Dining Table Made From Tennessee Red Cedar and 2X6 Redwood Boards.

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This dining table was made from Redwood & Tennessee red cedar. The table base and bench bases were made from dimensional 2x6 Redwood Lumber milled in Idaho. The bench tops are from a 1-inch thick solid Sequoia redwood slabs from California. I used dowel joints for everything except the top surface which is attached with pocket holes. You can find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/hubbardshandmade
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As the video shows, I spent a lot of time cutting the 2x6 dimensional lumber down to size and then shaping them to the exact dimensions I would need. The Wood Whisperer has a good set of plans for this table with all of the dimensions (https://goo.gl/J2Hy67). All of the parts were then sanded to 220 grit, as well as given a round over on the router table.
Because I needed the boards wider than I could find, I glued the boards together for all of the legs. then I trimmed the excess down to size on the jointer and table saw.
I drilled holes for all of the dowels and dry fit the table together. This let me mark the spots for the half lap joints on the long stretchers. After I was sure everything would fit together I took it apart and used glue to attach all of the parts.
I used the same dowel assembly process on both benches and drilled holes to attach the table top and the slab bench tops.
Quite a lot of time was spent making the red cedar planks fit tightly together, gluing them up, then planing and sanding them smooth and flat. I cut to breadboard ends to cover the end grain and make the table about 10 inches longer.
Everything fit together nicely after the final glue up.
I finished all of the base parts with a few coats of wipe on polyurethane.
I finished the tops with a lot of brush on polyurethane. It gave it a very shiny clear coat look!
I am absolutely thrilled with the results of this build! It took a long time working evenings and weekends but the final product looks spectacular!

Suggested materials:

  • Redwood deck boards  (Lumber yard)
  • Minwax Polyurethane Clear Gloss  (http://amzn.to/2ju3b49)
  • Titebond II Premium Wood Glue  (http://amzn.to/2jVMn4w)
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To see more: https://www.youtube.com/c/hubbardshandmade

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  • Lilobrat05
    on Jan 26, 2017

    What kind of poly urethane did you use? I know you said wipe on but how many coats did you do? I've used several types of poly urethane and have never had it come out that shiny. Not without putting at least 5 coats on. Beautiful by the way! I love it

    • Ryan Hubbard
      on Jan 26, 2017

      Thanks for asking! The base got 3 coats of wipe on poly by Minwax - http://amzn.to/2kxCiy1 The table top did indeed have 5-6 coats of brush on poly by Minwax- http://amzn.to/2ju3b49 The key to the shine on top is sanding between coats with 400-500 grit sandpaper. After the final coat dried I sanded with 500 grit and buffed the top with finishing paste by Minwax- http://amzn.to/2kxCadI (affiliate links)

  • Joanie
    on Nov 11, 2017

    This is a beautiful table you made.......A+ carpentry!!! Is it for your home or cabin? Just curious.
    • Ryan Hubbard
      on Nov 11, 2017

      We used it for a little bit in our home and then I sold it. I want to make something with darker wood to match our kitchen. Thanks for your interest!
  • Ms moose (martha)
    on Mar 2, 2019

    This is a beautiful table. But my question is about the dishes. Looks very much like my Frankhoma pottery which I am trying to find replacement pieces for ones broken in Katrina. Is this Frankhoma and if so where did u find?

    • Ryan Hubbard
      on Mar 2, 2019

      I’m not sure what Frankhoma is. These are called “Threshold“ and we got them at Target. Good luck 🍀

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