Cable Drum Outdoor Table

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Project by robscastle posted 03-11-2017 07:14 AM 1036 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wifes friend asked if I could make her an outdoor table for her yard.

I had heaps of pine “rubbish” and the remains of a huge Cable drum lying about cluttering up our yard.

So I set to work it took me two days to make the table and three days to apply the top finish
She wasnt too fussed on the finish and was not even interested in filling the old bolt holes.

The frame is a rectangular box section held together with deck screws
The legs are two pieces of timber glued together at 90 degrees, and simply deck screwed to the frame.

The top is butt jointed with biscuits and the ends profiled using a router and a jig I made.

The bolt holes were plugged the nail holes simply filled pine filler.

I attached the top using pocket holes and screws.

Upon the filler drying it was sanded and given a coat of Sikkens then three coats of outdoor UV resistant clear gloss finish.
The process is somewhat abbreviated,however there is a blog covering the various stages of assembly that was used.

Its not perfect, (there is a twist in the top) nor suitabe for the lounge room but in its designed role should raise a smile, and last a few years.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 03-11-2017 09:19 AM

Where is Chris Kyle when you need him

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 03-11-2017 09:53 AM

Nice, simple, great.
Nice finish, should be red wine resistant hopefully.

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#3 posted 03-11-2017 10:59 AM

Looking good mate,
I like the plugs and finish.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 03-11-2017 03:56 PM

nice table

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#5 posted 03-11-2017 04:44 PM

Ditto david38

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 03-11-2017 05:50 PM

The thing I like most about this site is you can see just how easy it can be to make stuff if you are a bit creative, and not going for perfection. This is an awesome example of “don’t let analysis-paralysis stop ya!” Great table, great concept, great posting. Many thanks!

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#7 posted 03-11-2017 10:18 PM

That is a very COOL table… it will be loved!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 03-11-2017 10:40 PM

From rubbish to the top shelf Rob…. excellent recycling and beautiful table

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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