Intentional Patio Table

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Project by ajw1978 posted 07-05-2015 03:53 AM 1120 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first “project” I ever posted here was my “Accidental Patio Table.” I had no idea what I was doing at the time, and slapped the disgusting treated lumber together with a drill, a circular saw and a wooden ruler. It did the job, it’s lasted three years—including two awful, awful winters—but it was looking pretty nasty and I thought it would be a good time to stain it.

And then I realized, what little I know about woodworking now is a fountain of knowledge compared to what I knew then. I had screws going into practically nothing. It was a wobbling disaster. Having recently watched the Mere Mortals Workbench episode to help my buddy build a glorious gentleman’s work station and realizing the design was very similar to my original, I figured a little tweaking and reinforcement would make it sturdy. And it did. It was one hell of a frame. But … Because I made it deeper, I wouldn’t have enough boards for the top. And I didn’t want fresh green lumber, either. So, I told a little white lie to the CFO, who authorized construction of a new table, from scratch.

Now since I have no plans to be in this current domicile for the long term, I went with cheap construction pine and some of the deck stain I still have left from other patio projects. Managed, somehow, to fit a pile of 8-footers into a Ford Focus, set up shop and got to work.

Thanks, by the way, to whomever posted about sitting legs in tubs of stain. Absolutely terrific idea.

This table isn’t pretty, but as you can see in the last photo .. it does EXACTLY what it’s designed to do, should last me through this summer and maybe the next and then get recycled into something new.

Last note…. I didn’t like how the final stain turned out so tomorrow, I’m sanding the top down again and doing it over. Tried to do too much at once.

Just like it’s predecessor, which you can see has become my new workbench.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#1 posted 07-05-2015 04:12 AM

It could be a common man’s workbench. Well done.

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#2 posted 07-05-2015 04:40 PM

It makes a nice deck table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-10-2015 06:54 AM

CFO… Love it.

About the tubs of stain. Are you using them to catch the runoff or are you actually sitting the legs into tubs of stain and staining the wood straight from each tub? Sounds interesting.

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 07:18 AM

TD, sorry for the late response. Yup, staining straight from the tub. End grain soaked it up like a straw. Then used epoxy to seal it off after the stain dried/cured/whateverthehellstaindoes

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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