New outdoor table made from old outdoor table.

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Project by maxomatic posted 03-27-2012 02:05 PM 2426 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an outdoor table on the deck that came with the house when we bought it a few years ago. I wasn’t very attractive so I thought I’d make a new table. It occurred to me if I made the new one from the old one, it would provide a great excuse to buy a planer. There’s a photo of the old one, with one bench. The other bench had already been fed through the planer when I took the photo. The wood turned out to be what I believe is western red cedar. It is quite soft and light, but I think it’s lovely wood, and I was surprised to see what a brilliant color red was under all that gray.

My design was dictated by the size and shape of the wood as it came from the old table. The legs and aprons are mortise and tenon, the top slats are tongue and groove. I fastened the top to the apron with pocket screws. To do the legs, I made a mortising jig, a Fine Woodworking design, also pictured. Finished with three coats of GF Exterior 450.

Next up, benches to match… thanks for looking.

-- I cut it three times and it's STILL too short!

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 02:17 PM

Great work. I really like the design of this table. It’s very clean. Bonus points for reusing the old wood. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 09:17 PM

Nice work, this table is a lot nicer than what you inherited with the house. I use the same excuse with my wife when I want a new tool, it’s usually something like, ” sure I can make/fix that but I need et etc”. Works about 75% of the time.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 08:06 AM

What a great looking table and buying new toys (ooops tools) is so much fun.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 01:37 PM

That new table looks 100% better than the old. Great job!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 04:05 AM

Dead sweet, who could have imagined from that old table? And slotted tables are the best, the centre band is outstanding.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#6 posted 06-20-2017 03:20 PM

Wow, very nice.

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