Outdoor patio table Iroko (African Teak)

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Project by Frederick Desroches posted 08-23-2019 04:30 AM 2404 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all began when, during the winter, two years ago, i slightly smashed our patio table with a shovel while removing the snow. so it happened,

Yes plastic is long lasting, but don’t even look at it while its -30celcius (Canada) outside, it might just crack.

I told my girlfriend, to wait that i want to build one made of wood… bla bla… So i started to search some inspiration, and to my surprise, even after searching periodically for 2 years, nothing came up…

Finaly i saw someone in France, posting his restoration project for a teak garden table on Facebook.

After i saw this this spring, (after using a broken table for two years) thing started going. I opened sketchup and after 3 days i ended with this plan :

One decision that i made for this project was to buy one of those expensive Festool domino jointer. I know, this will bring some critics… Its like cheating :P Sooooo easy and time saving… for me the final result is more important than the technique :P

I also decided to use Iroko also called African Teak to build my table… This wood is a lot harder than cedar, had an amazing chatoyancy, and is resistant to weather. By the way, one big advantage of making detailed plans is that it is easy to calculate the amount of wood required. Especially with expensive exotic wood… I went to the my local exotic wood re-seller, and came back with all that magnificent lumber.

So, no lets do some woodworking. I will not describe every steps but i will show some of the challenges i encountered, how i deal with each of em…


i printed some templates for the curves, cost 5$ at Stapples, and took 5 minutes. (again thanks to my plan)

One mistake i made while doing the plan was to resize the curve from this half circle to a more soft curve. But doing so i ended up with weird angles something like 72.1 deg and 38.7… So unfortunately the round pieces ended not being perfect… I came out with a quick jig to straighten the piece :

At first i thought it was clever ,but i ended up having different angles for my all my top planks…

Despite buying a pack of 85 sipo domino tenons (for near a dollar a piece) i felt short 15 short… So i make my own… took me like 45 minutes to make about 30.

After assembling and gluing the frame, i was sure the toughest was behind… was i wrong…
Cutting, planning, and fitting those 92 top planks, and screwing ended being a huge pain in the butt..

Mi biggest problem was one of those 4/4 plank that i bought for the top… This is the first time in my 4 years of woodworking that i saw a plank with that much stress in it… When i was using ma table saw big splitter at one point the table saw began moving instead of the board advancing… i used microjig splitters and as soon as the board past the splitters, i added a wood scrap in the join…and i because i cutted the planks exactly the width i needed about the half of the planks ended up unsuable..

Finally i decided to buy another 10 foot plank, and to cut if larger and ruff using my sled

lots of planing and sanding…. this would have be a lot less painfull with all straight planks…

Oh, yes, one last surprise…

No i must do 4 chairs and a bench….

Not so bad for a hobbyist :)

-- Fred, Canada

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#1 posted 08-23-2019 09:25 AM

That right there Sir is absolutely brilliant, and, a work of art. Well done .
Truly superb,
I truly hope there is no more bla bla from Girlfriend, She has gotten something extraordinary there.
Kind Regards

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#2 posted 08-23-2019 09:31 AM

Magnificant pattern and boards layout. Very skilled build.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 08-23-2019 01:44 PM

that is about as good as it gets in an outdoor table,love the design,cant wait to see what you come up with for chairs.beautiful work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 08-23-2019 03:11 PM

That’s outstanding!

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#5 posted 08-23-2019 04:12 PM

Great-looking and it looks like a very well built table that’ll last for years. Great work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 08-24-2019 12:14 AM

Tremendous design and build with excellent craftsmanship. The finished piece looks great and I appreciate the building details.

-- AJ

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#7 posted 08-24-2019 03:52 PM

Wow. That’s REALLY nice.

I dig it.

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#8 posted 08-25-2019 03:03 AM

Lovely work… Really nice.

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#9 posted 08-25-2019 10:46 AM

WOW You did a great job and showed me how to document and post a project.

Thank you

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#10 posted 08-28-2019 01:56 PM

Love the design, and great execution!

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