|Project by Grantman||posted 08-24-2013 06:31 PM||2516 views||3 times favorited||18 comments|
About three years ago, a buddy gave me a slab of cedar with a gigantic hole in the middle of it. It’s about 50” x 22” x 1 3/4”. He said he had it in his basement for about eight years but couldn’t figure out what to do with it and figured I could. Well, for three years I couldn’t; it just sat there collecting dust.
Then my older sister said we should throw a surprise birthday party for our baby sister who would be turning 60. I thought, she likes cedar and maybe I could finally figure out what to do for the legs, which as you can see, I finally did. The difficult part was stabilizing the rotten wood in the core. I chose a 2:1 epoxy by US Composites to coat the rotten wood and then used their Kleer Kote self-leveling bar top finish for the whole top.
I inlaid a 1/8” piece of walnut I had from a resaw project into the bottom so if she wants to put something in the middle, say flowers, she can.
The legs were cut from my wife’s 30+ year old waterbed that’s been moved from here to there; finally, after draining it, it’s been put to good use. The legs were rough cut with the band saw joined with splines, and I used a 1/4” template with my router. A couple of small stretchers and it was done. I used Rustoleum spray gloss black paint for the legs.
Not only did we pull the surprise party off, the table was a double surprise, too. All in all, a very happy sister.