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Project by recycle1943 posted 08-19-2021 03:34 PM 551 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little over a year ago I constructed a patio table for my neighbor. She and I felt that the cedar would be a colorful and durable lumber. To my dismay I was told by the mfg. of the finish I selected that I had made a couple errors in application because the table top turned totally GREY and it looked just like a cinder block wall without the cement lines. Sure wish I had taken some pictures of that but – moving on.
Above are pictures of the refinished table on her patio. During the refinish process I talked to the customer rep a couple times and was assured that I had done everything right this time. I’m not going to say what the finish is, it wouldn’t be fair because I do feel it was me that failed not them.
At any rate, it is absolutely stunning in it’s present state and I was assured that it would remain that way with a little maintenance.

Have a great day and thanks for looking

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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pottz

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#1 posted 08-19-2021 04:16 PM

ahhh the infamous table weve talked about.looks damn nice now dick,glad it worked out ok.after our discussions im still at a loss as too what really went wrong.i use that finish on all my outdoor projects and never had an issue.just give it a fresh coat once a year and it should stay beautiful for many years hopefully.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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987Ron

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#2 posted 08-19-2021 04:35 PM

Regardless of the past issues it looks great now.

-- Ron

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 08-19-2021 04:44 PM



ahhh the infamous table weve talked about.looks damn nice now dick,glad it worked out ok.after our discussions im still at a loss as too what really went wrong.i use that finish on all my outdoor projects and never had an issue.just give it a fresh coat once a year and it should stay beautiful for many years hopefully.

- pottz


The pictures don’t show it as nice as in real time – she’s happy, that’s what counts


Regardless of the past issues it looks great now.

- 987Ron

Thanks Ron – I fretted over it for several months before I finally tackled it.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 08-19-2021 04:58 PM

Looks great now, Dick! Also looks like you’ve been a busy guy lately.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 08-19-2021 05:36 PM



Looks great now, Dick! Also looks like you’ve been a busy guy lately.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks Dave, I’m always busy doing one thing or another. I just don’t post all of my things, I’d overload the site lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 08-19-2021 09:04 PM

Very pretty loos great now.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 08-19-2021 09:38 PM



Very pretty loos great now.

- oldrivers

Thanks, I’m hoping it stays that way

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 08-19-2021 10:38 PM

Great looking table, Dick..love that cedar!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 08-19-2021 10:41 PM



Great looking table, Dick..love that cedar!!

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim, the sealer I put on really made a difference

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Oldtool

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#10 posted 08-20-2021 01:44 AM

Dick,
The table looks fantastic now, the story has a great outcome.

I know you mentioned the original finish was incorrect due to your error, and I appreciate you not blaming & mentioning the manufacturer, but for us other amateurs, what did you do wrong in the first place? I only ask so as to avoid the same mistakes.

Thanks

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 08-20-2021 02:26 AM

Looks great. I agree with Oldtool, how are we supposed to learn from your mistakes if you don’t tell us about them? ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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recycle1943

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#12 posted 08-20-2021 02:29 AM



Dick,
The table looks fantastic now, the story has a great outcome.

I know you mentioned the original finish was incorrect due to your error, and I appreciate you not blaming & mentioning the manufacturer, but for us other amateurs, what did you do wrong in the first place? I only ask so as to avoid the same mistakes.

Thanks

- Oldtool

The entire problem was my fault in that I used a ‘new’ to me finish that required more attention to detail. The first ‘silly’ detail was not sanding to the product specs. I should have done my ‘finish’ sanding with 100 or 120 grit but in my infinite wisdom I sanded with 220 grit and thereby CLOSING the surface. I used 220 because everybody knows that 120 does not leave a nice smooth surface.
The second faux paux was not leaving the finish on the surface long enough, wouldn’t have made any difference anyway because I had sealed the surface and the liquid finish/sealer could not penetrate.
The third mistake was not removing ALL the liquid from the surface thereby leaving a surface undeveloped and unprepared and the summer sun took full advantage letting the uv rays turn it grey.
Now having said all that I do have to say that I did follow their instructions to the max this time and if this turns grey again I WILL make my displeasure known until I am reimbursed for materials and as much labor as I can scream out of them. As well, if it works as they promise I will sing their praises loud and clear

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 08-20-2021 02:42 AM

It’s a great looking table Dick. I hope it stays looking that good for awhile. I’m lucky I get 2 years out of a outdoor finish unless it’s epoxy. May not of turned out right the first time but looks great this time.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Bluzman

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#14 posted 08-20-2021 03:18 AM

Looks great Dick, couple of questions, what thickness lumber did you start with, 4/4 6/4 ? And what final thickness did you mill to?

Great job!
Paul in Nashvile

-- Paul Stewart • Goodlettsville, Tennessee

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crowie

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#15 posted 08-20-2021 06:10 AM

That’s gorgeous timber Dick on a beautiful table, well done sir!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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