Outdoor Dining Table

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Project by Mauritius posted 08-03-2009 09:37 PM 6578 views 14 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of my previously completed projects and definitely the largest to date. This was finished about two weeks ago, it took about 100 hours and involved a lot of new techniques for me. Woods used are Brazilian cherry and cypress. The table is an adaptation of the plans from popular mechanics: I made a few modifications, the most significant was narrowing the top slats by a half inch to avoid an excess of waste. I also beveled the top edges of the slats and inside of the rail and did a bit of “decorative” routing on the skirt. The table legs are also tapered slightly, although it might be hard to tell from the photos.

Joinery on the table top and skirt is entirely mortise and tenon. The top is attached to the skirt via pocket holes. Titebond III holds it all together and it’s finished with a coat of Cabot deck stain on all surfaces.

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 09:40 PM

Wow, very practical. Rain will run off really easily.

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 09:45 PM

Really nice table. I like the mods you made on the original plan. No center hole for umbrella? Kidding. Excellent craftsmanship. The contrasting woods look nice together.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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Derrek LeRouax

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 09:58 PM

Great job. The wood choice is excellent, the “decorative” touches are perfect and not overbearing. Looks wonderful, and has now been added to my “dream projects” list. THANKS!!

-- Derrek L.

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 10:02 PM

Nice design, good looking table.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 10:33 PM

Very Nice!!! I am working with Cypress for some adirondack chairs, I may take a look at the Cabot Stain.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 10:46 PM

Thanks all!

I wanted to drill a hole for the umbrella, mostly because I don’t have a good stand (you can just see our Christmas tree stand modified with outriggers in a couple of the pictures) but I didn’t have the guts after it was all put together.

Some more info on the stain – it’s Cabot Clear Solution Oil Heartwood Model # 01-3004. I was originally going for a completely clear (unpigmented) stain, but we grabbed the wrong can at the store (they all look the same!) I tried it out on some offcuts and really like what it did to the cypress, it didn’t seem to mask the grain or color of the Brazilian cherry so I went with it.

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 11:08 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Outside table? Inside table!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 11:53 PM

Nice dining table.

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 08-04-2009 12:02 AM

me likes it
materials go well together

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#10 posted 08-04-2009 03:26 AM

VERY nice work, I really liked projects made from mixed woods.

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#11 posted 08-04-2009 04:02 AM

Very nice table and well done! I would hate to leave such a beautiful table outside in the sun and rain. It nice enough to be in my dining room:).

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#12 posted 08-05-2009 03:28 PM

Really nice job on your table. Keep up the good work
Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#13 posted 08-06-2009 08:44 PM

Very nice, I want to see the chairs you plan on making to match.

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#14 posted 08-06-2009 09:18 PM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 06-16-2010 03:34 AM

Nice table. Can you point out a more specific link to the PM plan?
I can’t seem to find it.


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