Project Concepts #1: Project Concepts

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Blog entry by EdgeWoodWorking posted 08-04-2011 03:21 AM 1141 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone. This is my first post to Lumberjocks. I have been looking at this site for some time now and finally decided to join and show my projects and concepts. My first blog will be about concepts. I come up with several different concepts but i don’t know if my ideas are good ideas or I am just over looking something.

First one i want to blog about will be my Patio table concept.

This table is designed with using western red cedar 1×4’s. My idea is to use 1×4’s for the tops with a routed 1/4” lip for the tile to sit on. The support will be 1×3’s creating a boarder with 1×3’s supports running along the width. The legs will be made up of four 1×4’s glued together. The legs will be attached to the 1×3 support boards.

I will appreciate any all input on my design. Thanks for looking at my blog.


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James Lango

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 08:28 AM

I would check on the tile u wanna use before hand, cause most “12inch” ceramic/slate/marble, etc tile isnt exactly 12’ Iv seen em as small as 11 3/4” which when shared with a gout line they come out 12”. Maybe im wrong but i would still check it out…

Also think about the weight of that table top. Make sure the legs are spaced to allow and built in a way to support a heavy top. Western Red isnt that dense or heavy of a wood, so the legs mite not stabilize the top.


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robert triplett

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 08:53 PM

I have a similar design in my notebook. I was planning on 1/2” lip to hold the tile and I was planning on using Lyptus. The 1/4 ’ Cedar LIP may not be strong enough. Otherwise, the design looks good. I have done granite slab tables for the patio. I used Lyptus and found the finish to be hard to preserve in the sunlight. Unfinished Cedar sounds like a good choice.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 09:43 PM

It looks like a very viable plan. I’d definitely purchase the tile first and give it a good measure. Give a gap for wood movement and it looks like a fine project. It’s going to be a challenging glue-up, so you might want to rehearse it a bit. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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