Patio Side Table in Cedar

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Project by MikeInPenetanguishene posted 1413 days ago 1157 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at building something strictly with hand tools. I don’t have a good hand saw yet, but I do have a good mortising chisel (LN). It’s a little off square – I think one of my mortises is slightly angled. My wife wants a couple of similar tables for the downstairs den so I thought this would be a good prototype/trial run. It’s made out of cedar for the outdoors and I’m leaving it unfinished to naturally grey.

The work in progress photos are in my blog. If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve it I’d really appreciate it. I’m thinking of adding a shelf for the den tables. I’m also thinking of making them out of walnut and maple to get the same ‘dark legs, light top’ look to it.

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#1 posted 1413 days ago

That’s one handsome table Mike. Came out very nice.

-- Darrell B.

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#2 posted 1412 days ago

Great looking table, be hard to improve on that style. Maybe smaller legs for an inside table but that’s a matter of taste.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 1412 days ago

Actually, I was thinking the same thing. I also wanted to use walnut or cherry for the legs (and maple for the top), but I don’t think I can get that around here in that thickness. Bass Lake Sawmill only has 8/4 listed for walnut or cherry.

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#4 posted 1412 days ago

That’s a nice patio table. It matches the patio very well.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 1412 days ago

It’s very elegant and clean!

You can always laminate a couple of pieces of walnut together to get your thickness.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 1412 days ago

I was wondering about that Brandon… I may end up going that way.
Thanks for the comments everyone!

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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