Folding Patio Table

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Project by greg48 posted 09-07-2012 02:45 AM 2000 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wishing to escape the non-stop campaign coverage, I decided to scrub up some more of the reclaimed redwood on my salvage pile and create a folding patio table for the wife. I have always been intrigued with the folding design of this table so I drew it up on Sketch up and proceeded to fill the shop/house with fine redwood sawdust which gets onto and into everything.

The first pic is of the finished project with a coat of Thompson’s water seal on it for an easy to maintain finish. No need to add a stain, as any finish significantly darkens the wood.

The 2nd & 3rd pics are a view of the table in its folded position. It doesn’t fold quite flat because I lapped the leg spreaders into the legs instead of on top as I have seen them done before. I thought that lapping the spreaders would add a little more strength and a better appearance.

Pic #4 is a view of the table tops. The table slats are all tongue and grooved and fitted into a rabbited frame. The frame corners were strengthened with 1/8” redwood splines and all pieces were edge treated with a 1/8” bevel to help hide any ill fitting pieces.

Pic #5 is a closeup of an unfinished top showing the splined miters and beveled edges.

All joinery is done with dowels and glue. The hinge dowels were pinned with 1/4” doweling. I’m looking forward to see how the hinges hold up over time considering the softness of the redwood.

P.S. The wife is well pleased despite my tracking in fine sawdust all over the house.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 05:02 AM

Nice tables. It is a popular, strong, and functional design. The form can be adjusted from a small stool to a large card table size.
I too would be concerned about the softness of the Redwood. Possibly a metal sleeve would help. I have made many of them of oak and maple with out any problem.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 08:35 AM

Great job looks really nice.

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

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 10:28 AM

good looking table, sure looks strong.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 10:42 AM

Very nice. You got way more done than the politicians :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 02:19 PM

Looks nice and quite sturdy for a folding table :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 02:47 PM

Gorgeous table, nice work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 09-07-2012 10:28 PM

Handy, dandy. Nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 02:06 AM

That is a design that works for camp stools as well as tables. Your table is beautiful and shows a lot of craftsmanship. I hope the Thompson’s preserves that beautiful color but I haven’t had much luck with it on my redwood deck.

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

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#9 posted 03-29-2013 11:51 AM

Fantastic table.Lightweight and versatile, the folding tables are often seen as must-have solution for homes that are space limited or where rooms are used for multiple purposes. A folding table is perfect for a range of applications and can easily be stored in a closet or similar place when they aren’t actually in use.

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