Outdoor Garden Table

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Project by moonls posted 08-03-2010 03:58 PM 1591 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a scaled down version of a project I found in Fine Woodworking magazine. I used recycled pine to make sure the proportions were good. I intend to make another out of cedar now that I’m satisfied with the scale and I’ve practiced the techniques of routing and fitting the 12 sections together using splines and glue. The table diameter is 3’ and sits 30” high. Since it was pine, I finished with a good primer and exterior enamel. The cedar version will not be painted; I may stain it or leave it natural.
There is a notch visible in the 4th picture that is needed to slide all the top boards into the rabbet. The 2 cleats secure the center board in place.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 04:02 PM

Very nice green colour.Nice table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 04:17 PM

Nice looking table. In the 4th photo (the one of the underside), what are the two fingers for that seem to point to the leg?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 04:19 PM

Excellent build Lorna. The proportions seem perfect for the setting. I hope you post the cedar one too as I would love to this in natural wood.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 04:31 PM

Thanks for adding the explanation about the cleats. I am guessing that all of the top boards have a rounded tenon on each end that fits into a groove on the edge?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 05:36 PM

i like this table and how you made it…really turned out nice…of coarse i look forward to the cedar table with a natural finish…i love cedar…i just got done using the aromatic cedar on a desk i will post very soon…but i like how this table looks outside…fits right in and the color you picked is very nice as well…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 07:12 PM

I’ve seen it in person… it is even better than the pictures!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 06:09 AM

That’s a great looking table right down to your color selection …looking forward to the cedar version now : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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