Outdoor Dining Table with Benches

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Project by Quikenuff posted 06-25-2017 08:56 PM 2754 views 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My In-laws asked me to build an outdoor table and benches almost two years ago. They only had one requirement, that it be as long as I could confidently build. Before I embarked on this project it took me a while to decide on a style and materials, then it took a little longer to acquire some additional tools I knew I would “need”.

The overall dimensions of the table are 29” X 36” X 108” and the 4 benches 18” X 15” X 44”. Made from local 8/4 cypress. It took me about 3 months to build. I used traditional mortise and tenon joinery with wedged through tenons joining the table aprons to the legs. Finished with 2 coats of penetrating epoxy and 2 – 3 coats of Epifanes matte varnish.

Hopefully they feel it was worth the wait.

Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 12:09 AM

Very nice table. Good craftsmanship.

-- Scott

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 01:05 AM

Man, you must really like your in-laws. The design is awesome. I really like the bevel edges. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 01:24 AM

Man, you must really like your in-laws. The design is awesome. I really like the bevel edges. Well done.

- 489tad

Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the design. I found it in FWW issue #235 made it 4’ longer and adapted it for outdoors. The benches came from issue #207.

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 05:14 AM

Beautiful design of benches and table legg set. I like the curves on the table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-26-2017 01:21 PM

This is a beautiful outdoor dining table set.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 02-25-2021 08:23 PM

Not sure if you are still on this forum, but i loved your cypress table and benches.
I’ve looked at that table design in FWW and made something similar from cherry for inside.
I’m considering making it again in cypress as an outdoor table, as you have done.
I live in eastern NC where the summers are hot and humid, so I like what you did with the top.

My main question is, how is your table holding up? Have you had to re-finish it?
Any pics after 3 years of outdoor use?

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