outdoor rustic table

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Project by moshel posted 05-07-2009 04:59 AM 4817 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was made from two slabs of macrocarpa i bought some time ago. the top is jointed from two parts of the slab as it was not wide enough.
i have used a new system for wedging the beam – one that i have never seen before so maybe I invented it. instead of trying to make tapered slot in 6 cm beam using chisels, i used a router to make a regular mortice and used two wedges one over the other. it is very very strong and i find it also pleasing.

the table was finished with 3 layers of BLO. I might also put a layer of marine varnish on the plate – not sure about that.

althoug macrocarpa is very durable, i have made “legs” from galvanized steel to prevent the wood from touching the grass.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#1 posted 05-07-2009 02:35 PM

that is beautiful table. Your system of wedging the beam looks good.

-- Jiri

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 02:56 PM

This is my kind of table! Nice job, moshel!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 04:41 PM

Most unique great job .I like the serpentine edge


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#4 posted 05-07-2009 04:42 PM

Great table and I like the joinery option you used. How much does that sucker weigh???

-- --It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes it a life.--

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#5 posted 05-07-2009 07:13 PM

A beautiful piece of work and the table top looks great!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 12:12 AM

Thank you all for your kind comments. it weights about 100kg (I can barely lift the plate alone and the legs alone).

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#7 posted 07-02-2009 05:03 PM

nice joinery, and a gorgeous piece of wood, what a grain !! how did you affix the top to the legs to keep it flat ???

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#8 posted 07-02-2009 11:51 PM

the top had threaded inserts in it, and there is a piece of wood that is screwed to the upper inner side of the leg and has bolts in oversized holes with washers that goes into the threaded insert. this gives it enough space to move. never tried to lift the table by holding the plate. wouldn’t think it will hold. anyway, i am sure someone will try it for me someday. hope this is clear – its hard to describe.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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