Outdoor Table in Jatoba

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Project by Topapilot posted 08-08-2008 03:46 AM 5786 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jatoba, loose tenons, and Teak oil finish.

I wanted a small table to go by the steamer chairs at the pool, and logged into LJ for some insperation. What a resource! In minutes I had found Dorje’s table: Click for details and I knew I wanted a smaller version. I had some Jatoba in the shop, and Dorje said I could copy his table, so here is my version.

I wanted tapered legs on this table, but had never done that before. I searched the web for “build a taper jig” and found all sorts of very nice jigs, but all would take more time than I wanted to invest. Then on a thread on Woodnet someone (sorry, can’t remember who) said “a taper jig is just a sled with blocking screwed to it” Well, that was simple enough even for me, and the gears got to turning.

Taper jig from scraps

A piece of ply with a runner screwed to the bottom, a maple stop block, and a block with hardware from my drill press table.

Taper jig with leg ready for the cut

To set it up, I marked the leg with the start of the taper and where it would end at the bottom. I cut my jig to size by screwing on the runner, and cutting off the edge. That cut off edge will show where the taper will be cut. Then I put the leg on the sled in the correct position and screwed on the side block. Clamp the leg in place and you’re in business.

Then I got to use my new cabinet scraper, and that is a great tool. I’ve never been able to get shavings with a scraper before, but this worked perfectly.

cabinet scraper on Jatoba

First time using Jatoba, first tapered legs, first time starting and finishing a project in one week; must be progress.

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#1 posted 08-08-2008 03:49 AM

congrats on all the firsts!!! Fantastic result!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 08-08-2008 04:00 AM

That looks awesome! And you did this in a week!!! That’s incredible! Great work!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 08-08-2008 04:18 AM

Very nice, its great having all this information at your finger tips isn’t it. Nice job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 08-08-2008 04:43 AM

great looking table.
it’s nice to include some firsts in a project, I did the same in my last small table.

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#5 posted 08-08-2008 05:02 AM

Very nice looking table. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 08-08-2008 02:32 PM


Great shavings coming off that scrapper!

Very nice work on that table, too.

You work space looks very well organized!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 08-09-2008 01:52 AM

Very nice table.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 08-09-2008 02:47 AM

Nice job, dude. Props on getting through the project quickly with great results. Thanks for the post.

-- -JB

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Callum Kendall

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#9 posted 08-09-2008 08:36 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 12-19-2008 09:21 PM

Great looking table! I may very well have to do my own version of it. Looks like a great excuse to pull out the Domino!

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