Patio dining table

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May-June 2010

This table is based on a design published by Ana White @ This was my second woodworking project. My wife stumbled across the site above while looking for patio furniture and asked if I could build it. I thought it looked straightforward enough, so I ordered a big load of redwood and went to work. It was finished in the nick of time to serve as a big picnic table for my son’s 3rd birthday.

Here’s a link to the plan:

I then modified the table plan to create these similar benches and a console table (not pictured).

-- Dylan, Half Moon Bay, CA

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 08:38 PM

Nice design, well executed.

Welcome to LumberJocks.

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 09:43 PM

Looks too nice to keep outside! Well done and welcome to LJ.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 09:45 PM

very nice work and design as well. congrats…

-- timber715 - Manila, Philippines

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 10:07 PM

Welcome to LJ.

Beautiful table.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 12:59 AM

Beautiful …what finish is on it ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 02:20 AM

NICE! Really like the breadboard ends.

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 05:02 AM

Very nice. Almost too pretty to go outdoors… but what an enhancement to the outdoor life!

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 05:04 AM

You are lucky to have that kind of lumber !
love the design and craftsmanship.


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 06-01-2011 06:58 AM

Nice job! That’s how I got started with woodworking. My wife found that ana-white site also & wanted to build a coffee & now I am addicted to woodworking! Welcome to lumberjocks!

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 03:55 PM

Thanks for the comments and the nice welcome, everyone. This is a great community.

@Dusty, the stain is Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil in Mahogany Flame. Credit goes to my wife for the finish. I dislike painting in all of its forms, so she takes over after the build to spruce things up.

-- Dylan, Half Moon Bay, CA

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#11 posted 08-29-2011 09:57 PM

This would look great on my deck. It looks like all 2×6 contruction, is that correct?

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#12 posted 08-29-2011 10:14 PM

actually the breadboard ends look like they could be 2×8 – hopefully the OP will come back :-)

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#13 posted 08-29-2011 10:54 PM

Thank you : )

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#14 posted 08-29-2011 11:31 PM

You’re correct—it’s 2×6 for the main table and then 2×8 for the breadboards.

Here’s a link to the plan I used:

I followed this pretty close. I preferred to have the long stretcher at the base oriented vertically instead of the horizontal called for in the plan but other than that it’s by the book.

One shortcoming in the plans is the breadboards. You will see in the design that they are not very well supported—a problem compounded by the fact that they are very tempting to lean on when you’re hanging around the table. When I modified this plan for the console table, I took a different approach. I built the full tabletop as a single piece, tying the breadboards to the 2×6s with pocket screws and glue and then screwing that whole thing onto the frame. It feels much stronger. Of course it’s a shorter span so that plays into it too, but in any case if I were doing this one again I’d look for a stronger approach to the breadboards.

-- Dylan, Half Moon Bay, CA

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#15 posted 08-29-2011 11:36 PM

Very nicely done. Did you get any new tools from it?

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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