Patio Table

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Project by bobdobbs posted 09-14-2009 06:44 AM 1712 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,
This is my first real furniture project. I haven’t really done any kind of finish woodwork since high school woodshop, so I’m pretty proud of this. The design is somewhat inspired by the arts and crafts stuff thati’ve seen but to be honest I just borrowed elements from stuff I saw here and there and did what I wanted. It originally started in a totally different direction, but in the end, I spent all summer making this as well as quite a few different jigs to make it work. The base is all mortise and tennon, the top is joined with tounge and groove. The finish is man-o-war spar varnish which was a challenge to get right (luckily the photos don’t show that I gave up on perfection).
the wood is Utile, which my wood bible (that I received after the wood was bought) says it is similar to African mahogany and probably vulnerable…sorry), and Zebrawood (also not so sustainable). During the project I learned quite a bit about stuff like the sourcing and wood types as well as the skills to make this project happen. My hope is that the table lasts forever so it’s not a waste of natural resources (for those that care about this sort of thing).
Thanks for all of the posts, pictures and discussions that have helped me do this thing that makes me happy.

-- If I had some ham, I could make some ham and eggs...if I had some eggs.

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 07:00 AM

great piece…and thank you for thinking about sustainable woods and methods…I too have been thinking about it more and more…I have a lot to learn in this area…lately (in fact today) I have been breaking up pallet wood…the idea of using recyled wood and sustainably harvest wood when possible is important…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 10:31 AM

That is a mighty fine looking table Mark and well crafted. No wonder that you are proud of it. I like that you used your own design too, which I think adds a lot of value. I wouldn’t worry too much about the suitability of the wood for outdoors. It probably only involves a little more upkeep than it might otherwise. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 12:34 AM

Hey Mark /this table turned out great ,it looks beautiful.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 09-17-2009 06:05 AM

That’s too nice for the patio. It will get rained on and sun-bleached. I’d saw the legs off and use it as a coffee table, myself. It’s gorgeous.

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 06:00 AM

thanks for the comments. I’m thinking I’m going to have to spend the winter making some chairs (between doing a bathroom and kitchen renovation). it’s always nice to have someone appreciate your work.

-- If I had some ham, I could make some ham and eggs...if I had some eggs.

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