More picnic tables that hold condiments

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Project by WhoMe posted 12-27-2013 06:17 AM 3465 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Like others, I saw the original post of the miniature picnic tables that held ketchup and mustard and thought it was a great idea. I think the idea originally came from Facebook or somewhere else from a a very creative person. I showed it to the wife and she said, “Hey, you can make one of those for our camping trips. But, can you add extra holes for salt and pepper. That would be be much better for us.”
SO the old thinking cap went on and 2 test tables were made before the final one out of pine was made for us.

Then a neighbor saw the one in our house and requested 6 for her. One for herself and 5 to give away as Christmas presents. So, I said Ok. I figured it woudl not be too bad because I had made some templates and jigs for the first table. Then the Wife said, hey, can you make 6 more. One for your dad and 5 for me to try to sell at a craft fair.

That made a total of 12 tables. What had I gotten myself into. So, I got to work figuring out types of woods and how much to buy. Since the neighbor’s favorite color is purple, purpleheart was the wood of choice there. Her other 5 were initially to be unfinished so the people she gave them to could finish them how they wanted so a plain light colored (and inexpensive) wood was chosen, poplar. Made it easier. Then I got a little hair up my behind and decided to make a couple out of alder and one out of ash as a variety for the craft fair.

After a day and a half, I had all 156 pieces of wood cut… 12 tables at 13 pieces each

Then came assembly and finishing. Gluing all the parts took a while but I ended up making up 4 jigs for the leg sets which moved things along.
The initial set of 6 got finish. 1 coat of Zinnser seal coat shellac and then 2 coats of General finishes High Performance semi gloss poly. Here are the Ash and 2 Alder tables drying. After putting on the seal coat of shellac, the two alder tables really popped in color and grain. The ash table popped in color and grain also. The looked great compared to the bland poplar ones but they all turned out nice.

Next was the second set of 6 (5 poplar and 1 purpleheart) All of these were unfinished per the neighbor’s request. MAN, that purple heart is a bear to work with. It planes TERRIBLE, tough to machine and sand without burning or discoloring due to heat. But it turned out fine in the end. As it turns out, the wife only sold one Alder table at the craft fair and the neighbor ended up taking 3 of the finished poplar ones instead of all unfinished ones. So, besides the first shot here is a shot of 10 of the tables from a different angle.

And as an added bonus, they stack perfectly.

All the tables got the ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper shakers when sold or delivered.
The neighbor LOVED her purpleheart one as that was a suprise to her. She even paid me more than what I asked for the set of 6 tables. Upon delivery, she forewarned me that I may get some orders for more. We’ll see if it pans out. If so, I have to find ways to reduce the labor needed to complete these.
But it was a fun and learning experience.

Thanks for looking.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 07:59 AM

Looks like JSB is the creative person:

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 12:49 PM

I like it
Nice build

-- Steve--

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 03:50 PM

Yea stoli, jsb was the main influence for these. Just couldn’t remember. Facebook and Etsy were the other two influences.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#4 posted 12-28-2013 12:39 AM

I have made several of these but yours look great with the wood you chose. I have modified the design for other uses also. Made one as a business card holder that may work well at your craft fair. I even made one with fox and hound routered on the top for my 6 year old niece. So many ways to to find variations on these. Good job on this fun project!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 05:44 PM

Cool condiments holders! Like the variety of woods used and the finish. They sure make great gifts. Great work!

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#6 posted 12-31-2013 01:22 AM

these are great! what is the dimension of the table top?

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#7 posted 05-10-2014 04:30 AM

Hey Whome I just stumble on your page I must say I would like permission to copy this project this is nice design of yours, very clever and also very nice workmanship someday I too get to do some woodworking,.


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