Building an Ironwood outdoor coffee table.

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Project by Niall mMc Keown posted 820 days ago 3196 views 25 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This outdoor coffee table is made from Ipe or ironwood.
A client took me to his favorite restaurant and asked me to build the same table but for the outdoors.
I used Ironwood and a spar yacht varnish hopefully it will last

-- Niall, California,

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 820 days ago

That is a very good looking table.

-- "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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#2 posted 820 days ago

Nice photos. Serious entertaining around that…...............

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 820 days ago

Great work I love Ipe. Very beautiful.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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T. D. Reid

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#4 posted 820 days ago

Looks great! Was it hard to keep your tools sharpened? Our local cement plant used ball bearings for their lime stone crusher made out of Iron wood because they lasted so long. With that knowledge as a guide you should be able to figure out that it will last longer than the man who commissioned you to build it. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#5 posted 820 days ago

That looks great, I’ve never worked with ironwood, from what I understand it’s pretty dense.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 820 days ago

That is a fantastic looking table. Very nice finish.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 819 days ago

Beautiful!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 819 days ago

Very nice. Gonna have to steal the design when it comes time for me to make some outdoor furniture.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#9 posted 819 days ago

Pretty nice !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#10 posted 819 days ago

That is a beautiful table. Thank you for sharing the pics and information.

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#11 posted 819 days ago

i take it , it was a oriental…very nice table, that ipe is so rich in color, and so durable, i would he will have no problems with the table, except a refinish every once in awhile…great build..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 819 days ago

Very nice
The finish looks great.
Back to the sketch pad for me…

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#14 posted 819 days ago

great design, and fine work.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#15 posted 819 days ago

That is a beautiful table. The joinery is very unique and the finish flawless. I don’t know the dimensions but I know it is HEAVY! I just hope the sun doesn’t wreck that beautiful finish. Maybe he”ll put it under a pergola or some cover to protect it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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