Red Oak "Endgrain" Outdoor Table

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Project by KnotCurser posted 08-15-2010 04:29 PM 5625 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over a year ago, my Sister was given two HUGE slabs of red oak from a recently felled tree. Although sopping wet and covered in saw dust she still saw the potential and made me a deal – I get to keep one of them if I make her a center table for her patio out of the other one. Deal!

After basically forgetting about it for a full year, it was finally dried enough to work on a month or so ago.

The first part was surfacing – I had to make myself a HUGE router sled to accomplish this – take a look at the second picture – the table it’s on is four feet square. After an hour or so I had two perfectly flat sides to work with.

Then came the filling of the cracks – I used poly glue and then topped it off with a mixture of super glue and fine sawdust of various species from the base of my sander. Also placed five bow-ties on one of the edges to (hopefully) keep a nasty crack from expanding. Three on the top and two on the bottom.

A BUNCH of sanding and it was ready for legs. Found four suitable oak branches and formed tenons on them to match my largest Forstner bit.

A few coats of Australian Outdoor Oil and voila!

Dimensions: Approx 36” diameter and four inch slab of oak – stands around 15” tall and weighs at least 60 pounds.

One thing to note – this was originally two oak trees – they “merged” after 25 or so years of growth – you can see the bark at the very middle of the piece where they smooshed together – very cool!

Anyone want to count the rings? I have no idea how old this is….......


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 05:37 PM

cool table, looks great. would like to know how well that aussie oil holds up

-- Kim , Texas, " Als ik kan" ( the best i can ) credits to Gustav Stickley

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 05:53 PM


I use this oil “(Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil)” on a LOT of my projects and it works VERY well and lasts a really long time. Have never used it on a deck though…...

I DO know that it takes a very long time to fully cure – sometimes even weeks – and remains a little tacky until it does fully cure.

Pretty stinky as well – do NOT use indoors!

Hope this helps!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 06:59 PM


Thanks for the info, it helps a lot. Can’t wait that long on most of my projects ,but I’ve been wanting to
to try that oil. I’ll use it on the next A frame cedar swing I build.


-- Kim , Texas, " Als ik kan" ( the best i can ) credits to Gustav Stickley

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#4 posted 08-17-2010 08:24 AM

very cool.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#5 posted 08-25-2010 10:11 PM

Ideas, Ideas, hints, shortcuts, whatever. Why reinvent the wheel? I really like the router sled concept. I have learned something new each time I come to this site. Thanks for sharing!

And the table looks great! I also like the legs!


-- Fred, Georgia

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