Fireside Table in PT

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Project by Don Broussard posted 06-07-2012 05:56 PM 1998 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table I made out of some salvaged pressure treated (PT) lumber, and is used outside by the fire pit, mostly as a spot to temporarily place fireside beverages while having fireside chats. The granite top was given to me by a neighbor who had a few left over pieces from a kitchen remodel. This was my first attempt at draw boring, and I am pretty happy with the results. The center stretcher is a mortise and tenon joint that is just glued in place. There are no screws or nails in the project. By the way, the dowels I used in the draw bores are poplar. I ran the apron stock through the table saw and cut a couple of shallow grooves (not quite flutes) for decoration, but the table is really too low to see that (but I know they are there).

The top is 22”x 25” and the base is roughly 19”x22”, and the top is 18” above finished grass. Gravity is holding the granite top in place.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#1 posted 06-07-2012 06:20 PM

Wow! That’s a really great looking table. It looks like you could use it to hold a building up; very sturdy.

Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 06-07-2012 08:36 PM

Best use of PT lumber I’ve seen in a long time. Nice job, Don.

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#3 posted 06-07-2012 09:52 PM

Great project. If you want the top to stay on in a more permanent way you should use silicone caulk. Does wonders. That’s what I used on my own granite table top project.

-- Chandler Clan

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 12:30 AM

Thanks for looking, and of course, thanks for the nice comments.

@ ChandlerClan—I actually bought some silicone caulk to mount the table top more permanently. I just haven’t put it on yet. BTW, I looked at your side tables, and they are very impressive. Nice design, tight joinery and bold grain. Mother Nature would be proud!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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