|Project by Grit||posted 08-07-2013 06:37 PM||986 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This summer I put in a new gate, and used “Plood”(my name), or “Fwood”(my wife’s name), that is plastic wood, or fake wood. It was thin and durable to use inside the metal frame. The contrast of red and black appealed to me. I took my teak bench, that had greyed, sanded it down, stained it a “Cabernet,” and painted the green metal black. Tired of the teak oil going dry in a year, I coated it with a SPAR Poly.
I then made a very sturdy redwood end table. The top inside pieces are double biscuited with “0” biscuits. The outside frame is double biscuited with “10” biscuits. The skirt and the base rap use fake dowels. I drilled them with deck screws set in about a half inch. I made dowels, glued them in, and sawed them off.
I put five coats of SPAR Poly on it. Hopefully this will hold up outside. I am aware that it will yellow.
My challenge was that I wanted to look down the slits in the top and see nothing but negative space. I didn’t want to see the tops of the legs, or the top of the skirt. I was successful at that, but had to deviate from my original plans to keep my original design.
I only wish I waited a little longer before sanding and finish coating my fake dowels. I made my own putty with glue and redwood sawdust. The glue appeared to be dry, but when I put my first coat of Spar on, it was stained. Bummer, because all the joints were done nicely.
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