Sculpted Juniper picnic table #2: Test top done, now for the custom table

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Blog entry by junipercanyon posted 07-23-2012 04:56 PM 2279 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, all the great compliments from the replacement top ( have helped inspire me to keep my motivation up to build a full custom table. So I intend to keep in progress pics through the entire build of this table. I hope you enjoy following along!

Step 1: Mill out the boards from these ugly logs.

Step 2: Lay out the boards how I want them to fit together, and then cut to length. I went with 7’-1” on this project as it worked well for the boards I am using. Juniper grows at a very rapid taper, so alternating the wide butt and narrow top helps keep the table somewhat square shaped.

Step 3: Peel off the bark edge with a home made draw knife ($2 yard sale find). You can see the knife hanging off the board in this pic. It works pretty good. I want to make a couple of these myself at different widths. I’ve read using an old leaf spring from a car works good, so that’s what I am going to try. It took 40 min. to draw knife all 4 boards, (about 5min per edge).

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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Don W

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 05:19 PM

keep ‘em coming. I’ve never worked with juniper, we don’t see much here in the north east. It looks pretty good, and you seem to know exactly what yo do with it.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 05:47 PM

Love it. Wish I had some juniper.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 07:16 PM

Those are “beautiful” logs, especially given what you do with them to become even more beautiful as a tabletop. Sharing your process is very much appreciated.

Thanks for posting.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 08:25 PM

Thanks for this blog! You have a great “stand” in which you put the boards when you use the drawknife. How are the attached to the floor? Or are they set in a railroad tie? Whatever….its a nice set-up for rough shaping the boards. Good job so far.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 08:46 PM

LOL…for once the picture gives better justice than the project deserves!!! The stand is just a couple of cut off ends from the boards I am working on screwed down 48” apart to a long board for a base, (took less than 5min to jig up). The first couple of minutes using the draw knife, I was down on the floor holding the board up between my knees as I worked and got tired of that real quick. So I grabbed a couple of scraps that I had just trimmed off, cut a 2 1/4” notch out of the top of them to slip the working boards down into and got back to the business of pulling the draw knife. Thanks for the compliment though!!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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