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06-08-2010 01:12 PM

I’m thnking about building an oval shaped table for my deck probably from redwood or cedar but I’m open to suggestions. I’m looking for plans or advice on how to Layout the oval shape etc.

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 03:04 PM

To lay out an oval you need to pins, a loop of string and a pencil. Make the string loop around both pins and stretch it tight forming a triangle. Use a pencil as the 3rd point of the triangle. Keep the string tight and move the pencil all the way around. If the pins are far apart you will get a long narrow oval. If the pins are close together you will get more of a circle look. Experiment until you have the oval you want.

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 03:49 PM

Here is a little video of making an oval as Rich describes.

Oval

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 04:13 PM

Here is another video of a slightly more precise method. The video is about 28 min. long and the oval layout starts at about the 20 min. point.
oval #2

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 04:46 PM

Here’s a jig to do the job

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgT5deym1Qk

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 06:19 PM

Many tables are drawn as two half circles separated by a rectangle. This shape is really easy to draw.

A true oval (ellipse) in an size around 72” by 36” looses a lot of area in the corners. The area of a 72×36 ellipse is 2036 square inches compared to 2314 square inches for circular corners. However, an ellipse shape is more pleasing to look at. Circular corners would look like a mass produced table from a big box store.

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 07:38 PM

Hey Jim,
Wish you had not posted that video. I just bought the Rockler one and that one looks a lot better, and cheaper too.

Steve: Either of your wood choices would be good ones. I prefer redwood because of the color but, that’s hard to maintain in an out door environment. Of course, almost any wood left in the weather will need periodic sanding and refinishing to keep it looking nice.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 11:12 PM

Thanks for the input. What would be a good source for these materials. What would be a good thickness for the top to hold up against northern ohio winters?

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#8 posted 06-09-2010 01:23 PM

I can’t help with a source in Ohio. Hopefully some one in the Buckeye state knows of a source “locally”.
As to thickness, 1.5” would be a good for your table.
I would space the timbers for the top an 1/8th apart. Not the most aesthetically pleasing for you design, but will allow the moisture to escape faster.
You could cover it with a tarp for the winter, though.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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