Stolen idea from LJ's.....again

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Project by Jerry posted 05-26-2013 02:10 PM 2899 views 70 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made one of these out of cedar scraps for our patio. After a few parties, I was planing, cutting, glueing and pin nailing WAY more than I wanted to for friends and family. I guess it’s the smell of sawdust and seeing the smiles that keep us going in this hobby.
thanks for looking!!!

And thanks to whoever I stole this from recently, getting to old to remember these things!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 02:29 PM

neat little projects…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 02:45 PM

Very cool, would be nice to see a pic of the underside to see how they are put together. I have some scraps that would be perfect to knock out a few of these of my own.

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 03:00 PM

This will be a great idea to reduce my scrap pile. Thanks for posting this neat little project.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 05-26-2013 03:11 PM

@Ottacat: I’ll take an underside pic and message it to you sometime this weekend.

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#5 posted 05-26-2013 04:44 PM

I agree…I love the smell. As soon as someone asks for something I made I get excited that I have yet another excuse to go into the garage….


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#6 posted 05-26-2013 07:34 PM

A great idea ! well done I might copy this myself Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 09:52 PM

I guess you stolen from

if possible, please post more photos including the underside

maybe I stolen your way to do it :D

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 09:58 PM

I like this. You are going to make me a thief as well… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 05-27-2013 01:27 AM

Great idea.I would like to see the underside as well….

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#11 posted 05-27-2013 01:58 AM

I think a fellow LJ buddy named JSB came up with it. At least that’s where I saw them.

Here is his version. It has a sketchup diagram and video on how to do it. Just add the salt and pepper shaker.

And here’s another version he made using a bench.

Both are pretty cool. And so is yours. Thanks for sharing this with us. I will have to make some of these. Of course I have to add the salt and pepper shakers. Love it!

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#12 posted 05-27-2013 04:09 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 05-27-2013 04:38 AM

Very practical idea. I suppose one could go in many different directions besides the picnic table. But that is really

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#14 posted 05-27-2013 01:22 PM

Ok everyone,
I added 2 underside pics and the complete “kit” before assembly with the 2 jigs I made to make assembly at 90 second job. I plane cedar to 7/16”, then drum sand it to 3/8” for the top slats, bench tops and the bottom stringer. Then saw 1/2” strips of a 3/4” thick board for everything else. Parts list as follows:
(3) tops 2” x 3/8” x 12”
(2) bench tops 1 1/4” x 3/8” x 12”
(1) stringer 1 1/4” x 3/8” x 10”
(1) salt & pepper riser 2” x 4” x 1 1/4”
(2) outer top supports 1/2” x 3/4” x 5”
(2) inner top supports 1/2” x 3/4” x 3 1/2”
(2) bench supports 1/2” x 3/4” x 8”
(4) legs 1/2” x 3/4” x 4” (60 degree miters)
The first jig is notched to hold the 5” supports and marked for the top slats spacing and then flip the top over and there the supports set in place to mark the spacing for the center supports to leave proper space for all of your holes to be drilled later. Then place the bench supports in the same jig and there are markings to install the stringer centered. Flip that over and place in the jig again to get the markings for the center riser that holds the salt & pepper. Mark the holes to be drilled with drill press and 2 hole cutters. Install the legs as pictured on the table top. Set the stringer/riser on a 1/2” scrap and lower the table top over it. Center the stringer assembly so the benches are even and attach. All that is left is the finish. I put a dab of glue on all the joints and us 3/4” (23g) pin nails. The bottle are available anywhere from Walmart, dollar stores and restaurant supply stores.
Have fun!!!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#15 posted 05-27-2013 02:08 PM

Very nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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