While we were cleaning up along the property line to start working on our raised tree beds I came across a stack of barn board half on our property and half on the neighbors. Some of the nicest, long, sturdy pieces quickly made it into our garage.
I have been dreaming of furnishing our deck (which doesn't look like it will happen this summer). One of the things I wanted was a long, skinny table that would serve as a buffet table to go along the walkway that connects our bbq deck with our sitting area. I knew this piece would have to be custom made because I didn't think the odds would be good on finding an outdoor table about 18" wide and 9' long.
Assembling the table top was extremely easy as 3 of the boards were the exact same length and width. I just screwed them to my support pieces to hold them together.
Then using the table saw that my husband happened to have at home working on another project, I created 3 'x' style legs.
And screwed them to my support pieces.
Now don't get me wrong. I think the natural color of this aged wood is absolutely gorgeous and would be amazing in the right place. However, it wasn't quite what I had in mind for the deck. I did love all texture and pronounced grain that years of weather had exposed on this wood. I simply stained the wood with some leftover exterior timber stain.
I was hugely surprised when the timber stain was applied and dried that it looked so dull and the wood seemed to loose so much of its richness and texture. It does not do this on my timbers. In the bottom portion of the above photo you can see what I mean. In order to fix this problem I used two heavy layers of Hemlsman's Exterior Spar Urethane over the stain. You can see the rich depth it brings out again.
The completed table.
In its new home on the walkway of our back deck. Ready to serve.
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