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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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I sure had fun with this project teaching my son-in-law some basic woodworking skills. Safe use of a chop saw and setting it up to make identical cuts and angled cuts. Measuring calculating and cutting angle braces. Gluing and assembling. He also learned the hard way how to clean out wood chips when drilling. He got a ½ inch Irwin Aggressive Bore bit stuck half way through 3 layers of 2X’s. It took two battery charges to get it unstuck. He successfully cleaned out the chips on the remaining holes though.

It took two afternoons to complete. The first to cut and build the frame and the second day to put on the tops. The top is 8 feet long X 33 ¾ + inches and the seats are 11 ¼. Sturdy and should last for years along with the skills he learned.

If you look close you can see the stuck bit in the first two pictures.
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Nice work.

The table and seat tops -- looks like a non-wood/composite product??
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Nice work.

The table and seat tops -- looks like a non-wood/composite product??
I think is is recycled wood, you can see some brown chips in it. This is what it is https://www.lowes.com/pd/ChoiceDek-F...-Board/3612034
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Good job, I like the idea of using the composite wood boards for outdoor projects,they will sure weather better than natural wood.
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Good looking table Steve - nice and solid.
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Thanks for the nice comments Herb and Vince

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Very nice looking table. I like the recycled wood too.

Some lessons are learned well the first time.. He won't soon forget what it feels like when the bit is starting to plug up. I've seen them snap off when they are stuck that hard.I don't think they are as tough in reverse as they are in forward.
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Good job to both teacher and the student.
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Very nice job. Don't think it will fall apart easily.
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That thing is built like a tank!

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