Ipe and Cedar Outdoor Table

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 06-17-2014 03:26 AM 1610 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It started with my cousin dropping off a huge load of ipe in front of my garage. He is a framer and builds decks for very rich people. They were going to throw out the scraps that had really funny angles. He took them and gave them to me, (you can see some in picture 5).

Anyway, I ripped them down with a circular saw blade in my table saw (that wood is hard, I saw sparks! Glad I didn’t use a good blade) into about 26 inch straight sections about 2 inches in width. I built the rest of the table around that. I used cedar 2 X 4’s from the home center for the rest. I needed to practice mortise and tenons so I made 44 mortise and tenons in all on the top, 8 for the legs. I made my own dowels using John Heisz method out of ipe. The legs were 4×4 pallet wood I found and it is really ugly maple. So I painted it and put ipe scraps on the bottom to help wick away the moisture.

All in all it’s about 5 1/2 feet long and 35 inches wide. Sits up off of the deck 30 inches. Fun build, but it took up a lot of room. Now I have to build matching benches….....

Finish is 6 coats McClockskeys Spar Varnish. Used a high gloss just for fun, I liked the way it turned out.

Thanks for looking,

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 03:57 AM


-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 04:38 AM

Looks great man. Like the fact it has been very well thought out with the hole for the umbrella to provide shade. Plenty of spacers that support the top and just enough spaces between the surface boards to have a good air flow. Chairs should be a good challenge. I am intimidated by chairs, but one of these days will tackle that challenge. Keep it up.


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#3 posted 06-17-2014 04:45 AM

Wow great looking table Kaleb, I real like the design and contrast of woods.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 09:33 AM

Awesome job. Looks fantastic.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 10:37 AM

Thanks a million guys! And thanks Mr. Jim for the idea with the ipe scraps on the bottom

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 06-17-2014 11:48 AM

That is a beautiful table, Kaleb!!!!!!!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 06-17-2014 12:43 PM

Excellent. I’ve been wanting to do something like this.

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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Kaleb the Swede

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 02:15 PM

Thanks Mr. Jakosh and Red. It was a fun build

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#9 posted 06-17-2014 08:25 PM

Fantastic design and execution!! Thanks for sharing, added to favorites…

-- Dan

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#10 posted 06-17-2014 09:22 PM

Man I need to find a deck-builder-for-rich-people-wood-scrapper. Well done.

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#11 posted 06-17-2014 10:24 PM

That turned out just super. That is some pretty unusually figured Ipe.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Kaleb the Swede

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#12 posted 06-17-2014 11:02 PM

Thanks Travis, Dan, and Mr. Andy. And for the advice on the table before I built it

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#13 posted 06-18-2014 01:32 AM

That looks great. I’ve never actually worked with ipe but they say it’s very hard but it supposed to last forever. Love the contrast in the colors and the high gloss finish.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#14 posted 06-18-2014 10:59 AM

That is fantastic looking. Can’t wait to see the benches.

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#15 posted 06-18-2014 06:50 PM

Very cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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