Patio Table Santa Ana Wind Proof

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Project by mski posted 10-07-2007 11:47 PM 3478 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a table we made, had a couple of the glass ones and would wake in the middle of the night to a glass shattering sound, another Santa Ana suprise, so I got the plans from WOOD Mag, I was too cheap to buy redwood so we planed some Douglas fir let it dry for a month and went to work, alot of it warped too badly so we planed some more let it dry and it came out better than I thought.
The plans were great, everthing went together well, the thing we liked was after assembly not a screw or nail to be seen, not even plugs.
We finished it with spar urethane, patted each other on the back because it looked impressive.
The only problem is that that douglas fir (my fault) is starting to seep sap, not much but I think once it’s done it will be time for a quick scuff and recoat.
For those not familiar Santa Ana Winds are hot wind created by cold air decending from the mountains and being heated by compression.


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#1 posted 10-07-2007 11:48 PM

Beautiful table – I love it! That douglas fir looks great. Super job.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 10-08-2007 12:06 AM

Very nice table, looks great.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 10-08-2007 12:23 AM

Nice table. If this puppy is picked up it’s coming through the walls.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 10-08-2007 12:51 AM

Hello Mark

awwwhhhh oooouuuu …. its that FIR again.

Love douglas FIR. Beautiful color and grain. Will age beautifully too !

Great looking project. Very well done.



-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 10-08-2007 01:52 AM

Thanks All;
We apreciate your comments


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#6 posted 10-08-2007 04:27 AM

Great table! I really like the design.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-08-2007 07:56 AM

Great looking table. It looks like a great place to sit and enjoy the day.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 10-08-2007 11:36 AM

Nice work Mark the table came out great. I did a double take when I saw the pic. I’m putting the finishig touches on a very similar table. I’m using a spar urathane too. I was a little reluctant with this as a choice of finish at first. I used Western Red Cedar and was worried about it coming out too yellowish. I’ve got the legs done, Im wrapping up the top now. Things did get a little yellow/orange but I am actually quite pleased with the look.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#9 posted 10-08-2007 02:42 PM

Really nice table! The fir looks great!

-- Spread love with our work

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#10 posted 10-08-2007 07:27 PM

That’s beautiful. As far as the warping wood – do you leave it outside all year? If so, what kind of finish did you put on it. I’m asking cause we built a deck three years ago and put a finish on it and it’s time to refinish it again. I’ll have to sand and/or plane the wood cause it’s pretty weather damaged (we keep it outside ;0) from the Colorado sun, dryness and snow in winter.
Can you recommend a good outdoor finish that will last a few years?

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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#11 posted 10-08-2007 07:42 PM

I used spar urethane, I was worried about warping because I used cheap 2X8’s and didn’t know how dry it was. I keep it outside but here it stays about 70 all year and rarely rains so I think this finish will last along time
Spar urethane will but for a deck that would be expensive and alot of work, I found this stuff that is supposed to last 7 years
I never tried it but it cost $75 gallon, it’s expensive but gauraunted 7 years, if it works it is well worth the money just for the labor refinishing every 7 instead of 2 years!



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#12 posted 10-11-2007 01:10 AM

Really great piece! These outdoor projects are really favorites of mine!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 10-11-2007 01:35 AM

I just love the table you did a great job!! What are the dimensions?I have about 25 or 30 board feet of beautiful locusts that I want to make a table with if that would be enough wood,Ireally like the slat style top.

-- steve with Grains Of Passion woodworks

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#14 posted 10-11-2007 12:30 PM

shaun, I love the leg assembly on your’s, great design
this plan was from Woodsmith Mag I don’t know the BF but here is the list of lunber,
4 2X6X8
2 4X4X8 (I used 1 10’)
6 1X6X8 (5/4 DECKING) I used 2X6’s Planned down, couldn’t find 5/4 decking.
Here’s the link to the plan, there is even matching stools and a tray table.


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#15 posted 10-11-2007 09:11 PM

Great table! Now you need to make some matching chairs.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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