picket fence table

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Project by dadof3 posted 09-18-2008 07:27 PM 3261 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a painted poplar fence table. I scaled down the fence post and slat dimensions and used mortise and tenon construction for the rails into the post. The inside has a shelf for flowers or other decorations. It has a glass top to allow you to see the inside. It is a simple build, just a little time to lay it out and cut the slats.

-- so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:10

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#1 posted 09-18-2008 07:40 PM

Very interesting design, i like the flowers in the middle, it suits the theme of the fence, Well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#2 posted 09-18-2008 08:55 PM

This is unique design. It serves dual purpose.
My questions : 1. I do not see any fasterner to hold the glass tabletop. Won’t it slip away?

2. How easy is it to change the folwers bouqet if you need to?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 09-18-2008 09:12 PM

I like this design, my wife would love it. Great job…very creative!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 09-18-2008 09:20 PM

That is a nice idea to solve the question: What to do with a glass table top? Looks very nice.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 09-18-2008 10:16 PM

well isn’t that cute!!
what a great idea.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 09-19-2008 12:27 PM

Very nice.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 09-19-2008 03:49 PM

Thanks for the comments. The table is held in place with clear rubber door bumpers (the balls on top of the posts are flattened slightly on the top for that purpose. They keep it from moving around in combination with the weight of the glass. The glass top can be removed easily by two people, or one if you can reach across the top. Two is much safer and you are less likely to chip it when setting it down.

It could also be made where one of the fence sections is hinged like a door. This was an afterthought. On the next one I build, I may try it. You could leave the joinery the same for structural support and hinge the slats or make the slats removable with a magnet and a dowel for alignment. There are several different ways to modify the access.

Like many others, after I built it I had several other ideas to make it better by expanding it a little for easier access to the inside. Such is life…


-- so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:10

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