Outdoor Dining Table

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Project by longhornboyd45 posted 05-10-2010 03:51 PM 2275 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our house doesn’t have enough room for a formal dining table, but we do enjoy entertaining and never seem to have enough room. This was an idea i came up with after spending months looking for a nice outdoor table we could use. I was just not happy with the selection avaliable and for the ones we did like, they were just not worth the money. (i’m not going to throw down $3k for something that is not exactly what i want).

The design was something i came up with and thought would look good. I’m very pleased with the outcome. I also wanted something heavy as we have some strong winds that come off the field behind our house. The frame is 1.25”x 3” white oak half lapped at the corners. The legs are tapered white oak 3”x3” tapering down to just under 2”. They are glued and screwed outside the frame and the holes are covered with oak dowels. My favorite thing about this is the protruding mitered corners on the frame and Legs. The top is 5’x3’ with 1” glass tiles. My wife came up with the design. She has a very good eye. All that is left is to seal the top and it should be up for many years of use.

Hope you enjoy the design. I’m thinking i might carry the design inside with a new coffee table. Let me know what you think.

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 03:57 PM

That is very nice. You are right, your wife does have a good eye and you did an excellent job on the woodworking.

What did you use for the subtrate under the tile?

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 04:00 PM

I used 1/4” cement backer board from the local big box mounted to a subframe of white oak. I wanted something that would be stable and not have to worry about moisture. I considered exterior ply, but thought this would be the better route.

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 04:07 PM

This really is a very nice design and the workmanship is excellent. I particularly like the corners.

I hope you answer the question about the substrate because I am also interested in knowing what it is.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 04:14 PM

Nice dining table.

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#5 posted 05-10-2010 05:08 PM

Very nicely done. It’s functional and quite attractive.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 05-10-2010 05:40 PM

Very orginal design, I like the half lap idea a lot. Chairs are next????

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 05-11-2010 12:14 AM

Very nice! Thanks a lot for sharing.

-- CKM - Minnesota

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#8 posted 05-13-2010 08:17 AM

Design is first rate, Thanks for giving us a look.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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