Redwood Out Door Table

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Project by Napaman posted 10-04-2010 06:12 AM 2639 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started with just the base of an old oak table Sarah’s parents gave to us quite a few years ago…the table top on it has long been gone…but every time I went through the side yard I just felt I could not get rid of the base…thinking I could use it for wood on another project…or as another table…

As the summer came to a close I built a little cart for our outdoor patio stove…with my new miter saw. I thought the design on the stove cart was so cool with all the clean miter cuts I realized that it could be a great table top too. And since I still had lots of deck wood leftover I could make a table top.

First I took apart the base and sanded it all down…it was pretty dirty and warn after several years in our side yard…but overall I realized I could use it…next I started making the cuts on my redwood scraps. When we built this deck several years ago they delivered pieces 4 feet longer then we needed—-for free…
New tools and techniques:

WIth my new miter saw I have really been having fun…all these years I have had an old used one that was tough to keep locked at 90 degrees…so I rarely used it unless the cut did not have to be perfect…finally I got a new Dewalt miter saw and ooooohhhhh boy…had I known I would have bought a new saw a long time ago…I find that I am using it on all cuts that I can instead of my table saw…

I started wondering how I was going to glue up the odd pieces…so I got in my head I could try pocket screwing from the bottom…I had bought a kreg jig set up at the Woodworking Show but never really used it…I dont think it was such a good solution because the pieces did not stay flush on the top of the table???? So the table top received a lot of work from the belt sander…

It did sand down really smooth and the first two coats of spar varnish looked suuuuuper good…but then I ran out of what I was using…found a clear coat of the same brand that I had and tried adding a 3rd coat today and I am not happy with all the bubbling…I have a lot to learn in this area…

So I may go back and sand it all down…but not sure…

I added the redwood feet to give strength to the base and I think it worked super nicely.

I also tried INLAY for the first time…haha…I had a huge gap so I routed out a section on each end and laid in s strip of walnut. also there is a small triangle of another very hard wood from wood working show last year…after finishing it does not show as much of contrast as I had hoped…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 10-04-2010 06:18 AM

You HAVE been busy…

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 06:18 AM

And if you look closely in the last picture—-those are vines growing up the new trellis we built…its really going on the other side too!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 10-04-2010 06:47 AM

LOL…yikes…they do look that way…I can tell you that they really lifted the oak off the ground and the condition the oak is in is a good thing…

but…yikes…they do look funny now…THANKS!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 10-04-2010 07:12 AM

Way cool design and extra nice top. good job

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#5 posted 10-04-2010 02:16 PM


A great looking table and nice use of salvage materials.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 10-04-2010 03:33 PM

This is a great addition to your little outdoor paradise, Matt.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-04-2010 03:45 PM

I like it a lot. That top is fantastic. The additional redwood feet was a great idea. Gives it a bit of stability being supported at the end only rather than all the way along, also gets the most rot resistant wood on the ground instead of the oak.

One easy suggestion to improve the long term durability of it. Use a drawknife or even a plane (or ye old beltsander) to round over the top flats of the feet and even a bit of the oak. That way they will shed water more easily instead of letting it pool and get forced into the gap between the oak and the feet. It would have the added benefit of making the feet look less large.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 10-04-2010 06:58 PM

Nice project Matt. Good job.


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#9 posted 10-05-2010 02:53 AM

That looks awesome. I love the contrasting wood.

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#10 posted 10-05-2010 03:42 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words…

Swirt that is a really good idea on the legs/feet…I have not finished them…so can still do it…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 10-05-2010 04:55 AM

Its great to see all your projects adding up to a comfortable backyard. It must be a great feeling to look around and see all your completed projects!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#12 posted 10-05-2010 05:10 AM

thanks mark…soooo true…I can tell you that I spend a lot of times sitting in various spots with my coffee cup in the morning looking over the yard and remembering that it was just over a year ago we had a huge pile of junk, no shed…no lawn…and no river bed…trellis…sprinklers etc…and now we are down to just a few fringe areas…that dont involve building!!! (not counting the patio that will be covered eventually)...

Last night I sat on my deck…watching the sun go down and it was pretty cool looking over the yard…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 10-06-2010 06:40 AM

Way to go. Great addition to the patio & for the concept of “never throw anything away”. Maybe I’d better start rummaging through my scraps to see what kind of project is lurking there.. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#14 posted 10-17-2010 02:52 AM

i agree with nottottoman… i thought the feet looked like sphinx legs or lion king lion legs

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#15 posted 10-17-2010 05:32 AM

ok…steve in 428 days—-this is your one post??? WOOOT…I am the winner…I am glad my table got you talking….lol….thanks for the feed back…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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