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Dannnyh

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08-11-2014 05:24 PM

Hi all

This is my first post here. I have a few pieces of oak that I am hoping to make into an outdoor table and bench set. I have few questions which I am hoping you guys may be able to help me with.

I am planing on adding a few bow ties at each end of the table to stabalise the two main cracks, I am happy to leave the other small cracks and lines as they are, but will this present a problem with it being an outside table ?

I have drawn up designs for a steel base for the table and benches but I am tring to work out how connect the two, my original plan was to use stainless steel coach bolts, but after doing some research here I am worried that it will not allow the table and base to move as required ?

TIA

Danny


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Dannnyh

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#1 posted 08-12-2014 10:10 PM

Does anyone have any suggestions ? should i of put this in a different area of the forum ?

Thanks Dan

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wiwildcat

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 12:16 AM

My 2cents….I don’t have much experience but I would bow tie all the cracks (exterior weatherproof glue) and then fill the cracks with epoxy (large cracks may feel uncomfortable when sitting on the bench in shorts). For the steel base to wood connection, the holes in the steel need to be larger or elongated to allow for any wood movement.

FYI. You may get more responses if you change the title to read…help needed on live edge table and bench….or questions about live edge bench and table.

-- Wisconsin Wildcat

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Dannnyh

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 09:02 AM

Thanks Wildcat, I had already thought about elongating the holes in the steel to allow some movement, I am guessing the hole lengths should run perpendicular to the grain.

I have a big bottle of titebond that I used when constructing my shed roof which should do the job of fixing the bowties.

Luckily the two pieces I plan to use for the benches are pretty crack free, could you recommend the type of epoxy to use, will that effect any finishing oil I use ?

Thanks for the help and sorry for all the questions !

Dan

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 02:54 PM

Is this table going to sit out in the weather?

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Dannnyh

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 03:07 PM

Hi mrjinx, yes, although I will most likely move it to the garage for the winter so it avoids the rain/snow between October and April.

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wiwildcat

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 06:09 PM

Since it is outside, Epoxy might discoloration or break down in UV light. You could put a uv finish over it, but most uv finishes will only last a couple years in the direct sun before peeling or cracking. You could go without epoxy and just keep oiling it every year. Weather and sun will take it toll on the wood. Wonder what wood boat builders use and how it holds up? Might want to research that a bit to get ideas.

Sorry I could not help more.

-- Wisconsin Wildcat

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Dannnyh

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 07:10 PM

thanks for the input wildcat, i already have some osmo polyx oil which i have been told should be suitable for what i need.

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 08:58 PM

I don’t really have much to add to this, but I’d sure be tempted to save the smaller pieces with those beautiful burls, especially the one on the left, for a special piece of indoor furniture.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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Dannnyh

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#9 posted 08-13-2014 09:50 PM

They are lovely bits of wood.

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richardwootton

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#10 posted 08-13-2014 09:56 PM

Yeah I definitely couldn’t bring myself to use that outside!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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Dannnyh

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#11 posted 08-13-2014 10:19 PM

What would you do with it ?

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mahdee

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#12 posted 08-14-2014 02:39 AM

You can do a lot with those instead of making them into an outdoors furniture. #1 piece can make a nice end table. #2 in the middle, a nice coffee table. #2, third pic, a cool hall table. #2 1st pic, possibly a shelf.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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PhillipRCW

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#13 posted 01-16-2015 10:20 PM

Did you end up building anything out of those pieces yet?

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#14 posted 01-17-2015 12:24 AM

Yep too good for outside ruination with the weather being what it is,Basically imho it’s to nice to go out of doors.There are many cabinet making things you could make, but you don’t seem to have the quantity to do a great deal of things,from what I see here.I think you could take your time and make something spectacular an heirloom for hundreds of years to come. Alistair

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

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Dannnyh

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#15 posted 01-17-2015 02:00 AM

Still got them, thinking of making a couple of nice tables for inside. I found a few nice plain bits to use for my seat benches instead.

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