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  • ofelles
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    #16
    Webstaurant Store has work tables in both 304 and 316 SS in varying sizes. You can add 5" wheels for easy mobility, so you can store it some where else when not using it.. I have a couple and they are sturdy and good looking.
    https://www.webstaurantstore.com/325...rk-tables.html

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    • jfmorris
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      • Jim Morris

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      #17
      Wow this is going to be an awesome outdoor entertaining area once you are done with it Jim White - look forward to seeing the finished product! We did a covered gazebo out by the pool a couple of years ago, with power and ceiling fans, and it's made the back yard much ore enjoyable. You are going to love it.

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      • Jim White
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        • Sep 2019
        • 527
        • Gainesville, FL

        #18
        Update: we are in the home stretch! The slab got poured yesterday. Of course, with 2020 being as perverse as it is, the forecast of only a 20% chance of rain turned into a deluge of at least two inches of rain starting very soon after leveling the cement, but damage from that was minimal. The baseball seats attached really well, the fire pit/cooker looks great and is remarkably sturdy given how inexpensive it was, and the furniture looks fantastic. All that remains is to attach the shade cloth when it arrives and do some cleanup.

        Well, and since there's always project creep, we're going to build a covered rack for storing wood. And a food prep/supply storage cart. After looking at options on carts online, we decided my guy can build one that will be much better for about the same amount of money. He has a friend with a granite countertop business, so he will grab a piece that's been cut out for a kitchen double sink and we'll use that as the top work surface and hot item landing spot. We'll put it on wheels for maximum versatility.

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        • CaptainMike
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          Looks great, Jim!
      • Jim White
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        • Sep 2019
        • 527
        • Gainesville, FL

        #19
        Okay. We have finished the primary construction and put it through its first action today at lunch.

        Here we are at nearly finished construction, lacking the shade cloth and with adjustment to the baseball seats still needed:

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        And with the shade cloth in place:

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        Side view:

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        And looking out at the arena from the baseball seats:

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        Firing up the BigHorn for the first time. Used the shallow charcoal pan and lump started with a tumbleweed:

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        As you can see, I used the upper grill from my Kamado on top of the flimsy grill that came with the BigHorn.

        Got a good fire going, my IR gun showed around 700 on the crossbar of the BigHorn's grill. Did some cheeseburgers and some Feltman's hot dogs:

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        Daughter and grandbabies were here (son in law had to work).

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        It was a bit hectic and I didn't get the posed pictures in the baseball seats I wanted, but Cashew and I agreed it was an outstanding kickoff to a fun setup. Loved how the grill worked and look forward to fire pit evenings too.

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        • scottranda
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          Looks mighty nice!!!
      • Jim White
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        • Sep 2019
        • 527
        • Gainesville, FL

        #20
        Okay. So I've been learning a lot about care of outdoor teak furniture. I wanted to maintain the beautiful color of this teak set rather than letting it age to the dull gray teak can go to. It seems that putting a fresh coat of teak oil on once or twice a year is supposed to work. I didn't feel a huge rush to get a coat on since the furniture arrived in beautiful condition.

        I chose to work with Minwax Helmsman Teak Oil. Putting a fresh coat on the chairs went uneventfully. But then when I got to the table, I was in for a big surprise. As I prepared to put the oil on the table, I noticed what I thought were some water stains. I spent a little time with a "heat gun" (my wife will never know her hair dryer was in the garage for a while that day!) and wasn't able to make the stains dry out and disappear. Being naive and in a hurry, I went ahead with the oil, hoping the oil would magically "drive out" the residual moisture I thought was there. The end result after the oil dried was something I couldn't live with. My friend who did the construction and does a fair amount of woodwork took one look and informed me that these weren't water stains but were in fact fungus growing on the wood. He said the problem would only continue to get worse over time and that my only option was to sand the entire finish off the top and start over.

        Here's a picture early in the sanding process that shows areas with fungus that haven't been sanded yet and areas where the finish and fungus have been partially removed:

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        And here's the table after sanding:

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        And after five coats of teak oil with a full day of curing between coats, the table went back outdoors this morning:

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        It will be fun to see if this indoor-quality shine persists through the weather, but for right now I'm very happy with the result.

        In fact, I'm giving very serious thought to pitching our 20 year old patio furniture on the back porch and buying a second set of the same stuff.

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        • Donw
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          Nice job. Beautiful wood.
      • RonB
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        #21
        Great job on the teak. I suggest livin' with the teak for a year and see how it ages. Sometimes it seems that ya just can't stop the color changes with outdoor furniture.

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        • Jim White
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          Thanks. I'm hoping that with the shade cloth that is rated for blocking 90% of sunlight the color changes will at least be slower than in direct sun.

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