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Forum topic by Bluzman posted 04-18-2017 02:12 AM 825 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2017 02:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: smoker table outdoor recommendations cedar question finishing rustic

Going to build a smoker table for my son-in-law that will fit into a corner of his covered (roofed) deck. Going to make the table out of cedar and wanting to ask for some recommendations on finishing the top.

For the frame and lower shelf I will use a several coats of clear outdoor sealer.

I want the top to have a nicer finish/appearance.

Food will not be prepared on wood surfaces. The table will have a recess for a chopping block made from some sort of sanitizable (granite/glass etc) material. But it will have to stand up to food and drinks spilt on it now and then I’m sure. The table top will be constructed from milled lumber, 3 edge joined sections of panels, fastened to the frame with brackets from beneath (open to suggestions for brackets as well) the table top.

Preferences/characteristics for the finish, in order of importance, are pretty simple:

1) durability
2) weather resistance, it will get some rain, when the rain is coming in sideways as it does sometimes in Nashville.
3) beauty, appearance

Something that stands up to cold beers and messy cooks (which are common in this neck of the woods) and still looks great.

Click here to see concept drawings, a picture of a very basic smoker table made from pine as a general idea, and the lumber that will be used.

Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas and expertise.


-- Paul Stewart • Goodlettsville, Tennessee

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#1 posted 04-18-2017 02:30 AM

Marine varnish

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