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Simple Cedar Outdoor Dining Table

May 9, 2011 |
posted by pericles49
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Simple Cedar Outdoor Dining Table
Simple Cedar Outdoor Dining Table
Simple Cedar Outdoor Dining Table
About This Project

We needed an outdoor table for our patio, and this one fit the bill!

I loved the photos that others have put out of their own tables, but I was concerned about eating off of a table that was stained and varnished with petrochemicals. In order to avoid the toxic finish, I built the top and stretchers out of cedar wood, which I sanded down to 220 grit, and gave a light coat of tung oil finish. The legs are untreated 2x4s that I sanded down and gave a heavy coat of tung (e.g. seven applications.)

To ensure the legs remain in good condition, I intend to foot them with sheet metal casings when I remove them at the end of the season.

I also took Ana's advice, and attached the legs using bolts, so that I can disassemble the table and throw it in the garage over the winter. There's a close-up of how I inset the bolt-heads with a spade-bit below.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$85
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
Cedar
Finish Used: 
Tung oil

That looks fantastic!

That looks fantastic!

posted by Bobbie (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-05-09 09:53
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non-toxic finish

Your table looks great! Just wanted to add that I also wanted to avoid toxic stains - we use AFM Safecoat Durostain, which has no odor even when wet and turns out beautifully.

posted by yogashell | on Fri, 2012-07-06 09:56

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