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Forum topic by Bulldog6276 posted 02-09-2015 04:17 PM 806 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2015 04:17 PM

Does anyone know how to connect two pieces of cedar that are roughly 18inches wide each 90 inches long and 4 inches thick to make a bar? It’s going to be sitting on 24 inches of cabinets with 12 inches of over hang on one side and none on the other. The bar is going to serve as a dinner table also due to a lack of space. Also is there a way to kelm dry or stain the wood to keep the red and white it is? Thanks!

And if this is in the wrong area please move it ill have pics of the wood shortly

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 07:44 PM

Lots of ways to join those boards along the 90 degree edges. You could use biscuits, dominos, or dowels. You could also add a floating spline. An edge glued joint with butterflies would look pretty neat too. You can also half lap them or make a locking rabbet joint. Lots of choices. I think that a contrasting wood used to make the butterfly joints might be the most attractive and it’s plenty strong.

As for finish others may disagree but I have never had the color of cedar keep red very long, under any finish. UV light is just too harsh and will change the color over time.

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 08:10 PM

Exterior finishes have more uv blockers than interior. Most should keep it red longer. On this long and thick I’d spline it the whole way with the same type of wood. I’ve had less trouble with movement with similar wood on larger pieces.

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 09:41 PM

With a 12” overhang, I believe you’ll need extra supports under that section.

I agree with a spline but that will show on the ends and you’ll have to deal with that.

Unless it’s kept out of bright light I don’t think anything will keep it from turning color over time. Mostly, it will get darker and, likely browner, but it should still look good, just not as bright.

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