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Forum topic by SKlaus posted 04-30-2015 08:06 PM 530 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SKlaus

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04-30-2015 08:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cypress dining table fire hydrant

I was looking at cypress today. Anyone have any experience with it? I would like to use it as the trestle and spider supports for an upcoming build. Its a Fire House Dining table measuring 15-16ft long x 3 ft wide x 2.5 inch thick top, probably weighing in excess of 500 lbs or more. The base will be 2 hydrants placed on spider/cross bases at the ends and 2 middle trestle supports. I know cypress is a light weight wood and isnt very hard, probably similar to poplar, but its just beautiful especially the rift and quarter sawn lengths. It has beautiful cathedraling in the flat sawn sections and I can get it for under 4 bucks a foot!! which would make the boys at the station happy!! would anyone advise against this?

I know cypress is commonly used in structural timbers and is used frequently for outdoor applications. But we are talking 4/4 and 8/4 here.. Not 4x’s and 6x’s… I just wonder if it will hold up under the weight given the stock i’d be using.. Not to mention a bunch of firefighters steel toes down there!!

-- 2 Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."


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#1 posted 04-30-2015 08:41 PM

SKlaus. I think that you will find that cypress will work for you just fine. It is a lighter wood in color but is plenty strong for the application you are describing. Two and one half inch is plenty thick (if not a little overkill) for a table top and would be plenty strong enough for the spider cross bases.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 09:10 PM

Its gonna be pretty thick because I plan on using plywood to span the 16 feet without a seam, which means I need to splice sheets together by doubling them up and staggering them. I was planning on using 3/4” however someone from another post brought up that 1/2” might work just fine… plus I will be laying strips of 1×2 over that for a “faux” bowling alley look (I might rip the 1×2’s down to 1/4×2’s since they are for visual only any ways), plus I need about 3/8” between the apron and the top so I can inset some objects and pour a bar top finish over it. So either way, It’ll be pretty thick. If you have any ideas as to how to keep the thickness down, Im all ears!!

BTW, I see you are in Aiken… My parents live in New Ellenton! Not often does a miami boy run into another person from Aiken!!

-- 2 Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

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