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I recently moved into a new place which lucky for me had a large entertaining deck at the back of the house.

Ambitiously i decided that i didn't like the idea of purchasing a cheap glass table and chairs and that i would build a large table to fill the space nicely and provide a great place to enjoy a bbq/meal.

This was my first large woodwork project and I'm happy with the result and functionality of the table whilst there was a steep learning curve in some areas and a shortfall of tools (only a drop saw and circular saw at my disposal) it has given me a large amount of confidence to attempt to build other project ideas and hopefully produce the same results.

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Nicely Done.
 

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Nice looking table, well done. Did you use solid boards in the middle or plywood? I was wondering about wood expansion.
 

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I used solid boards (3/4 inch or 19mm) for the table infill butted as tight as possible.

With regards to expansion I left a small gap of 1mm (not sure what they would be in inches) at end of the table which I then sealed using a flexible, waterproof sealant used on boat decks.

I haven't found expansion to be a issue as yet, the table has been outside in the sun for about 4 months but it is covered to prevent rain and dirt getting onto it when not in use. My concern has more so been timber shrinkage which has meant the table has opened between the boards by a small amount (less than 1.5mm) something which i didn't think about.

Perhaps running a glue joint router bit along the board edges may have held it together??? A router was not something I owned at the time of building…i'd be interested to know if jointing the boards may have made a difference….(something to consider in future projects)
 

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That's really nice. Beautiful contrast between the wood.
 
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