For me the biggest joy I get from woodworking is building things for family and friends. My next big project will be a Trestle Table for my friends Gordie and Patti. The two of them own and run the Grandview Inn, a really nice B&B in Mount Dora, Florida. You can check out their website at http://www.grandviewbb.net/
Anyway, a few weeks ago while we were talking, Gordie asked me if I could build him a table for his new patio. He provided some ideas and we subsequently discussed some alternative designs. We settled on a trestle table.
Here's a picture of one they both really liked.
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They need it to be 9' 6" long and 36" wide.
Since it will be exposed to the elements, I recommended using sinker cypress. Fortunately we were able to find a source for the material at Bruner Lumber Company in Bruce, Florida. Patty Bruner, the proprietor is working hard to find us the right materials. She will even arrange for shipping the lumber to me (500 miles away). If you are looking for a source of sinker cypress, here's a link to the business http://www.floridabackwatercypress.com/sinker-cypress/
. They have some awesome slabs, but they are a bit pricey for us, so it looks like the table will be constructed from dimensioned lumber.
Next step.... Finalize the design, develop a materials list and get Gordie and Patti to buy the wood and have it shipped to me.
It's going to be a fun time in the old shop. Wish me luck.