Mindy Berg Outdoor September 07th, 2018 - 20:58:56
Dining table and some benches I'm going to make the top of the table out of hardwood decking that I bought from Home Depot. I'm going to cut it to length using a miter saw. You can find all the measurements that I used on my website. I'm going to use two by fours for the base of both the table and the benches. I use small pieces of a paint stirring stick which is 1/8 of an inch thick as a spacer.
When I laid out the pieces for the top, it's always a good idea to double check your measurements. Sometimes the dimension of the pieces that you buy are a little bit different than what they say they are. I use my orbital sander to sand down the edges of all the two by fours. I painted all the two by fours with an exterior grade paint the tropical hardwood decking I use is very very hard, so I want to per-drill the holes and also create countersink openings in them, so the stainless steel screws will sit nice and flush. I use my orbital sander to remove the pencil marks and clean up the holes.
I finished all the deck boards with one coat of Fairs, transparent weatherproofing. I per-drilled holes in two two by fours before driving in stainless steel screws. This helps prevent splitting when screwing on the legs, it's helpful to have an extra set of hands and a large square to make sure that you get the legs at a right angle, from the frame when assembling the top of the table.
I screwed on the outermost deck boards. First then arranged the interior deck board, so they had a nice even spacing before screwing them all down.I assembled the benches the same way that I did a table. The only difference is that in between the legs of the benches, there's additional supports the middle deck board on the bench was bending a little bit too much.