Walnut Deck Tables

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Project by HokieKen posted 05-08-2018 01:29 PM 1246 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My in-laws asked for a pair of side tables for their deck for Christmas last year. I told them I was swamped at the time but would make them after the beginning of the year. I was shooting to have them done by spring. So close!

We rented a cabin with them in the Smoky Mountains last year and they loved the rustic furniture in the place. So they asked if I could do something like that. I’ve never done any live-edge work or end-grain boards or anything else so it was kind of a new learning experience.

I have a bunch of Walnut logs I’ve had drying for a couple years so I decided to slice a couple cookies off those for the table tops. I don’t have a drum sander or access to one and I wasn’t sending them through my planer. So I build a couple of rails to clamp to my workbench and made a router sled to plane the faces flat.

I lost a big chunk out of one of the table tops so I dyed some epoxy a dark purple and filled the void.

Then I added butterfly inlays of oak to prevent the worst checks from progressing any further.

Finally I made the bases from some White Oak I had left over from my workbench build. The bases are a 3-legged design since the deck surface isn’t entirely flat and are attached to the tops with Figure 8 fasteners. Everthing got a couple of coats of BLO and then General Finishes 450 Exterior Satin for protection. The tables will be under a gazebo-type covering so they won’t be exposed directly to the elements.

Thanks for looking. Comments and suggestions are welcome as always!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 05-08-2018 02:28 PM

They look great, Kenny. Good job on the butterflies. Kudos!

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#2 posted 05-08-2018 02:44 PM

Awesome! They will enjoy those for many years. Especially when they say stuff like “I wish you finished these on time they’re great!”

Honestly, they are a great set for a patio for sure. Many years of use ahead with those I imagine. Good job buddy.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#3 posted 05-08-2018 05:36 PM

Wonderful build. I’m quite sure they’ll be proudly used in their decore.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#4 posted 05-08-2018 06:16 PM

Nicely done, i like your flattening set up. I tried that mine was too flimsy, think I’ll be stealing your idea there.

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#5 posted 05-08-2018 06:53 PM

Thanks fellas! I learned a good deal working with end grain for the first time.

Nicely done, i like your flattening set up. I tried that mine was too flimsy, think I ll be stealing your idea there.

- doubleG469

The simple build I did works flawlessly IMO. I had planned to do a more robust build after using this one for a while but honestly, aside from needing some horizontal clamping to hold the workpiece, I don’t see anything about it I feel a need to change. UNLESS someone has a brilliant idea for dust collection. On the L-shaped rails, I made them so they’re 2” in one direction and 3” in the other. That way I have 2 rail heights to choose from depending on material thickness. Of course I can always add spacers underneath if I need to work some really thick material.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 05-08-2018 07:50 PM

Very cool tables Kenny!
”UNLESS someone has a brilliant idea for dust collection.”
Do it outside on a windy day.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 05-08-2018 08:50 PM

Nice work, Kenny!

“UNLESS someone has a brilliant idea for dust collection.”

Here’s a dust collector for you! Might be too high tech, though.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 05-09-2018 12:16 PM

These make outstanding out door end tables. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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