patio table

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Project by jamsomito posted 07-02-2018 08:44 PM 1474 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this table from The Wood Whisperer’s “Not so rustic rustic outdoor table” plans, found here:

I wanted to do western red cedar but we just didn’t have budget to do the whole thing that way, so I chose construction grade 2-by treated pine and finished with a dark semi-transparent stain to match my deck. I understand this is a bit taboo ‘round these parts. All-in cost of materials was about $200 including dowels, stain, prep cleaner, and glue, and I got a test-run of the stain to use on my deck (turns out I’ll be using something else). I was happy with that.

Marc Spagnuolo used dominoes for assembly. I bought enough material for mortise / tenon, but opted for 1/2” x 2-1/2” dowels to save time. The breadboard ends are drawbored with elongated tenon holes to allow for wood movement, but I didn’t have a good means of doing haunched tenons so I just made one large tongue/groove. It worked alright, but I might try the haunched approach next time. I also didn’t have a means of flattening the top other than a belt sander which I didn’t want to use on the treated pine, so there was a lot of hand-chiseling to get the tongue flat enough to receive the breadboard mortise well. I also made sure to over-buy so I could pick and choose non-warped sections of boards.

Overall the table is hefty, sturdy, and will serve us well. I recommend this design, it was a good project.

A few more pics I took along the way:

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#1 posted 07-03-2018 12:23 AM

Good looking table and benches and sturdy as well. I especially like the stretcher details and the breadboard ends. Well executed project.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 07-03-2018 01:38 AM

Looks like it came out great. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 07-03-2018 02:20 AM

Very Nice and Well Done!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 07-03-2018 03:36 AM

Very good looking table and benches. Fantastic job.

-- Cut it chop it rip it....make it!!!!

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