Building an Ironwood outdoor coffee table.

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Project by Niall mMc Keown posted 05-03-2012 03:24 AM 5787 views 26 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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#1 posted 05-03-2012 03:32 AM

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 05-03-2012 06:18 AM

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

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

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#3 posted 05-03-2012 07:44 AM

Great work I love Ipe. Very beautiful.

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

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#4 posted 05-03-2012 10:35 AM

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 05-03-2012 11:38 AM

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 05-03-2012 12:45 PM

That is a fantastic looking table. Very nice finish.

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

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#7 posted 05-03-2012 01:07 PM

Beautiful!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 05-03-2012 01:09 PM

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 05-03-2012 01:21 PM

Pretty nice !

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

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#10 posted 05-03-2012 02:04 PM

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

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#11 posted 05-03-2012 03:51 PM

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 05-03-2012 11:15 PM

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 05-04-2012 12:51 AM

great design, and fine work.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#15 posted 05-04-2012 01:09 AM

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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