nice looking table. Welcome to LJ’s.

Did you stain the outer edge or use different wood?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 724 days ago

Great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 724 days ago

Great looking table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 724 days ago

Looks great. I like how the edges and legs are a contrasting color. Sharp.

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#7 posted 723 days ago

Nice looking table. good job

-- Ben from IL

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#8 posted 723 days ago

It was sort of a happy accident that the wood came out colored as it did. The finish was clear, but the wetness (they were labeled ‘green stiks’) of the wood was responsible for the coloring. Unfortunately, after a few weeks of drying and sun exposure outside, it has all faded to about the same color, losing the dramatic effect of contrasting colors. Next year I plan to go back with some tinted waterseal to get some of the color back.

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#9 posted 522 days ago

This is excellent.Great job.An outdoor dining table should complement your existing home decor and theme.Your outdoor furniture is as important as your inside furniture, especially as you will spend many hours enjoying your outdoor furniture over the summer months.

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