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Forum topic by Marcus posted 06-25-2015 07:35 PM 677 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2015 07:35 PM

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I would like to build an outdoor table similar to the one pictured. Most of the projects I’ve built in the past
have been built off plans and I’m nervous trying to “design” something myself.

1. The table will be smaller than the one pictured, probably 72×36. Since it is not very long, should I consider making it narrower? I’m concerned that 72×36 may not look the best.

2. How thin can I get away with for the top? I have rough 4/4 stock that I would like to make this from and I really do not want an apron. Again, I’m worried that 13/16” may not look right. What do you think the ideal thickness is for something like this?

I really appreciate the help.


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#1 posted 06-25-2015 08:07 PM

I suggest a full sized mock up using throwaway material, try some foam board insulation from the home store and a couple of pieces of 2×4 for raw materials. Tease out the dimensions with these and then build on that in your design process. The big sin in table tops is going too thin with the material, it looks, well, flimsy. But large thick slabs come at a premium price, so it’s a catch-22.

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 10:07 PM

Marcus, you can use your 4/4 stock for the top and double up the edges to avoid the too thin look. I would not go much narrower than 36” for a table because you need room for place settings on each side and center space for serving plates, etc. FWIW

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 11:23 PM

Check out the table titled “All Purpose Ipe Table” in my GALLERY section. Ipe and copper will last forever.

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#4 posted 06-27-2015 10:52 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. Art – I like the idea of doubling up on the edges. I think that is the direction I’m going to go.

Clint – that is a great looking table. I also really like your cherry trestle table. I’m keeping that one in mind when I need to do a table for the inside dining room (which is on the project list).

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