|Project by endgrainy||posted 08-17-2015 12:59 AM||1800 views||14 times favorited||6 comments|
After working on some pens followed by built-in bookshelves, I was eager to get back to stand alone furniture. Earlier this summer, I was at IKEA (agh, I know) with the family. We recently bought some new outdoor chairs to dress up our back patio and one of the tables caught my wife’s eye.
I am typically a fan of Ikea designs, but this table was not very attractive and seemed somewhat rickety. As every self-styled woodworker is known to do, I announced “I can build something better.”
The plans are from the Wood Whisperer:
The only modifications were to reduce the size of the all parts by 1/4”-1/2” thickness, as I could not find Western Red Cedar in true 8/4 thickness. It ended up being cheaper to buy construction lumber 2”x6”s then to try to find rough stock. Unfortunately, working with construction stock is painful, and I had to joint and plane every board as if I was working with rough stock. After removing the staples :)
The majority of the joinery is mortise and loose tenons via the Domino XL. The lower table stretchers are half lap assemblies. The table top is secured with breadboard ends. Two smaller benches echo the design of the table.
Finish is a deck finish from Lowes (Woodland Oil – Kona brown) – I was trying to match our backyard play set also made of cedar (not by me.)
In all, a fun project. Thanks to the Wood Whisperer for great free plans, videos, and even answering a question for me. We are happy to have this table for outdoor dining – my wife even acknowledged that yes, it is better than IKEA :)
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