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Forum topic by Wendybird posted 03-07-2015 02:55 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2015 02:55 PM

I bought some cedar 1×6 yesterday. My plan was for an outdoor table and couple benches. Will 1 inch be too thin for the top of the table and benches? Or will there be a way to help support it? I’m considering something like this for the legs but would it be batter to laminate the cedar? I do like the look of these legs

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 03:52 PM

1” boards for the table top will be fine, but I’d reconsider going with at least 5/4 for the frame if not 6/4

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 08:45 PM

I remeasured and they are 3/4 to 7/8”

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 09:34 PM

I second what Ghidrah said about the base. You should be able to get 2x cedar lumber and would be much happier with the results. (If you mention 3/4”-7/8” thickness, I’m guessing it is rough-sawn on one side? That may be uncomfortable with possible splinters to those sitting at your table – something to think of…)

I would also have your intermediate cross supports for your 1x top about 16” – 24” o.c. You see in that picture, there is an apron just below the table top; I would have supports going across what I’m calling ‘intermediate supports’. I wouldn’t span that whole table length with your 1x’s. I don’t know what your expectations are over the years, but you will notice some cupping of the boards especially if you have hot humid summers and dry freezing winters. Spacing the intermediate supports closer together, gluing down the 1x boards with something like gorilla glue, and plenty of fasteners will help.

I made a garden bench with 2x treated frame with intermediate supports about 16” o.c. (from memory) and 1×4 cedar with gorilla glue and galvanized finish nails. Also, a deck stain to help prolong the life. That was a couple years ago, and it is still looking good and joints are holding tight.

So, I think it’s not so much the 1x being the concern as it is about the frame below. Good Luck with your project.

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