Oyster Shucking Table




About: I have a youtube channel and a Etsy shop I sell the things i make i also do craft shows and stuff like that. i am documenting my journey to help people do it yourself so steal my ideas and make some money!!

Getting to be that time of year temperature dropping and months with R in it means one thing Oyster season!! let build a collapsible oyster table

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Step 1: Go to the Lumber Yard

I was given a great budget on this project so i wanted to make a fantastic table that will last a life time. Went to the local specialty wood store picked out 21 board feet of walnut. total cost $198.00

Step 2: Lay It Out

Loaded it up and took it home and started the design placement of the wood.

Step 3:

then prepped the wood using my jointer and table saw. Jointing one side and table saw the other side to give me a straight piece of wood to work with.

Step 4: Mark for Pocket Holes

I wanted a roughly 32 inch by 72 inch table

Step 5: Pocket Holes

I marked the holes on 1 foot increments staggering the holes so there it will provide the best result. 1 screw every 6 inches. using bar clamps and regular clamps to help the wood stay straight.

Step 6: Trim Edges Square

Once i had it screwed together i turned it over and trimmed the end square using a straight edge.

Step 7: Add Strength

I trimmed down some walnut to 1.5 inches and made a rectangle 12 inches smaller than the table top leaving 6 inches of over hang again using glue and pocket holes secure it to the under side.

Step 8: Add the Edge

I used more 1.5 inch trim to give the table .75 inch lip this will keep the oysters from slipping off. I used brad nails and glue to secure it to the table.

Step 9: Roundover

Using a 3/8 round over bit I rounded the underside and both the inside edge and the outside edge of the lip.

Step 10: Circle Jig

I made a circle jig from some scrap melamine. Found center of the top and cut a 9 inch circle in the center.

Step 11: Mistake!!

i hit a pocket hole not thinking of looking under to see if i was going to miss them. so i drilled a hole and finished it off with the jig saw. Then using a flush trim bit finished the hole off. Then round-over bit to take away the edge.

Step 12: Fill the Gaps

I used epoxy with black paint to fill all the large holes and knots in the wood and also the parts of the wood that didn't seat well in the glue up.

Step 13: SAND Sand and More Sanding!!!

Walnut is a hard wood and took a lot of sanding. I couldn't be more happy with the epoxy first time trying this was nervous but it turned out great.

Step 14: Finishing the Top

I used a water based polyurethane and the wood looked so good!!! I am thinking of switching to a epoxy finish so it will stand up to the heat better. leave a comment below if you have any ideas.

Step 15: Add Legs

ok so this was a toughy this table is not a everyday use so i wanted to make it folding so it can be easily stored away for when its not in used so this is what i came up with and it works great.

Step 16:

I then added a support to each side so the trash can can still fit.

Step 17: Sand the Base

I wanted it to look cool so i sanded it with a grinder and burnt the wood with a torch to make the grain pop then added a coat of dark walnut to the match the top. I will probably change out the wood to a walnut. I didn't feel like experimenting with 200 dollar wood. But was happy enough with the finish project for this year.

Step 18: Condiment and Towel Holder

This is a must have if you are eating oysters just went to the local hardware store and picked up some black pipe and made a small basket with the remaining pieces of the walnut left over. this really polished off the project.

Step 19: Show Off Time

I am very happy with this project and cant wait to each many bushels of oyster, shrimp and crayfish for years to come thanks for taking interest in my work and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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    1 year ago on Introduction

    You just make a mighty fine crawfish eatin' table! Good job. In MS we have a company that makes and sells them. They are made from aluminum. I never thought about using mine for oyster shuckin', but it's a great idea.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Its better than a hole in piece of plywood.


    1 year ago

    Oh that walnut sure does look nice! What a great place to enjoy the seafood... As to your question about the finish, now that you have applied the poly, I think you have to stay with it. You can renew it as needed after the season is over. They do make "spar" versions that hold up pretty well, but they are NOT really "marine" grade. Unfortunately, Epoxy isn't going to bond well to the wood if you try to apply it after removing the current poly because you can't remove all of the poly that is down in the pores of the walnut. It's grain is now pretty effectively sealed.

    So, the NEXT time you build one, I would suggest you try a high quality, marine grade oil based Spar Varnish. It should be UV resistant too. Make sure to let it cure several days between coats, and sand smooth between coats. Basically finish it like a boat's brightwork and it will last quite a while.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    yep you are right! i will make another one for sure and try that.

    Kink Jarfold

    1 year ago on Step 19

    Nice to see a fellow North Carolinian doing things here. This is also a great crawdad table. Beautiful work. -- Kink--

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Where are you located? I been on and off of instructables but have decided to make it a regular thing I am super competitive and want to win! so it pushes me to do better work. so very fun!


    Tip 1 year ago

    Epoxy isn't terribly heat resistant. If you are going to be putting hot food directly down on the table, you'll need another finish. Water based poly isn't too much better. Nearly all film finishes don't have much heat resistance. To be honest, I'm not sure what would be a good finish for the table without some research.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    I haven't had much luck fining anything! thanks for checking it out!