Patio Table for a Waterskiier

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Project by drewnahant posted 09-22-2014 03:11 PM 1953 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Basics: I built this table for my buddy who always takes me water-skiing, so it is based on the design of a swim platform on the back of a ski boat( I included a picture if you don’t know what I mean), and “Waukewan” is the name of the lake where his house is, and where we ski. It is all sapele and maple. Finish is two coats west system epoxy, four coats gloss spar urethane. the only mechanical fasteners are four threaded rods which run through the center of the table top to strengthen the cross-grain rows of spacers and slats.

The whole story: I had a conversation with my buddy about how much nicer the teak and mahogany platforms on older ski boats are than the new fiberglass ones, that gave me the idea for a table design for him. This was three years ago, I drew it up in sketchup, figured out what I wanted to do with the base, but it sat for a while, because I knew I wanted to use mahogany , and it seemed like a bit too much investment for a gift at the time. Last spring I had a project at work which used about 1500 bf of 10/4 sapele, which gave me plenty of cutoffs that would have gone to the firewood pile, 1/2” rips for the bent top, 30” long cutoffs for legs, I only had to buy one board for the upper stretcher, and the maple slab for the center of the top. So I bought a gallon on west system 105 epoxy for all my glue ups and the finishing, and I got started. Unfortunately after a few weeks of evenings working on the legs, laminating the bent slats for the top, etc. I got busy at work, lost interrest for a while, then I started a bunch of projects for my sister’s wedding. Basically, I didn’t touch this project for about a year. Then about a month ago I got tuberculosis…... I started treatment, and felt better almost immediately, but the board of health won’t let me return to work until I test negative for contagious germs, so I suddenly had plenty of time to finish my projects. And the timing worked out nicely, I finished it just in time for my friend’s birthday.

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 03:44 PM

This Table Looks AWESOME!!!!.... I want one!!! great workmanship!

-- David, New Bedford, ma.

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 04:20 PM

Great idea and very nice work. Funny how the day job seems to always get in the way of the fun stuff.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 04:35 PM

This is awesome! The table looks amazing, very nice work. I agree that the teak platforms are lot nicer than the fiberglass. I refurbished the platform on my Prostar 209, as well as on my Dad’s 205.

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 05:43 PM

Wowza! Now that is a beautiful table.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 09:43 PM

That is one awesome table ,,, wow wow wow

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 09-22-2014 11:23 PM

Bingo! you nailed it a SUPER JOB.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 09-23-2014 02:26 AM

That is a fantastic table! The design materials and execution are all top notch!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Scott Landry

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#8 posted 09-23-2014 06:48 AM

Holy cow! Nice table. Most projects I usually think hey I can do that. Not with this project. Makes me feel like a beginner.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#9 posted 09-23-2014 09:10 AM

Great looking table.
Superb build.
Very apt gift.
Hope your recovery continues.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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Canadian Woodworks

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#10 posted 09-23-2014 12:27 PM


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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