a Modern picnic table
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One of the planned elements for the back yard was a recreation (of a recreation...) of an outside table originally designed by Donald Judd (posted here). Here's a photo of the original at Judd's house in Marfa:
He tended to stain his outdoor wood black (which is somewhat masochistic given the blazing Texas sun).
We decided to build ours out of cedar and stain it clear to create a backyard tie-in with the clear-stained wood in the ceiling and eaves of the house. We hired our pal at Coulbury Design to build the table for us. Unlike the original and the Shark Pit knock-off, Dan decided to not use any metal at all, instead using wooden dowels:
Which is pretty cool and makes the piece even more minimal than it already is.
The entire table weighs a freakin' ton, so he and his bride brought it over in pieces and then doweled it all together.
A few hours later, we had a table!