Thanks for the great, simple plan for the PATIO TABLE (July 6). I appreciate your plan because
it did not require lots of special operations. I have moderate woodworking experience but my
home shop is fairly limited. For this project, I used the miter saw, table saw, circular saw,
drill, router, and a sanding block.
I modified your dimensions a bit to achieve a table approx. 3 feet by 10 feet (we have
a lot of chairs). I used redwood 2x4's for the frame and redwood 1x6's for the top.
I ended up finishing the frame with an opaque green fence stain (for maximum weather
resistance). Then I built the top and my wife insisted I NOT cover the top with that
opaque stain. So I found some clear exterior spar varnish for the top. They tell me
I decided to buy the lumber at Home Depot for the convenience; the "real" lumber yards are
far away from me. The 2x4's are pretty standard. The 1x6's were S4S to 5/8 x 3-5/8, so
they are fairly thin. Hope they don't warp!
The fit and finish of Greg's table sure is nice - much nicer than I would have done.
Thin boards can easily be kept from warping just by attaching them in multiple places.
Its the warping of thick boards, that is more challenging, because they can't be
held down as easily.
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