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post #1 of 5 Old 05-10-2020, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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First table

Newbie woodworker here. Not sure where I want to go with woodworking, but I've always enjoyed challenging my mechanical ineptitude. Anyway, I always liked doing things with my hands. As a Production Engineer, I can point at some stats and say I caused that ... but when I was a pipefitter, I could point at piping systems I installed on an aircraft carrier when Reagan was president, and say I built that ... and it's still operational and will continue so until that carrier is retired.

Wanted to build some deck furniture. Not the generic Adirondack chair & table, but something a tad bit different. I built a prototype chair I liked, then decided to build a matching table. Now I will modify the chair a bit and build six more. The table has taken more time than expected (like most endeavors, huh?). It's a mild variation of a farmhouse table made of treated lumber and employs the same 10 leg angles I used on the chair.

Need to stain (oil) the apron boards, then final assembly will occur on our deck. Then the top will be screwed down (pocket-holes underneath), along with the 3 contrasting boards which look uneven because they're not secured yet. The 2x4s on the garage floor allow me to slide the base longitudinally and tilt it upright without the abrasiveness of the concrete eating away at the table legs.

I'll post more pix when the chairs are underway & the table is on deck.
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I have prepared my bill of material for building the six chairs, but wanted to post this photo. The table was final assembled this afternoon on our deck. Planned it that way because I did not want to move it from the garage fully assembled. It will be repositioned on the deck after the chairs are built.
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that is one very impressive table !!
well done !!

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As mentioned the table turned out nice. How did you tie it together in.the top?made many exterior tables,etc for restaurants....
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that is one very impressive table !!
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As mentioned the table turned out nice. How did you tie it together in.the top?made many exterior tables,etc for restaurants....
About 100 pocket-hole screws, plus the end transverse (quasi-bread) boards are glued to 4 of the longitudinal top boards. It's amazing how difficult it can be to get 4 separate board ends to align for a glued fit-up. Spent a couple hours planing ends after clamping scraps to the sides of each board to prevent tear-out.
The black parts are treated 2x4s glued together so the grain counteracts each other ... thought it may retain their straightness better than 4x4s ... and they employ glued dado joints (no hardware).
I'm really liking your circular tables, especially that top with the solid edge surround.

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