|Project by junipercanyon||posted 05-08-2013 03:09 PM||2725 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
My mom bought a simple picnic table quite a few years ago, got “most” of it painted, and left it outside in the weather for it to live the life of most of its kind, getting the ocasional visit on cool summer days for backyard bbq’s in an otherwise forgotten existence. Well, as time and nature worked against the wood of this old table, it had become almost unusable with the one side of the seat benches sagging very bad, and the top warped so much that it had pulled the screws holding it down right out of the frame. It was probably closer to getting burned in the trash pile than it was becoming a dining room table, but fortunately I had an idea that gave it new life. I needed a picnic table, she had one (sort of), and since the frame of this old table was still in usable condition I ripped off the top boards and sculpted new ones. See the original build story here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68932
I dealt with the sagging seat boards for the summer as I had more projects than time. I knew I needed to finish this project, but needed an excuse to pull my attention to it…and then I got a special request from my mom to build her a new dining room table because she wanted to give hers away to my younger sister who had just moved out on her own. She has a set of book matched live edge walnut slabs that she wants me to use for the new table, (and I will), but at the moment I just didn’t have time to build a new table…...so, since she had already given away her table, and needed one in a hurry, I decided to give up her old “picnic” table and spend the weekend replacing the seat boards on the sagging side, sanded down the entire frame smooth so there would be no chance of slivers, and shaped it into a table that looked like it belonged inside instead of the forgotten corner in the back yard. She was more than excited when I showed up with this table, and has let me off the hook for now on the new table request so she can enjoy this one for a while. I like this design a lot….half dimension lumber, half rustic live edge slab wood, and completely made from trash wood. A few hours, (ok, maybe more than a few) of sanding away the ugly, and some attention to the little details can bring new life and purpose to more than just a piece of wood!
-- Juniper Canyon Design