Outdoor Cedar Table

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Project by MC posted 09-28-2014 06:59 PM 2491 views 23 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New table for the deck just in time for Autumn. Here in Georgia this is the time we can actually enjoy the deck!

Table is made from cedar purchased at the local big box store. With the exception of the top all lumber was planed down to 3” by 3”. The top is 1.5” thick. I used the table as practice with timber framing joinery which, I will be using next year for a pergola. The legs are joined to the table with bridal joints. For the apron I used dovetail and dovetailed tenon joints. The bottom cross members are joined with shoulder mortise and tenon and pegged through tenon joints.

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 08:59 PM

Looks like you had a lot of fun doing the joinery, isn’t it great when a plan comes together?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 12:18 AM

Sweet!! Nothing like Fall in the South…on the deck!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 01:17 AM

what a beautiful table, very well made and beautiful wood, you did a wonderful job on this, it very well deserves to be in the top three…if i could trade you i would….:)....such a nice piece…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 04:18 AM

Nice clean design and well executed.


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 09-29-2014 12:40 PM

Really clean looking table. Enjoy!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 01:27 PM

Beautiful build and great looking wood. I sure wish I could get hold of some cedar here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-29-2014 01:32 PM

Absolutely beautiful. I don’t know if most of your guests will appreciate the dovetail like we do. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 01:49 PM

blown away, that is beautiful!

-- Every day in another opportunity to create something great.

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#9 posted 09-29-2014 05:06 PM

Very nice table, really like the joinery. What big box did you get 1-1/2” cedar. I am in Dunwoody and neither the orange or blue carry 2x cedar. Norcross Supply carries a good selection.

-- Chris K

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#10 posted 09-29-2014 07:24 PM

Great looking table!! What finish did you use?

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#11 posted 09-29-2014 07:39 PM

That is very attractive. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 09-29-2014 11:15 PM

Thanks for all the compliments! ChrisK, I bought the cedar at the orange store. Found the 2×6 and 4×4 stock in the decking section. DavidATX I used Thomson’s water seal with a Cedar tint.

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#13 posted 09-30-2014 12:23 AM

That’s a great looking dining table! Sounds like you’ll get a lot of good use out of it!

-- Dean

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#14 posted 10-04-2014 03:21 AM

nice looking, beefy table.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#15 posted 01-31-2016 02:06 PM

Gorgeous table. I would be proud to have that inside my house, let alone out on the deck! Looks like it should last several lifetimes!

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