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    Redwood table -> Lumber ?

    Hello:

    I have a 40 +- year old redwood picnic table that is excess to my needs.

    The table consists of 7 1-3/4" x 7" X 8' planks.
    The benches consist of 4 1-3/4" x 5" x 8' planks (2 x 2 benches).

    The table is in great condition - it lived for 30 of it's 40 years in a screen porch covered with felt backed table clothes.

    Would it be a sacrilege to cut it up and use the lumber?
    I don't have an immediate need for any redwood, but I can invent a project.

    I'm not really interested in trying to sell it - I don't know if it would bring much $$$. I should make some sort of keepsake that we can link to Grandma Ida (who kept it in her porch all those years). Ida's stil kicking BTW . . .

    Any project suggestions?

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks

    Jim

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    I think it would be a great idea to 're-purpose' the redwood. How about a pair of Adirondack chairs?
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    Im with rennie on this. YOu could never have enough adirondack chairs.

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    It is hardly a comparison but I re-purposed an old redwood water bed frame that was about 30yrs old. I re sawed part of it for keep sake boxes, made a couple frames and even part of my reindeer herd last Christmas was made out of it. (The dark one in the front) http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...1&d=1198557812
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    those are just too cool looking.

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    I saved the wood from a 30-ish year old redwood picnic table but haven't found the right project for it yet. The screw or nail holes mean I've either got to put it to use on small stuff were I can cut around those or something where extra character holes are appropriate. The stuff's too pricey to throw into the fireplace.
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    redwood with a few coats of Mcclosksy spar varnish makes beautiful planters.

    all the little pieces make up a nice box, use the ones with holes for the inside, need water drainage anyway.
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