Redwood End Table

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Project by Grit posted 08-07-2013 06:37 PM 1723 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This summer I put in a new gate, and used “Plood”(my name), or “Fwood”(my wife’s name), that is plastic wood, or fake wood. It was thin and durable to use inside the metal frame. The contrast of red and black appealed to me. I took my teak bench, that had greyed, sanded it down, stained it a “Cabernet,” and painted the green metal black. Tired of the teak oil going dry in a year, I coated it with a SPAR Poly.

I then made a very sturdy redwood end table. The top inside pieces are double biscuited with “0” biscuits. The outside frame is double biscuited with “10” biscuits. The skirt and the base rap use fake dowels. I drilled them with deck screws set in about a half inch. I made dowels, glued them in, and sawed them off.

I put five coats of SPAR Poly on it. Hopefully this will hold up outside. I am aware that it will yellow.

My challenge was that I wanted to look down the slits in the top and see nothing but negative space. I didn’t want to see the tops of the legs, or the top of the skirt. I was successful at that, but had to deviate from my original plans to keep my original design.

I only wish I waited a little longer before sanding and finish coating my fake dowels. I made my own putty with glue and redwood sawdust. The glue appeared to be dry, but when I put my first coat of Spar on, it was stained. Bummer, because all the joints were done nicely.

-- "Be more human."

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#1 posted 08-08-2013 12:28 AM

very nicely done,it should last a long time.i’ve never used the spar varnish before,but it seems several ljs have recommended it.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 08-08-2013 06:05 AM

Thanks for the comment WB88. I hope it lasts a long time. I put five coats on, and as soon as I see a crack or chip, I will take it to my shop to sand, and recoat. That shouldn’t take more than a half hour.

My enemy in Southern California is the brutal sun, more than any rain we will receive.

-- "Be more human."

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#3 posted 08-12-2013 02:36 PM

Good looking and sturdy end table! Great joints and finish. I’m sure it will be enjoyed for many years.

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