Coffee Table for front porch

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Project by woodmaker posted 09-11-2012 05:21 PM 1572 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife had a wicker table out there that rotted away over the last 7 years.

So, having a bunch of scrap lumber laying around I built this one. The table is 31” long, 18” high and 19” wide, I did a 2 inch setback on the aprons so it would be easier to get our legs under it. Plain jane, no fancy routing or nothing.

Lot’s of dings, scratches, divits and etc, so I used a bit of wood putty; she wanted it painted white so I wasn’t too worried about it.
The aprons are pocket screwed to the legs and the stretchers, and in turn the stretchers anchor to the table top with pocket screws as well.

It was fun and I finally learned how to taper legs. I gave up on my aluminum jig and just used a #4 stanely smoother to get the tapers. Took longer, but it was good exsercise, not to mention it’s the only hand plane that I own. Next purchase will be a jointer plane because once I did the glue up for the top it took a while to get it level (it’s close anyway).

I have a General mortise and tennon jig, but haven’t mastered that yet. I do good on the tennons, but haven’t gotten the mortise centered. Plus I don’t like you can only use one width of wood because of the way it does the set up. I’ll master it eventually and then I think I can do the mortise and tennon seperate since I normally use 2 different sizes of wood.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 05:41 PM

Nice! I have found that each project, no matter how simple, is a learning experience. Take, for instance, marriage!

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 08:14 PM

What a great looking table … I used pocket holes to secure the top on a table I made, and about two months later the top cracked from shrinkage. A bit to solid i’d say, now I use the figure 8 hardware, no problems since.
Are the legs tapered or is that camera angle?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 09-12-2012 02:56 AM

Nice looking table, but a shame you had to paint it. I love the look of the natural wood. To each his/her own. Still a nice job.

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#4 posted 09-12-2012 03:03 AM

very nice

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#5 posted 09-12-2012 07:12 AM

Great work!

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#6 posted 09-12-2012 11:08 AM

Do you park your Harley on the porch?

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#7 posted 09-12-2012 12:24 PM

Thanks for the kind words all.
RWJones, I did not want to paint that table, it was a painful thing for me to do; but the wife insisted and she has to be happy, plus she wanted it to match the wicker (which I have to paint again).

Hunter71, back in the day I parked on the porch among other places. :-) But now my back is so bad I can’t ride anymore; had to sell the Harley, bought a 2002 Z06 Corvette, that didn’t work out with the back either so sold that and bougt a Mercedes E350. But woodworking is good therapy for me as long as I don’t drop anything. :-)

Now that it is painted can anyone one suggest a good wax to keep on it? Johnsons Paste Wax, automotive waxes? Just looking for extra protection, when it rains from the west, the porch gets wet

-- Mike

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