small deck table

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Project by Jim Good posted 12-21-2009 05:54 AM 5097 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I designed this deck coffee table to put between our two Adirondack chairs on our deck and built it last spring in a woodworking class at Oregon State University. I used some nice mahogany I’ve had since I picked it up on the beach in Eleuthera, Bahamas in 1969. It was a gray, slightly wormy 2”x10”x12’ that was really heavy. After re-sawing, it’s been moved here and there, finally to Oregon and the current house. This pic shows it unfinished last summer. It’s really beautiful, beautiful wood. Alas, it’s now gone except for a few scraps.

The table is very simple in its construction with 1/8” slat spacing and fitted into breadboard ends, and that sitting on a platform and four legs… count’em. It was fun to build and really got me enthused about my new shop which was just then being started. Check out my Facebook page if you want to see the shop from first shovel to finish. I’ll post a pic or three here as well.

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 12:43 PM

Very nice looking table. Those bold lines (grooves) and the breadboards really make this table looks very attractive. Very neatly done.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Dan Hux

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 02:57 PM

very nice table,,looks great,, does it have a skirt connecting the legs together? The legs look “L” shaped, but it’s hard to tell, are they?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 12-21-2009 04:25 PM

Out of curiosity how did you get the wood from the Bahamas back to the US?


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#4 posted 12-21-2009 05:56 PM

Great looking table…

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

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Jim Good

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 11:07 PM

I shipped the wood from the Bahamas back to the USA in my household goods shipment. Did not add to the cost. Been moving it with me ever since, but I’ve been in one place for most of the last 30 years.

Also, yes, legs are l-shaped and there is a skirt the legs are attached to.

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 01:46 AM

Nice looking deck.

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 01:20 AM

Beautiful looking deck table, the mahogany looks great.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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