For my son’s fifth birthday, my wife and I decided to check into an outdoor structure for him to play on. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind about this; I didn’t have one growing up, there are nice parks within a 15 minute drive, and he’s an only child at this point. On the other hand, I would love to build this for my son. There are plenty more pros and cons to weigh, but this story is more about the fact that we have…more or less…decided to build. Th...
Alright, I have decided that I would like to build my own patio furniture instead of buying a set from “the big box stores.” I took the design idea from a table I saw at one of those stores, but it is slightly different, also I didn’t like the chairs that they had with the set, those are still in design phase. here is the table’s design that I have drawn using google’s sketch up: I’ll continue to work on the chair designs, but I was sort of inter...
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!
Why Some "Pine" May Not Be The Right Wood For Some Outdoor Furniture In Some Areas, Some of the Time
I have a great friend that is learning to do woodworking. He has been working hard at it the past 5 years, or so, and building some adult Adirondack Chairs was his first entry into making his own project. I suggested a curved seat, and a curved back for comfort (I had spent about 18 months perfecting my own Adirondack chair design, before I gave up), but he wanted to make them simpler. He found a plan on the internet, and went to work. They started out as gifts, and then he decided to s...
After a couple more hours playing with SketchUp…this is where I’m at – and I wouldn’t even be here without the help of Bob Babcock, Damian Penney, Jojo and jsheaney – so thanks guys… Now, it’s not to the tee, and I didn’t use the more advanced functions (for me) of components and groups. I tried. I tried intersecting the tenons (of slats as components) into the table top frame members (individual pieces) to make the mortises, but couldn’t quite get that to happen (so went back to ...
Well, my daughter and I went down to the hardwood lumber store on Monday and I immediately changed my mind on the kind of wood to use. Why so fickle? Who knows. The Lyptus that I was originally going to go with, only came in 4/4 and 8/4…I really wanted to use 5/4 to get 1” stock for the top. Just wanted more mass (it was also cheaper!) So…18bf of 5/4stock and 6bf 8/4stock of Jatoba/Brazillian Cherry is what we left with: Straight grain for the most part: C...
I picked the wood I’m going to use for this project; I’m going to go with Lyptus. I should get down to the lumber store sometime this week… Also, I made some drawings of the top, side, and end. Drawings really are limiting! I’d like to draw this in sketchup, but can barely remember how to draw a rectangle. Actually I can draw a rectangle, but don’t even know how to type in the dimensions I want rather than have to drag the exact distance!!! (Bob Babc...
We need a low outdoor table for drinks and food, etc., Something that would tie into the design of the chairs that we already have. My first inclination is to do this table in Western Red cedar (it’s sort of the default everything-outdoor-wood around here), but I keep thinking it would nice to try something else. Again, this is another project that I intend to do this summer, but I do have to side the house, and seal and paint it if I’m lucky (before the rains come again and ...
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