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Old 03-17-2012, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Need ideas for DIY replacement patio table top.

Our patio table top has broken three times. We're in NW Indiana and plus the location of our house..ect, means we get some strong winds out back. Our patio table has been flipped three times now, resulting in broken glass everywhere.(yes, the umbrella was removed)
It measures 39x63" rectangular shape with rounded corners.

I was thinking about using plywood, but I'd need to cut a hole in the center for the umbrella, which is fine...and I thought about topping that with ceramic tiles ..but I don't have a tile cutter...and the edges of the top base are rounded as well.

Any ideas on what I could use that would hold up to the rain and that's a material I can work with? What can I make a cheap top out of?
I've got the usual tools..table saw, miter/chop saw, drills, saws-all....
$$ are tight right now.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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Marine plywood top cut to fit and tiled.

For small tile jobs you can manage with a cheap manual cutter.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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Nevermind...my neighbor has a wet saw for cutting tile...

So Ill base it in plywood and top it in my left over tile from the bathroom job.

My neighbors a really nice guy......
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:02 PM   #4
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Big piece of plexiglas.
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:58 PM   #5
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:46 PM   #6
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We had an outdoor coffee table with an ugly plexiglass top. To replace it, I used a piece of hardie board, then used silicon to affix the caps and grouted them with sanded grout. Then topped it all with two part epoxy.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:50 PM   #7
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Sounds like a lot of time invested in a patio table top.

Invest, and I can't stress the word "invest" enough in a nice solid set of cast aluminum patio furniture. We get just about the worst wind imagineable and they don't budge a mm. I'm not talking about that aluminum crap you see at Home depot. I'm talking about the Hanamint cast aluminum that weighs about 25 pounds per chair.

This stuff is indestructible and after 14 years I have a few paint chips, but no serious deterioration or rusting or corrosion.

I only say this because I've been through all that cheap crap.

This stuff will be given to my grand kids that's how strong it is.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:08 AM   #8
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You will struggle with this as long as the table is cheap and light.

My brother has same issue ... meanwhile my 25 year old STEEL patio set is heavy, solid, and does not move when strong winds come along.
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Sounds like a lot of time invested in a patio table top.

Invest, and I can't stress the word "invest" enough in a nice solid set of cast aluminum patio furniture. We get just about the worst wind imagineable and they don't budge a mm. I'm not talking about that aluminum crap you see at Home depot. I'm talking about the Hanamint cast aluminum that weighs about 25 pounds per chair.

This stuff is indestructible and after 14 years I have a few paint chips, but no serious deterioration or rusting or corrosion.

I only say this because I've been through all that cheap crap.

This stuff will be given to my grand kids that's how strong it is.


Although I still have a 21 year old expanded steel metal set, the cast aluminum is FTW.

I should state for clarity sake that I have four outdoor sets currently, having just got rid of one old hacker set.

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Old 03-18-2012, 12:30 AM   #10
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We had an outdoor coffee table with an ugly plexiglass top. To replace it, I used a piece of hardie board, then used silicon to affix the caps and grouted them with sanded grout. Then topped it all with two part epoxy.
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Took me awhile to get all the raw materials together.
That's pretty cool. How much epoxy did you use and how much did it cost?
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:36 AM   #11
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We had an outdoor coffee table with an ugly plexiglass top. To replace it, I used a piece of hardie board, then used silicon to affix the caps and grouted them with sanded grout. Then topped it all with two part epoxy.
Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:28 AM   #12
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You will struggle with this as long as the table is cheap and light.

My brother has same issue ... meanwhile my 25 year old STEEL patio set is heavy, solid, and does not move when strong winds come along.
This.......
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:42 AM   #13
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Hardie board is pretty nice at first but it must have good support. It will absorb water and begin to sag and finally "melt. The silicon top may help that situation. It is certainly a good looking table.
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You will struggle with this as long as the table is cheap and light.

My brother has same issue ... meanwhile my 25 year old STEEL patio set is heavy, solid, and does not move when strong winds come along.


But...$$ are tight right now...I don't see the available cash coming in to buy a new set right now...so I'll need to make due with what Ive got for this summer.
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Anything then to add weight to it so it doesn't float away ... or anchor it down.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:39 PM   #16
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Sounds like a lot of time invested in a patio table top.

Invest, and I can't stress the word "invest" enough in a nice solid set of cast aluminum patio furniture. We get just about the worst wind imagineable and they don't budge a mm. I'm not talking about that aluminum crap you see at Home depot. I'm talking about the Hanamint cast aluminum that weighs about 25 pounds per chair.

This stuff is indestructible and after 14 years I have a few paint chips, but no serious deterioration or rusting or corrosion.

I only say this because I've been through all that cheap crap.

This stuff will be given to my grand kids that's how strong it is.
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You will struggle with this as long as the table is cheap and light.

My brother has same issue ... meanwhile my 25 year old STEEL patio set is heavy, solid, and does not move when strong winds come along.
Going to have to agree with all above. We replaced a patio set that was left here by the previous owners because the sling chairs started ripping. We had used this set for years and it was high quality (forget the brand). I looked into a replacement set of slings and they were $350 each . I said eff that, and bought a complete patio set for $500. Wind picked it up and shattered the glass after a week. That's when I learned there was a difference between a $3000 patio set and a $500 one.

I did the same things as you're thinking. Got a plexiglass top and it lasted a year. I made a top out of plywood (can't use pressure treated) and finished it with tile. It lasted a few seasons before the tiles started cracking due to the expansion of the wood.

In the end, getting a new HEAVY table with wrought aluminum top solved all the problems. Now that won't go anywhere, even with the umbrella up in a hurricane.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:39 PM   #17
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If you use tile and it blows over, you are still going to have damage. I would thing plywood would be the way to go.
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That's pretty cool. How much epoxy did you use and how much did it cost?
The epoxy was a kit from Michael's craft store. I think it was around 20 bucks and made a little over a quart. If I remember right it is supposed to be roughly equivalent to 100 coats of varnish. I did a smaller table at the same time. It has yellowed quite a bit being outside but we like the weathered look. That picture is two or three years old.

Sorry for the hijack. On a related note, that table is part of a set my grandparents bought 30+ years ago. We have a dining table and 4 chairs (all expanded metal), a sofa and two lounge chairs (with cushions) and a smaller table like the one pictured. I am going to repaint them this summer but they are in good shape overall and the wind doesn't move them.
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Here ya go! You can do it!

http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-...on/?floater=99
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I need two about the same size.

I was thinking of smoked plexiglas. There is a plexiglass outlet nearby and it's on my to do list before summer.

One of mine ended up in the pool. A bizillion 1/4 inch pieces of bronze tempered glass. It took all summer to find all the pieces.
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