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Cedar topped patio table

Well, I finally drew up and built a table for our patio area after shopping around and seeing how much tables are going for.
And people are loving it. Already building another one.
What kind of price do you think a table like that would be worth?
I had a few people say you could sell that for $600 to 800 all day.
I bet I have $125 to 150 in materials.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-14-2020, 09:45 AM
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Nice looking work, but I have to wonder how long the cedar is going to hold the color because cedar as you probably already know turns gray outside quickly if not properly sealed..not that there's anything wrong with it turning gray. I have a bunch of cedar always exposed to the weather and it still holds its shape well.

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
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Yes, nice work, but I don’t see how the design allows for movement?

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I cleared it with poly urethane, lightly sanding in between coats. Should last longer than staining.
Plus we ended up buying a table cover so hopefully it doesnt fade too much.
I am going to try the water based poly urethane the next time to see if it protects from UV rays better.
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Poly is good stuff sometimes, but out in the sun it will often crack and peel off. You may want to read up on UV protection a lot more than you already have. Take into consideration that these chemicals often change quickly so what's considered acceptable today may be unacceptable tomorrow. Perhaps look into marine products?
As far as what price it might fetch there's a pandemic afloat with millions losing their income so what may have been worth a few hundred bucks even a few months ago may end up as something you can't give away. I built several planters and they were selling like hot cakes and soon as I purchased more cedar the market just magically evaporated. I had to cut my prices just to move a few out for the space.

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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Yes, nice work, but I donít see how the design allows for movement?
Same here. It looks very nice, but how has movement been mitigated?

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I really dig the stretcher. Im a sucker for a wedge tenon. If I could find a way to work one into everything I make, I would.


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What kind of price do you think a table like that would be worth?
I had a few people say you could sell that for $600 to 800 all day.
I bet I have $125 to 150 in materials.
If it sold for $600, less $150 for material, are you willing to accept $450 for your labor?

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Well, I finally drew up and built a table for our patio area after shopping around and seeing how much tables are going for.
And people are loving it. Already building another one.
What kind of price do you think a table like that would be worth?
I had a few people say you could sell that for $600 to 800 all day.
I bet I have $125 to 150 in materials.
It all depends on local economic conditions. I can sell stuff for 3x more if I send them down to Chicago.

Figure out how to incorporate an Ohio State logo and you can probably name whatever price you choose and sell it to some brainless fan.
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I made this table to break down in the winter time to store. The ceramic tiles come right out and 4 screws hold the top on.
I am hoping from what I read about Cedar that it doesnt move as much as other woods.
Educate me on the areas that you might suspect movement or where I would notice any issues.
I did use HD pocket hole screws to secure the cedar pieces together.
This table is my learning curve so if any issues arise it wont bother me too much. It will be a learning lesson.
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