Tile Top Patio End Table w/ Sketchup model

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Project by vrice posted 07-05-2012 12:59 AM 7678 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple project I tackled last weekend. I recently built a Morris Chair for my patio. I needed a table to go with it. I found the plans for this little guy at Woodsmith Shop. I built this one out of the same batch of Cypress I used for the Morris Chair. I really like the Tile Top. Down here in Houston drink glasses sweat quite a bit. The tile could care less. The tiles sell for $4 at the big box stores and there are many choices.

The first thing that caught my eye on this design was the use of pocket hole joinery. One of the pics shows the leg construction. The two frames making up the top are also assembled with pocket holes. I made use of a base I put together for the Kreg Jig Santa gave me last year. I LOVE THIS JIG.

The last item of note that I found neat was the way the rabbet joint is handled on the legs. You can see this in a couple of photos included. A simple chamfer on the edge all but make the joint invisible.

As I did with the chair I finished this with multiple coats of Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane.

A complete Sketchup model, with dimensions, can be found at the warehouse.

-- Vic Rice

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#1 posted 07-05-2012 02:24 AM

Nice! I have those plans from the Woodsmith Outdoor Woodworking book. I want to build one of these tables, but I need to scale it up to fit a 17” tile that I have for the top. I was also thinking of making a table in this style that is three tiles wide to use as a prep station for grilling on the patio. I love my Kreg jig too. There’s a million uses for it.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#2 posted 07-05-2012 09:16 AM

nice job.i just finished building the same table.i agree the Kreg jig is very useful. Jeff

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 10:21 AM

Great looking table Vic. There are endless choices for tiles at the stores and therefore endless possibiliteis for table tops. I like this one alot. Like I said before about your Morris chair, this table is almost too nice to leave outside. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 07-06-2012 05:58 PM

Nice table – looks great with the tile top. I love the Kreg jig as well. Originally I looked at them several years ago and just didn’t see a need at the time. Now, after several projects that could have benefited from the use of one (I made a small console that has joints like your Dining table) I decided to purchase one on the 4th. I am in the middle of another project (a bathroom vanity) which I was planning on blogging about but I may just have to put up the finished project – wait and see. Thanks for sharing.

-- - It's not worth doing if your not willing to do your best.

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#5 posted 07-06-2012 10:20 PM

Coupled with the chair, you are going to have a beautiful set of patio furniture.

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#6 posted 07-08-2012 04:57 PM

Thanks for the comments. I’m about to complete a screen door using lumber from the same load of Cypress I’ve used so far. To end this patio exercise I’m going to make an ottoman to go with morris chair. That’ll about end my patio overhaul.

-- Vic Rice

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#7 posted 07-11-2012 01:43 PM

Great job!! What issue of Woodsmith were these plans in?

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 07-15-2012 01:00 PM

Sorry for the tardy reply Jack. I can’t tell from the link I provided exactly which issue this plan appeared in. Sorry.

-- Vic Rice

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