Porch Table

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Project by bearmannh posted 04-12-2019 12:24 PM 628 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some old boards that I received from my grandfather years ago. I was never sure what the wood was but it looked like a poor man’s mahogany. The boards always looked like Luan to me so I’m thinking that it might be Philllipian Mahogany. Anyways I decided to try to make a project out it. I saw this design in Woodworkers Journal (I think) so I figured I would give it a try. The grate is made with cross hatches done with a dado stack on the table saw using the Rockler cross lap jig. I then ripped the boards down to create the strips. I was hoping to make the aprons and legs wider but I only had some much material to work with. The legs and aprons are attached with mortise and tenons which ended up being pretty small. Because of this it’s not the sturdiest table but I was pretty happy with how it came out. I finished the table with some cedar Penofin penatrating oil. It was also special to use some wood that my grandfather had passed down to me. He’s is not around anymore but I think he would have liked this table.

-- Brendon -- New Hampshire

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#1 posted 04-12-2019 02:00 PM

Very attractive.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 04-12-2019 03:58 PM

Great looking table and very nicely done. I like the legs the way they are.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-12-2019 04:26 PM

Great looking table ,and a super build, very well done.

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#4 posted 04-12-2019 06:46 PM

Nice, looks like a therapeutic build.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#5 posted 04-12-2019 09:34 PM

good looking table…...................jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 04-13-2019 12:25 AM

Great table that,
Nice work

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#7 posted 04-13-2019 04:51 AM


The table came out spectacular! I’m certain your grandfather would have been delighted to see how you made use of the material. I hope you made a special note on the bottom of it so future generations will know the story.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 04-13-2019 08:21 AM

I like that grid on top

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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John Smith

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#9 posted 04-13-2019 10:49 AM

congrats on the Daily Top 3 !!

very nicely done indeed.



-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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#10 posted 04-13-2019 11:45 AM

Awesome design/build!

-- Stephen

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