First he built the table frame
Set side rail with 2 ½” pocket hole screws, secure to legs.
Then he built the table top borders.
Cut border pieces with 45 degree corners – measurements outside to outside. Then secure to table frame.
Side borders length – 78 5/8”
End borders length – 37”
(don’t be confused by this photo, it was taken after adding the next two steps!)
Next – Flip table and set upside down.
Using scrap from side rail width cut, secure scrap pieces to underside of top borders (these will be used to hold the middle table top insert pieces)
Now turn the table back over and cut middle table top inserts one at a time to fit custom lengths. Secure to scrap rails underneath. If possible, do not leave gaps between inserts. As the treated lumber dries gaps will come naturally.
As a final step, Use 3” flat corner braces on underside of corner to keep 45’s flat.
We’ll wait until at least fall to stain the table. We look forward to enjoying many summer nights around our table!
During the ACQ and CA pressure treating process, wood becomes saturated with a chemical solution carried in water. After this process, the wood takes several months to dry. Be aware that there may be some shrinkage and warping as the lumber dries out. In addition, it may be necessary to wait anywhere from three weeks to six months prior to staining or painting, depending on the climate where you live and the treatment process the wood has undergone.
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