Outdoors coffee table, take 2

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Project by BOBAH posted 03-25-2015 06:36 AM 1008 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second attempt to build sturdy table out of cedar that could be used indoors or outdoors.

Mostly same techniques as the previous build – mortise and tenon joints used in apron, Sikkens Cetol Marine finish. The tabletop was built differently this time – two-inch boards glued up, with added breadbords. 3.5” lumber used for legs. Hopefully this one will survive sitting on it :-)

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#1 posted 03-25-2015 02:24 PM

How did you attach the breadboard ends? You did a great job matching the grain of the boards for the top.

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#2 posted 03-25-2015 03:29 PM

Thank you.

I used 6 floating tenons on each side, made out of oak, about 4 inches wide. The middle two are glued in place, the rest are held by wooden peg inserted from beneath in oversized hole, to allow seasonal wood movement.

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#3 posted 03-25-2015 10:06 PM

looks good to me!
I love cedar and the smell and colors from working with it

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 07:28 AM

Yes, I agree, it does smell nice when cut, and the range of colors is inspiring. The downside though is that it is, frankly, too soft to be used for making sturdy furniture. The previous version of this table literally fell apart when 13 year-old kid sat on its top – not good :-)

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