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Project by bugradx2 posted 04-14-2021 05:30 PM 589 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made this for a friend of mine completely out of cedar. He needed a table to sit outside next to his smoker to use as a landing spot for tools, trays and all the gloriousness that comes out of that smoker.

It’s based on some plans from Woodsmith called the Tile Top Table. My buddy wanted the dimensions to be a little larger than they called for and to have a solid wood top so I went ahead and made changes to their design and built this. I really like the rabbet cut in the sides of the frame so they lock together and the legs measure the same from both directions. I did use just a couple of my clamps to hold the thing when I glued it along with some squaring jigs I cut to hold it also.

I think my favorite detail on the project is the chamfer on the outside of the legs that really brought out a blonde stripe in the corner or the way the roundover looks underneath the table top.

The exterior frame of the table is held together with pockethole screws and I bought a Kreg plug cutter so I could close over the holes with the same wood I built the project out of. The finish is Arm R Seal Outdoor Oil and I really liked how it brought out the color in the cedar and the grain pattern. My buddy and I both wanted a finish that wouldn’t flake off as the table was out in the sun. Hopefully when this needs a touch up in a year or two it will just be a light sanding and then a coat or two of new oil to put it back new.

It was a very fun table to build. Thanks for looking

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time





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987Ron

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#1 posted 04-14-2021 07:04 PM

Nice looking table. Good workmanship.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 04-14-2021 08:09 PM

Sweet table. Your friend should be very grateful.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#3 posted 04-14-2021 09:47 PM

Looks great…......it’s not the sun you need to worry about, its all the other weather you get in Chicago.
I have the same problem in Wisconsin. No matter what you do cedar will discolor if rain and snow touch it….....and it is so hard to make it look as beautiful as it is now. Maybe with a pressure washer to blow off the ugly gray fibers then oil again.
Good luck.

-- "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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#4 posted 04-14-2021 10:21 PM

That is a nice looking table.

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#5 posted 04-15-2021 03:28 PM

That is a nice table.

I would make one comment about it’s potential use. Near the BBQ means it will have a high potential for getting stained with oil, grease, and etc. He may want to put a washable place mat on it when used for that purpose..

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 04-15-2021 04:25 PM



Nice looking table. Good workmanship.

- 987Ron

Thanks very much!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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bugradx2

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#7 posted 04-15-2021 04:25 PM



Sweet table. Your friend should be very grateful.

- JimYoung

He liked it, I’m grateful for anything to help the barbecue process!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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bugradx2

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#8 posted 04-15-2021 04:27 PM



Looks great…......it s not the sun you need to worry about, its all the other weather you get in Chicago.
I have the same problem in Wisconsin. No matter what you do cedar will discolor if rain and snow touch it….....and it is so hard to make it look as beautiful as it is now. Maybe with a pressure washer to blow off the ugly gray fibers then oil again.
Good luck.

- ohwoodeye

I know what you mean, we discussed several options on what to do for a finish. We’ll see how this one does. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if it winters in his garage.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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bugradx2

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#9 posted 04-15-2021 04:27 PM



That is a nice looking table.

- BurlyBob

Thanks!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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bugradx2

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#10 posted 04-15-2021 04:28 PM



That is a nice table.

I would make one comment about it s potential use. Near the BBQ means it will have a high potential for getting stained with oil, grease, and etc. He may want to put a washable place mat on it when used for that purpose..

- LesB

Thank you. I’ll suggest the mat. I think he’s intending it to be a spot to rest his drink, thermometer and stuff like that.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#11 posted 04-15-2021 05:41 PM

Nice build, looks like it would be at home on anyone’s back porch.

-- Think safe, be safe

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bugradx2

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#12 posted 04-16-2021 06:29 PM



Nice build, looks like it would be at home on anyone s back porch.

- therealSteveN

Thank you!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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