Outdoor Dining Table

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Project by DougN posted 04-11-2016 05:26 PM 2396 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed this outdoor table this weekend. The plans were modified from ones from Ana White. Used 2×10’s for the top and 4×4’s for the base. All the wood came from Home Depot. My father built the base, I built the top and my wife did the painting, staining and finishing. A real family project. Total material cost for the table was around $140. The wife is extremely happy with it!! Hope you enjoy!

-- Doug - Montgomery, Tx

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#1 posted 04-11-2016 06:39 PM

Really nice looking table. What is the finish?

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 04-11-2016 09:22 PM

Nice job!

-- Eric - Black Hawk, Colorado

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#3 posted 04-12-2016 03:00 AM

It’s a beautiful table Doug. Nice design, simple but looks elegant. Tell your wife she did a nice job on the finish too.

I see you’re a fellow Texan. I only mention this because your table design, being an outdoor table and what I’ve learned the hard way about Texas weather and outdoor tables. I built some tables where I pulled the legs back towards the center to give the ends more overhang. Knowing how the sun was going to warp the end of the table top, I included boards across the end to keep everything aligned. I bet you’ve seen tables done that way. They’re usually Teak and have mortise and tenon joinery. I’ve been successful using the Kreg pocket hole method screwing both directions. I’ve seen it hold up on tables six years old, in the sun full time, no covered protection, out by the pool. The Kreg jig is easier than M&T and you can apply it later if you start seeing the ends looking like pieces of fried bacon as I have in the past. Enjoy your labor, it looks like it should last for many years to come.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 04-12-2016 03:53 AM

Darrelll: thanks for the comments. I will definitely tell the wife you liked her finish. She really worked hard on it. (Chris – I am finding out exactly what she used and I will get back with you on that). I was concerned about the ends curling (in fact I had a 2×10 that curled up like a banana after getting it the garage). To combat that I used the Domino XL from Festool and used about 7 dominoes per joint (with some especially near the ends) to hold the pieces in registration with each other. The joints are not fully closed to allow for any moisture to escape (about a 1/16” gap) but the dominoes are glued in. Only time will tell if this will work!!

Thanks again!

-- Doug - Montgomery, Tx

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 08:30 AM

Nice work on table , good job to both of you.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 04-12-2016 01:38 PM

Doug, you did a great job on this table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 04-12-2016 01:43 PM

Nice work

-- Kyle, Louisiana

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#8 posted 04-12-2016 02:11 PM

very nice

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#9 posted 04-14-2016 01:04 PM

What is the overall top dimensions? What kind of wood did you use? Nicely done, btw.

-- Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

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#10 posted 04-14-2016 02:30 PM

Really nice looking table. What is the finish?

- ChrisK

ChrisK, she first used a couple of coats of a steel wool and vinegar mixture, then a coat of MinWax Special Walnut, then a coat of MinWax Classic Gray, then another coat of Special Walnut. The finish was 3 coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane (Clear Satin). Light sanding between all coats.

What is the overall top dimensions? What kind of wood did you use? Nicely done, btw.

- Marc82Much

Marc82Much, the top dimensions are 93” long x 40” wide. Used 2×10 lumber from Home Depot

-- Doug - Montgomery, Tx

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