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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 08-21-2012 02:06 AM 895 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Went to work today on the new design of my coffee tables.
These are for outside on decks and between my Adirondack chairs.

They are still clamped up and there are a few boards still to be put on. I need a brace of two under the porcelain and a trim piece on the sides on top.

I managed to hide most of the fasteners. I used brads for the lower shelf and to strengthen the butt and glued edges of the upper frame. Four more boards and it should be done.

How’s it look?

I really like the skirt in front. I’m going to do this same thing on all the chairs too.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.



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#1 posted 08-21-2012 03:01 AM

Russell, I like the look as a yard furniture piece and the porcelain top adds class as well as function. I wonder if you are planning to run the scalloped piece all around the top frame perimeter? I’m also wondering what happens when the big guy sits on it? Does the top and it’s attachment method allow for that? I know it is a table but stranger things have happened, and still do. LOL, especially in the yard when beverages are present and not enough chairs.

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 03:23 AM

I’m not intending to do the scallops all the way around. I am going to use cedar fencing and plane it down pretty thin, maybe 5/16 or less and glue them up to the front scallop and along the side, I’ll sand down the end to a nice round joint with the scallop. You just can’t get away from end grain.

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 03:28 AM

As far as anyone sitting on it, I can’t really do much about that, but it will be reinforced with a couple 1×2’s under the porcelain. Plus there will be about 8 RTV drops that the porcelain sets on. I plan on setting two squares of four silicone drops into shallow 5/16’s holes about 1/8th inch depth in the top frame and fill that with silicone and draw it up like an ice cream cone. Then you hang the frame upside down till it dries. Then cut the cones off about a 1/4 inch above the frame. The porcelain will rest nicely on that and have room to tip which usually will stop folks from sitting on it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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