Accidental Patio Table

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Project by ajw1978 posted 07-13-2014 08:24 AM 2784 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first “project” came about as a total accident. As my bio explains, I bought a new drill to put some shelves in our (her) walk-in closet. Old roommate managed a Sears, so got me a good deal on a drill, driver and saw combo. Told me I’d find myself looking for reasons to use them.

He was right.

My household CEO/COO/CFO decided she wanted a stand for all of her platers. Instead of buying one I said “oh, I can build one” with a little false bravado. But, I had seen a bench outside one of the bars on my block and it looked easy enough to replicate so … what the hell, right?

So… I buy the lumber (treated pine from Menards) and on the way home, I’m realizing that I probably went a little overboard, but it was too late to turn back so I got home and started cutting. Not remembering the “measure twice” mantra, I miscut the first 4×4 leg, but improvised and sliced and bludgeoned my way to something resembling a frame.

In order to measure out the top for proper spacing of the boards, I pulled up a chair to do some math and that’s when I realized “holy (bleep) ... it’s a Stammtisch (german bar term).” Finished the project and spent the rest of my summer fawning over my very first creation.

A year later, and armed with better tools, I’ve resisted the urge to disassemble and rebuild with proper measurements, cuts and design … I kind of like having something to look back on from when I started.

It’s not much, and it’s pretty sloppy, but it’s mine; I did it and didn’t need the old man to come over and bail me out. Pretty damn proud of it as a starting point.

But yeah … measuring. Gotta get better at this.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 10:24 AM

Good job, good story

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 11:59 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

I have a story just like that one. I enjoyed the read and can remember my table. It eventually went away but I’ll never forget it.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 12:56 PM

Cool backyard bar. So did she get her planter bench?

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 03:03 PM

Welcome and thanks for sharing your wood working story.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 05:34 PM

Thanks, guys.

JoeinGa—I’m actually using the All-Star break to build the bar! As for the planter table … I re-purposed a table from one of the hydration establishments on my street. For next season, however, I’m planning on building a deep box planter with rack above for potted herbs and what-not.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 07:55 PM

If it is standing after a year, that is great

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 07-13-2014 11:16 PM

I like it, especially the Stammtisch part!

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 07:44 AM

Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure. Measure thrice, curse, scrap and start again. Rinse-repeat and you have my woodworking philosophy/process.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#9 posted 07-14-2014 08:36 AM

I’ve gotten really good at the cussing part. The CEO gauges my progress by the number of vulgarities she hears spewing forth from the patio.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#10 posted 11-15-2014 12:23 PM

you have done good and you’re off to a great start.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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