Outdoor "Coffee" Table #8: Closing In On It...

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Blog entry by Dorje posted 08-21-2007 06:51 AM 2099 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Tapers and Tenons Part 8 of Outdoor "Coffee" Table series Part 9: Edge Treatment? »

Was FINALLY able to get back to the shop after 12-13 days! Got a bit more done on the table:

Trimmed tenons to fit mortises for the top:

Dry fit the top:

Cut, trimmed and mitered the apron tenons for the base:

Here’s the base dry fit:

And, the almost completed table!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 08-21-2007 06:59 AM


Very nice craftsmanship Dorje (not that it surprises me, of course). How do you plan to attach the top to the aprons?

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#2 posted 08-21-2007 07:59 AM

Thanks Jojo – I’m going to use table top fasteners...

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 08-21-2007 08:27 AM

Coming out great Dorje. Very crisp, clean. Your photography is great as well. Looks like magazine quality. Are you just using your shop lighting or adding light?

When my shop grows up it wants to be just like yours…:)

-- Bob

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#4 posted 08-21-2007 08:48 AM

Thanks Bob – the lighting is just a bunch of incandescents in those aluminum saucer type utility lamps clipped on the rafters…

I think you had asked about my camera previously…I left info on that in part #6. Not sure if you ever saw that…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 08-21-2007 03:09 PM

Looking really good Dorje, and like Bob said crisp and clean, good going. If it had only been 12 days since I’d last been in the shop I’d be a happy man! It’s been forever, have a laundry room remodel that I have to finish first (it’s take forever) but once that’s out of the way I’ll be back :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 08-21-2007 03:18 PM

Great looking table Dorje. Have you told us what the wood species is? I see in your tags of Brazilian Cherry. very nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#7 posted 08-21-2007 03:25 PM

Are you using the auto mode of the camera or playing with the settings? It really produces great shots. Especially given the nature of your lighting. They really look like staged magazine glamour shots.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 08-21-2007 03:31 PM


Beautiful work. You are a real craftsman. It’s good that you’re badk at it again!

Question for you:
Do you use your biscuit joiner to make the grooves for the table top fasteners?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 08-21-2007 04:27 PM

Looks great. I bet all those mortise and tenons took awhile to do.

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#10 posted 08-21-2007 05:19 PM

Great looking table Dorje. I’m like everyone else. Those are great looking pictures!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#11 posted 08-21-2007 05:23 PM

Thanks for all the comments -

Damian – I’m with you on the house projects. I was supposed to side and paint the house this summer…done quite a bit of siding and trim work, but no painting! That’s weighing heavily…as I’ve been trying to eke out time to build the table and do other shop projects to mix up the workload.

Bob – Auto mode it is…and a steady hand! Also, I’ve gotten into the practice (started with my 35mm) of taking a ton of shots and expecting one or two per bunch to come out okay.

Tom – I was just gonna plough a groove on the table saw. The biscuit joiner slots is a good idea though.

Mike – Mortise and tenons cultivate patience for sure. I think I put at least 10-15 hours into that. Also, cutting the mortises in the Jatoba was really slow going, due the hardness of the wood.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 08-22-2007 03:09 AM

Seen the fasteners Dorje. I though you were going to use either that or the shopmade wooden version of them. Good choice. Thank you for sharing your project with us.

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#13 posted 08-22-2007 04:10 AM

Hi Dorje;

That’s quite a nice job your doing there. Great workmanship. One of the beauties of this forum is it pushes us to push our own abilities.

Between that, and the readily available advice, how can we fail?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 08-22-2007 05:11 AM

Yep. I have table envy. Great work Dorje! I knew when you started this it would be an excellent project. I seem to remember a good deal of research. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#15 posted 08-22-2007 05:29 AM

Thanks Lee – feedback is really important as we develop our skills!

Jojo – I probably will go ahead and make wooden buttons (they won’t rust)...

Jeff – Thanks…With the limited time we get to do the work…I may have put too much time thinking and planning and not enough building! I’m actually feeling the need to do something unstructured…but who knows when that’ll happen!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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