Input please - Porch coffee and side table for wife.

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Forum topic by Cory posted 12-29-2014 03:01 PM 579 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2014 03:01 PM

This is my first real piece of furniture that counts so I’d love all of the advice and feedback you guys can give me on material, finish, build methods—anything.

My wife and I have a large back patio/porch that’s covered but not enclosed. It won’t be exposed to the sun but will get wet from time to time during heavy wind and rain. She would like me to build matching tables for her couch and chairs. Here’s my wife’s inspiration pic (she likes the table style).

Local lumber available: Oak, poplar, sassafras, maple, elm, walnut, cherry, cedar. My wife is against cedar. My current top candidate is sassafras.

Finish: Her plan is to drown it in TWP 1500 oil based stain.

Construction methods: No nails/screws. Dowels from skirts to legs. Top to be a glued up panel. What is the best way to connect top?

Thank you guys for any advice you can give me. :)

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 03:35 PM

Hey Cory,
The top normally gets fastened via either wood fasteners that have a lip that inserts the groove inside the rails or metal ones you can purchase. Just have allow whatever you use to be able to move. Not sure if a furniture like that can withstand the elements for too long before needing repair.


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#2 posted 12-29-2014 03:41 PM

Connecting the top….... It is pretty much common practice to route a 1/4” groove on the top inside of the skirt…

Maybe 3/8” deep… Then use small wooden pieces with a hole drilled in them and a matching 1/4” tenon, fastened to the top. Hoped this helps.

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 10:19 PM

Have you considered ipe? It’s available as decking from most lumber yards. In my opinion, it’s the best wood to build outdoor furniture with, even though the sawdust is pretty yucky.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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