Cedar Patio Table

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Project by BrandonR posted 04-17-2013 03:27 AM 2211 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a custom build for a client who at first was interested in a custom picnic table. We slowly collaborated and I drew up a design for them and talked them into building with cedar. Luckily a Menards opened last week just a mile away from my house, there cedar is 35% cheaper than HD or Lowes. Check them out if in Midwest.

The construction was all pocket holes and glue. At first I had gotten 1 x material to make the bread board top. I quickly got frustrated as the 1x material kept splitting, cracking with any stress with the pocket holes. I realized the 1 x cedar was just way to fragile for the top, I had to adjust and switch to 2x.

Thanks for al the advise in the forums and steering me way clear away from doing breadboard ends with treated wood. I was very happy with the build, and already have another request for a duplicate table… from my wife.

Biggest lesson learned is I need a big assembly table with a dead flat top. Doing all the pocket holes on a slightly sloped concrete garage floor led to lots of adjustments and sanding.

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#1 posted 04-17-2013 10:33 AM

Nice job, Looks fun to make.

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

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#2 posted 04-17-2013 11:46 AM

Thanks, It was a lot of fun

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#3 posted 04-17-2013 01:23 PM

Very nice, great job!!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 10:50 PM

I went to the new Menard’s last night! What a place. Nice table too.

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#5 posted 04-17-2013 10:55 PM

well done

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 11:47 AM

Love it! Nice build.One of the most important patio furniture that can add style to your patio is a cedar patio table.Quality patio furniture can really make a statement about your home and your lifestyle.

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#7 posted 04-19-2013 01:45 PM

Good looking set! Looks sturdy and well made. Love the cedar. A great addition to the patio. Great work!

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