Redwood Patio Table

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Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-07-2011 09:08 PM 3259 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this in August of last year when my mother-in-law asked that she get a table for her front porch for coffee – same as the purpose of the tapered leg table (also in the Project area) that she saw, used and liked! Found a similar product picture on-line that set the basic design, and then picked material suitable for a weather-exposed front porch: redwood. The material was salvaged from a picnic table type bench that I busted up and put in the shop for future use (hate throwing any lumber away, I really do!) Used hand planes to refresh all surfaces, to include a block plane to create the chamfers on the sides of each board. Cut pieces to length with tenon saw or miter box. Radius edges cut on all legs using a Stanley radius tool (#28 / #29); no sandpaper.

The legs were my second go-round with laminated (glue up) legs, this time with inside-facing surfaces planed so I wouldn’t get color lines that appear on the tapered leg table. All jointing for legs, aprons and top pieces done w/ my #8C jointer. Mortises done w/ dedicated mortiser, tenons done first with a set depth on my hand miter box, then trimmed with tenon saw and final a #93 shoulder plane. Figured the best way to get to final assembly was to use stainless steel screws from underneath…

…with my battens screwed to the side aprons. We’ll see if there’s splitting as the boards resize with the weather, but so far so good. Finish was an outdoor oil of some kind (don’t remember the brand, but it’s from Ace Hardware) that I wanted to try. You can see from the top pics it is turning slightly gray but not too much. I might re-apply before summer, just for fun, because I don’t care much for the grayed look of redwood that sits outside; I know that’s fighting mother nature, but don’t we all?

Including material prep, which was fairly extensive because it started out as salvage, about a six hour shop time on this ‘mostly hand tools’ build.

EDIT: Repaired (REMOVED) Photobucket link on 12 Jun 2017.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 01:24 AM

Cool table….

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 05:07 AM

Finish is Cabot brand “Australian Timber Oil”

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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