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Old 10-29-2018, 08:59 AM   #1
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My wife has been bugging me to build a big table for our covered backporch for quite sometime. I finally gave up, and we sat down and came up with a design she was happy with. 12'-0" long, big post legs, & a distressed/rustic look. As with all of our wood projects, I build it, & she finishes it.

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(4) 2x10's layed out, trimmed for length, & clamped for square. In the past I have used my plate jointer & glued the boards together. But this build is not supposed to be pretty & smooth. So I decided to just use strong backs on the underside to tie the boards together, and get them as flat as I possibly could on my work table.

The sides will be cased with 2x4's to get the width we wanted, and to make it look thicker. The width of the table will end up at 41" wide.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:01 AM   #2
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Pic 2
This picture shows how flat I was able to get it.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:08 AM   #3
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Pic 3
One of the leg sets complete! Leg sets are made out of cedar.
Legs are 6x6 verts, 4x4 horiz, and 2x4 braces.
I got all the pieces cut out, spaced, & clamped together prior to fastening. Then I drilled all the way thru the 6x6, and 3" into the 4x4. Then I disassembled. I then took a piece of 1/2" SS allthread that I had laying around (I actually had (4) 10" long pieces from a from another job), and glued them into the 4x4 ends with gorilla glue. I pocket-holed the 2x4's, and re-assembled everything for gluing & screwing!
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:34 AM   #4
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Pic 4
I did just about all of the work with the table upside down. Most everything is pocket holed, except the posts. It's a PIA sometimes, but makes a strong connection without showing screw heads on the opposite side.

I made a pipe brace instead of using wood, and I think it turned out awesome. You can also see the 1/2" all thread w/nut sticking out the sides of the posts. Once the glue had dried 24hrs, I snugged up the nuts, and secured the posts to the table.

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build is complete, and ready for finishing.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:37 AM   #5
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Distressed, branded, & starting to stain
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:37 AM   #6
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That turned out nicely. Good job!
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:41 AM   #7
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Looks great!
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:40 AM   #8
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WOW can you two run by my house and throw together one for me? Great Job!
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:57 AM   #9
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Good looking table, great job.
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:00 AM   #10
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What color stain is that?
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:51 AM   #11
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What color stain is that?
Early American
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:01 PM   #12
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great work...I like the pipe brace, adds to the build
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:27 PM   #13
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Very nice table
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:51 PM   #14
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I am wanting to build basically this exact thing. How do you distress it before staining?

I can handle the construction, but do not know much about stain/ paint/ etc.
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:57 PM   #15
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Nicely done and I may add your pics to my "maybe one day file" of stuff to build. I like the pipe brace on the bottom


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I am wanting to build basically this exact thing. How do you distress it before staining?

I can handle the construction, but do not know much about stain/ paint/ etc.
Whoop the **** out of it. Ive used chain, edge of a hammer and a 2x4 with nails screws and fence staples naiedl into it.
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:03 PM   #16
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Heck of a nice table. Momma ought to be real happy with that one.
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:56 PM   #17
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I am wanting to build basically this exact thing. How do you distress it before staining?

I can handle the construction, but do not know much about stain/ paint/ etc.
Like Quakerbox said, there is many ways to do it. My wife likes to use a flat head screwdriver, and engrave lines into it. On this one she used a piece of chain, a hammer, & crow bar. She didn't get too crazy like some I have seen, but your are basically making it looked aged.

Stain is easy. You brush or wipe it on, and let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it off. The longer you let it sit, the darker it will be. ALWAYS practice on a scrap piece if it is a stain you have never used. After stain has dried, you want to seal it with either a wax (interior), or a polyurethane. I prefer several coats of a clear satin polyurethane sealer.

On the cedar, we have been using a product called "Flood", in the cedar tint. Brush it on, and leave it. No wiping off.
https://www.flood.com/
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:59 PM   #18
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I thought I was done..........Next is the two 6' benches w/back rests.
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Old 10-29-2018, 02:02 PM   #19
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Dimensions:
12'-0" L
41" W
31" from floor to top of table
leg posts are inset 18" from the end

The table sits really well, and it's pretty relaxing to rest your feet on the pipe! I based the elevation off of my current diner table.
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Nuce
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Old 10-29-2018, 02:14 PM   #21
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Great Job!!!
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:00 PM   #22
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Looks good, I bet it is heavy lol
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:13 PM   #23
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:46 PM   #24
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This is great.
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:59 AM   #25
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Could you take a couple more pics of the pipe brace and where it connects through the horizontal brace? It looks like a huge hex nut @ the connection. Thanks & fantastic job!
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:27 AM   #26
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Very nice work
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:39 AM   #27
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Could you take a couple more pics of the pipe brace and where it connects through the horizontal brace? It looks like a huge hex nut @ the connection. Thanks & fantastic job!
I can.

I used a 1-1/4 stud bolt, with 2 hex nuts. I welded one hex nut to the pipe, and then inserted the stud thru 4x4. I used a 1-3/8" spade bit to drill a hole for the bolt.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:41 AM   #28
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That is an awesome looking table I might steal some of your ideas for building one for my wife also. She's been on me for awhile to do it.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:51 AM   #29
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I can.

I used a 1-1/4 stud bolt, with 2 hex nuts. I welded one hex nut to the pipe, and then inserted the stud thru 4x4. I used a 1-3/8" spade bit to drill a hole for the bolt.
Where did you find the stud bolt that long. Great idea. Very nice looking table. Looking forward to seeing your benches with it. Great job
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:53 AM   #31
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I don't remember where I picked them up. I have had them socked away for a long time, and just found a good use for them.
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VERY nice!
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:51 PM   #33
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Looks Great!!
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:10 PM   #34
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:28 PM   #35
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Did work this afternoon. Wife sanded & stained again. I got one 6' bench completed.

we also finished some cedar shudders for the house. you can see them in the backround.

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Old 11-05-2018, 07:39 PM   #36
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Looks good
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Great Work!!!
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Old 11-15-2018, 07:53 PM   #38
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all done

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Old 11-15-2018, 07:55 PM   #39
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really hard to show the quality of the finish with my cell phone, but I am really happy with how the spar urethane satin finish turned out.



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Old 11-15-2018, 08:48 PM   #40
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Very nice
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:52 PM   #41
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Awesome work Sir!
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:54 PM   #42
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Man that is a nice table. What color stain is that, looks like Early American.
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:57 PM   #43
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a combination. ....

first stained with early american.
then 2 coats of Flood cedar stain.
then 2 coats of helmsman spar urethane, satin. sanding between all.

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Looks awesome, nice work by both of you.
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Really nice, that’s a big table! Lots of folks can gather round that one.
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:38 AM   #46
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You have mad skills! Turned out fantastic.

Keep the wood projects coming.
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Old 11-18-2018, 09:34 AM   #47
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That turned out incredible, you do great work.
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Wow! Nice work!
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