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My landlords replaced a rotting fence when I moved in.  The posts were certainly done for, but the slats were great, minus the bottom three or four inches.  Being the friendly, kind, considerate, and opportunistic individual that I am, I offered to "get rid of" the lumber for them -- free of charge!

Many months later, I finally made the time to finish this project.
 
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Step 1: Preparation

Personally, I find getting started to be the hardest part of any big project.  Cleaning up the boards was easy enough, using the table saw and planer.  The lumber was a little warped, but since it was old it was cut thick and I was still able to keep a 3/4" thickness when I was done.

The most time consuming part of the process was definitely the design, as I wouldn't be entirely satisfied with the result and ended up redesigning multiple times until things were refined properly.  After the initial sketches I created a computer model just to be certain of my dimensions.
jli155 months ago
Great job dude!
charmon511 months ago
Inspiring
jlsclimber11 months ago
Nice work.

How much did you spend on steel?

John
ironman010411 months ago
It is nice what you did. I would have used Red wood for the legs in a box patter that I have seen. Many of the tools are unavailable to the small shop but there are other avenues for success. Many towns have a wood shop that can be rented for a few dollars per day.
Manick Yoj11 months ago
Absolutely gorgeous work here. Although the tools seem perhaps a bit out of my scope, I really admire all aspects of the design (love the sketches) and the final product looks beautiful.
dflare11 months ago
Stunning piece of work. The table and chairs are gorgeous!
smmcquilt11 months ago
Great job!
CementTruck11 months ago
You should get a couple of propane burners (stoves) and put them in the center of the table and have a "Hot Pot" or "Shabu-shabu" party outdoors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_pot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabu-shabu

I also agree with the other commenters - great work!
techshop_android (author)  CementTruck11 months ago
Ooh, that would be fun! Another idea someone mentioned was a try filled with ice -- don't even have to get up to grab another drink! I could also have one with sand and candles. What's nice is that the center tray isn't fixed so I can have multiple inserts and just swap out for every occasion.
Yeah, I saw the ice tray table thing a while back. Similar concept as yours. I made the same comment to him as I did you. I think your table looks nicer though. Chairs are pretty awesome too.

Sooner or later I will be building a table top made from unused surplus tongue and groove flooring. I already made a buffet counter top for my mother as a test project and it looked good. Now on to a full sized 12 seater table *sigh.

techshop_android (author)  CementTruck11 months ago
Tw-twelve? Stay strong... stay strong.
0bes11 months ago
It's projects like yours that make me wish I lived close to a TechShop.
techshop_android (author)  0bes11 months ago
Get with your friends and start scheming. Contact local schools, universities, libraries, city leaders -- stir up your community! The first step is to create the demand for such a space, then who knows, you might be able to establish your own community workshop. If there's no shop yet, then make one! DIY, right? Nobody can make it happen better than you.
JimTheSoundman11 months ago
Beautiful and amazing job.

Could you give us a rough estimate of the total $$$ involved and the total time involved?
techshop_android (author)  JimTheSoundman11 months ago
I don't have the receipts in front of me, so rough estimate would be $300-400 range since the wood was free and I didn't have to buy any tools. Time was on the high side since there was a lot of "figure it out" instead of just production work. Spread out doing bits here and there -- 80-100 hours? I tend to lose track of time when my head's down in a project, so it could easily be more and I never noticed. Now that I know what I'm doing I could easily make another in a week.
emilyshore11 months ago
Wow - beautiful!
swildman11 months ago
Gorgeous!!!
aromadesserts11 months ago
Great work! I just love it!