|Project by greg48||posted 09-07-2012 02:45 AM||2401 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
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"