2 decks + 1 swingset = redwood picnic table

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Project by JohnEinNJ posted 08-05-2012 04:15 PM 1390 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

The wood for this table came from two recycled redwood decks, with a few other pieces from a swingset. The long pieces are only about 1 1/8 inch thick, so the bench had a bit of flex to it; there’s a stiffener added down the center that took care of that, mostly. It’s finished with one coat of Heritage Natural Finishes Concentrated Finishing Oil (used to be Land Ark). I like the color and feel of the wood after just this one coat; we’ll see how it holds up. Most of the lumber came from a craigslist ad. It was advertised at $1 per linear foot, or $2/foot if we helped him clean it up in his basement shop. What a shop! It had to be 800 square feet or more, with 5 inch aluminum dust collection everywhere. It was mostly industrial quality machinery that he had bought off craigslist. Since my “shop” consists of a table saw, miter saw, and drill press that have to be rolled out of the garage and into the driveway, it was a like a dream to work in this shop chopping, planing, jointing, and trimming for a morning.

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#1 posted 08-11-2012 08:44 PM

You recycled wood (always a good thing ) and you built a relationship with the shop guy, double win for you.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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