Scrap Wood Patio Table

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Project by Lucas Mood posted 10-15-2015 10:31 PM 2509 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The idea began based on a patio bench that I previously made. We wanted something to match that. I also wanted to get rid of some of the hoard of cut-offs and scraps that I can never seem to throw out. The base and top frame are all pressure treated wood leftovers from old or abandoned projects. The six panels are a mish mash of all manner of scraps and just rest inside the rabbetted bits of the top frame.
The whole thing was designed to be taken apart easily for winter storage but still have an acceptable amount of rigidity and weight load.

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#1 posted 10-16-2015 12:14 AM

Love the mix of randomness and order. Now I can justify keeping all those little offcuts in my scrap bin.

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#2 posted 10-16-2015 12:17 AM

I really like that design! I do have some concerns about wood movement (but your box jointed corners are as strong as any joinery).

Edit: the spaces at the ends may address my wood movement concerns.

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

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Lucas Mood

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#3 posted 10-16-2015 01:33 AM

I worried a lot about wood movement as well, especially on the mid-span butt joints. To combat, there’s a good deal of titebond III. The 2 spacers on either side of the butt joints have a total of 8 nails and wherever possible are sistered in to the neighboring solid slat with 1.25” nails as well. I haven’t load tested it, but I’m confident about a platter of short ribs not being a problem.
Oh and I think most of the slats have a nails at the ends anchoring to the frames. Glad to have bought the big box of 5/8”.

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#4 posted 10-16-2015 01:40 AM

Spectacular! Though, as RyanS pointed out, you’re enabling us wood hoarders.
Great job and thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 10-16-2015 01:57 AM

Lucas, Keep us updated as I do like that design (and we all have lots of scraps).

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

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#6 posted 10-16-2015 04:14 AM

What a great idea and design – one of a kind.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 10-16-2015 05:09 AM

I have to agree isotope it is spectacular.
Not only functional but practical.
Those openings, which really add to the overall design, will let water through and wind dry it out again!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 10-16-2015 03:07 PM

Functional, Beautiful, Practical, Interesting.

Very nice project!

The only thing I worry about is the finger joints. I had a screen door made with finger-jointed lumber and it completely fell apart in about 3 years. But a door frame has much higher loads than a table. That experience just set me against finger-joints in outdoor stuff.


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#9 posted 10-17-2015 03:01 PM

Great table and design, looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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