Well, here are the two benches and the table top base is also painted, but sits in my living room with no top on it.
The top of the table was “supposed” to be done like the benches. My intentions were to pocket hole it together then to the table apron. Upon further discussion, I’ve discovered I shouldn’t be working with wet wood, and that pocket holeing it together then to the table, will leave no room for expansion or for water to vacate. I have also learned that pressure treated wood, although contains no arsenic anymore, is not a good choice for a table top. Also learned that I need to wait to stain or paint pressure treated wood.(too late) And my benches have no spaces in between the boards….again….too late. I decided to maybe just do full length boards with no bread board, and leave small spaces. Not what I really want, but at the moment I feel backed into a corner and have no other choice. Back to the drawing boards.
I went back to Menards to find some untreated wood or possibly even some cedar. As you can well guess, I came home with diddly-squat!! Nothing straight, and no large cuts of cedar. I went to two other lumber places and they didn’t have anything straight or worthy either. And the gentleman said with costs being so hi for lumber or what ever, that the quality they were getting in was good enough for construction but at a lesser cost, so I wasn’t gonna find anything decent. I even considered getting 1X depth wood, but its not what I really want because its too wimpy looking.
SO. I have two places more I can call today. One apparently sells kiln dried pines and the other is a cedar mill, but is not kiln dried. Fingers are crossed. But was wondering about table top layout. Am I settling for full length planks? Or is there a way to do my original plan? Can I pocket hole it? And spacing for boards….I’ve read that you should do 1/2”. That is such a big space. EVen 1/4 looks big. (i just discovered my wooden carpenter pencil is 1/4” wide…....i know…useless information) Anyhow…any other input will be greatly appreciated.
I love wood, but I don’t know wood or what it does in different environments. And I really wanna build.