Mini Picnic table Condiment holder.... And a great score!

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Project by AngieO posted 07-05-2013 04:25 PM 4259 views 12 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok… You will look at this project and think… Simple. No big deal. I actually got the idea from here (JSB – so you probably have even seen it before. I wont tell you how to make it because he is great at doing that himself. So go check him out.

BUT… I have been SOOOOO excited about this. For a number of reasons. It’s super simple and I’ve wanted to make one for a while along with some other projects on Jays site. I finally just made myself get out there and make it.

By now you all know how I am about free wood LOL. So last week I had drove by two places… one builds barges and the other is a sign company. I got a LOAD of stuff from them. And I was in my van… so I had to improvise :)

There were quite a few 1×4’s in the mix. I used half of one of them to make it.

Ok. So Still… simple enough. But I ran into a problem. I don’t have a drill press. I don’t have ANYTHING to make holes. So I made the table without the holes.

Soooo… I figured this would be a cute gift for someone to put a doll on or I’d find some use for it. I gave up and decided to turn to this…... It’s just a simple little organizer I got over the weekend. It belonged to my stepdad. He passed away back in March. My mom is moving and had me come over and get any tools that I may need for my garage. There were two of these. The other one was blue and had smaller drawers. She told me to take one and leave one for my brother. I started to take the blue one… then changed my mind and took this one. I looked through a few of the drawers and found all kinds of screws.

So after giving up on the holes and being content with my mini picnic table… I went to sort, clean and organize my new little organizer. I had no idea the little treasures it would hold. The first thing I discovered were these….I thought this thing was empty so I was surprised to find them.

LOL… what are these called???

The largest was 1”. It was rusty and did not cut well. The other newer one cut better and the largest was 3/4”. So I thought I’d start there. I cut a hold, drew a line and tried to use my OLD scroll saw. FAIL!!! It eventually cut the hole. But I need a new blade and I have to order them from ebay since they dont’ sell them anymore. The hole was crappy and I was completely dissatisfied with it. I gave up again and went to organizing again.

That’s when I found these. I think that my dad called it a “hole saw”. Is that what they are?

That did the trick just fine. The first hole I cut had a lot of tear out on the back. Even after sanding and knowing it was on the bottom… I didn’t like that. Glad I used a scrap.

So then on my actual table I tried to clamp a scrap piece on the bottom to minimize. When I got through the board (only 1/2” thick”) the bit on the end had poked through the other side. So… I just turned it upside, put the bit back in the hole to line it up… and cut the rest of the way from the other side. Perfect!

Yeah! My dad to the rescue even after he is gone!
This finished one… will go to my mom. :)

Thanks for letting me share this story. Sorry it was so long for a project post. My son was there when I found the “hole saw”. He now thinks I’m crazy because of the little happy dance I did.

I guess that’s one of the differences about being a girl and woodworking. We get to do the giggling happy dance and its OK. :) LOL!

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#1 posted 07-05-2013 04:36 PM

Happy dances are nice! :)

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 04:36 PM

The flat paddle looking ones are called ‘Spade Bits’, Chuck them in your drill and drill holes with them.
A lot of them will be dull and not cut so well … take a flat file and touch up the cutting edge, (on each wing) it’s so easy it will scare you.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 04:48 PM

For the right score we all do the happy dance. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Keep knocking dead young lady.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 05:01 PM

To be honest… I will probably do another happy dance when I go back out to the shop to clean up. LOL!

Grumpymike… I wondered if they would sharpen. I will try that. I do have a file.

So are the other ones called a “hole saw”?

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#5 posted 07-05-2013 05:47 PM

Yep. hole saw it is. Neat little pick-a-nic table. Yogi and BooBoo would be proud! :-)

And another nice score on the free wood! Pretty soon your local lumber users will get to know you and maybe they’ll you call when they have some good scraps for you! How cool would that be? LOL

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 07-05-2013 05:56 PM

That would be pretty cool.

I went by there today. I picked up another couple of 2×3’s. Just small pieces. BUT… there were two 2×4s. Looked brand new. Only thing… they were nailed together. One nail on each end along with a 2”x4”x6” attached. I guess they made it as a jig and then didn’t need it anymore. They throw away so much. LOL… not complaining… I hope they keep it up. Someone ought to suggest that they should be using oak and cherry. Maybe a little walnut and maple. :)

Can’t wait for my mom to come over and give her the picnic table.

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#7 posted 07-05-2013 06:02 PM

Awesome! Very well done.

-- -- Skee from MN

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#8 posted 07-05-2013 06:54 PM

Now that is so cute :)
Well done Angie

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 07-05-2013 07:50 PM

The happy dance is great, one day he will understand….great job!


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#10 posted 07-05-2013 08:24 PM

Angie I just love reading your posts. You remind me of when I first started in woodworking about 100 years ago and didn’t know a darn thing…you are picking it up very fast. You might think of making a couple more of the condiment holders and give them as gifts to the people you are getting the free wood from…show them what you are making and make them feel good at the same time….little gifts go a long way sometimes

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 07-05-2013 09:08 PM

great picnic table,i like jay’s web site he has some nice projects and explains the build well.
great score on the free wood.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 07-05-2013 10:59 PM

I’m with Larry, I always like reading and seeing your adventures in woodworking and projects, but I have to say that in one of your photos “wood in car” that is wood abuse. haha J/K I just had to say that.

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#13 posted 07-05-2013 11:29 PM

That is really cool, Angie. You could custom make them for people to fit their salt and pepper shakers and other items they keep on the table….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 07-06-2013 02:17 AM

Well…. Looks like I’m slowed down a bit. My miter saw bit the dust today. :’(

Thanks for the comments guys.

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#15 posted 07-06-2013 02:54 AM

Nice job and great score on the unknown tools!!!

What kind of miter saw is it? Direct drive or belt driven? What’s it doing…nothing?

-- Jay -

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