|Project by maxomatic||posted 03-27-2012 02:05 PM||1560 views||7 times favorited||5 comments|
I had an outdoor table on the deck that came with the house when we bought it a few years ago. I wasn’t very attractive so I thought I’d make a new table. It occurred to me if I made the new one from the old one, it would provide a great excuse to buy a planer. There’s a photo of the old one, with one bench. The other bench had already been fed through the planer when I took the photo. The wood turned out to be what I believe is western red cedar. It is quite soft and light, but I think it’s lovely wood, and I was surprised to see what a brilliant color red was under all that gray.
My design was dictated by the size and shape of the wood as it came from the old table. The legs and aprons are mortise and tenon, the top slats are tongue and groove. I fastened the top to the apron with pocket screws. To do the legs, I made a mortising jig, a Fine Woodworking design, also pictured. Finished with three coats of GF Exterior 450.
Next up, benches to match… thanks for looking.
-- I cut it three times and it's STILL too short!