I've been thinking about this one for a while, and finally built up the courage to do it. Ana had lots of good plans and I learned so much from her other table plans, but the brag post: http://ana-white.com/2012/03/simple-square-cedar-outdoor-dining-table is the one that ultimately pushed me over the edge to start. I spent a ton of time researching wood types, Minwax types, Kreg Jig settings, etc. Finally pulled the trigger and got started. It took me several weeks start to finish, but it was usually only a few hours at a time at night after everyone had gone to bed. The most labor-intensive part was triple-coating all of the redwood. Coat, dry, flip, coat, dry, sand, repeat. Took a loooong time but the finish is absolutely gorgeous. The photos don't really show how deep red the wood really is. Actually assembling the table didn't take that long. Big thanks to Finns-Dad (user) for the inspiration and good photos - it was relatively easy to build my own plans in Illustrator from those. Now to make some matching benches...
Built from Plan(s)
$400. $350 for redwood lumber, another $30 in minwax, brushes, etc, and another $20 in screws and brackets
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
3 coats of Minwax Clearcoat. Sanded with 220 grit between each coat. Took a long time but well worth it!
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