Rustic Style Red Cedar Small Dining Table/Desk/Side Board?

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Project by SawDustnSplinters posted 01-30-2010 04:01 AM 9723 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rustic Style Red Cedar Small Dining Table/Desk/Side Board?
I finished this today, took awhile with the cold damp weather getting the finish to dry, I used 2” thick planks of Aromatic Red Cedar, cause I like that deep red/purple color “Poor Man’s Purple Heart” hehe. I used biscuits and T2 glue. I hand routed the mortises for the legs 1” deep into the top, I used 2.5-3” diameter cedar log legs and draw-knived and left alot of the darker inner cambium bark on them in places, I used epoxy to set them and kreg screws. Finish is Poly.

This would make a good desk for me :) plenty of room for my junk or a small farm table…Thanx

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 05:27 AM

Very nice. Love that rustic cedar.

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 03:25 PM

Beautiful Frank, too bad this georgous wood usually gets hidden inside something!

-- Dean, Kinderhook, New York

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 06:43 PM

Glad to see a 2 in. glue up cedar top. I have a stack of 2 in. cedar slabs all live edge and am thinking of building a coffee table with a glass insert. My question is, do you have your cedar kiln dried or just air dried? The logs i had have been on the ground for a year and slabbed out 2weeks ago. I have them stickered in the garage with a fan blowing on them to assist drying. I am concerned about shrinkage at the joints. I see you us poly as a finish, do you have any finish issues with the knots? I have thought about waterborn poly any thoughts?

Thanks for any info
Lance in Southwest missouri

-- Lance, southwest Missouri, [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 09:32 PM

Thanx for all the kind comments.

Lance, I have found that in Texas, Aromatic Red Cedar and Mesquite are fairly stable enough to work with after a little air-drying, Red cedar loses it’s moisture fairly quickly and I have been able to work with it after just a few weeks. I primarily use air-dried cedar. You have to use a good sealer, I used several coats of a shellac based sanding sealer, sanding between coats, let the knots soak up alot of that sealer, if you don’t seal the cedar it will soak up the poly like a sponge. It is a soft wood so I chose oil based poly also for durability, have not tried water based yet. Also on the knots and any checks I used a little black tinted epoxy and grind it flush. In the past I have put turquoise chips, arrowheads, etc in any big holes around knots.

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 04:20 AM

Once again Frank….. you have crafted a beautiful piece. I love the style of your work and your choice of woods.

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