|Project by WoodWheeler||posted 03-16-2017 10:27 AM||3438 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
This is an outdoor table I finished just after Christmas after missing the “outdoor table for Christmas lunch” deadline. Lucky for me it was too hot to sit outside on Christmas day in any case!
The table is 3.0m x 1.2m or 10 feet x 4 feet. Weight is around 200kg / 440lb. It’s made of Blackbutt sourced from NSW Australia.
It’s located outside in a fully exposed location aside from some retractable Shade awnings. For the most part it is exposed to full sun and rain. Thus I designed it to hopefully deal with a lot of expansion and contraction each season.
To cope with expansion and contraction and to resist warping the individual pieces are secured in a way to allow them to expand whilst still preventing cupping and each piece can “float” individually as well as float as am entire top. I used wooden cleats in oversized slots to secure the top structure to the frame. The breadboard ends are secured at the center and outer boards with full size tenons and and are drawbored whilst the remaining slats use floating tenons in oversized mortises to allow for movement as well.
The frame is full mortise and tenon construction and drawbored together with rived blackbutt dowels.
The finish is several applications of teak oil.
Fingers crossed it hold up to the weather. Still need to make some seats!
This is also my first large furniture piece and was a great learning experience for me.