Picnic Table #1: Intro

While going through my favorite pictures I remember this table: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/51352 I thought now is the time to try and build it. The post has some details, I will need to figure the rest. That’s what I love to do. I...

Picnic Table #2: Building the Form

In keeping with my pledge to only use leftover and recycled material, I decided not to buy the construction plywood to make the form but to use some saved MDF IKEA closet from the days I had the apartment. That decision will prove to be costly… ...

Picnic Table #3: Preparing the Laminates

Cutting the laminate was the most adventurous part of the project so far. As I stated earlier, I used the 4×6 to cut the laminate from. Dimensions: The leg has a base of 3″×3″, And since there will be creeping up and down during the glue up,...

Picnic Table #4: Lamination

I did a quick dry run with a couple of laminates on the form. I heard crackling. It seemed to me the wood was too dry and the existing stress in the wood was fighting against me. Need some energy, time for Ice cream before the glue up. ...

Picnic Table #5: Legs Cleanup

The previous segment of this blog we ended with two arches. One had a lot of creep and the other not so much. I have never cleaned any arched piece that big. Again it is heavy and curved (: Dry run on the jointer with 2 rollers was not...

Picnic Table #6: The Top

I spent the last 2 weekends working on the top and it is now done. This blog is a little too long but did not want to brake it into two. I asked Bently many questions about how best to go buy building the top. I received tremendous amount of...

Picnic Table #7: Finishing Up

At the end of blog #6 we left off with the top done. Here is the top with a couple of coats of spar urethane. I looked at many finish for outdoor and read many review and posts. I looked at Cabot timber oil and Epifane that keep popping up....