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post #1 of 16 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 10į 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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post #2 of 16 Old 05-12-2020, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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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 !!
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....
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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The chairs are coming along, albeit a bit slow. Bought and stacked treated lumber to dry 2 months ago. Today, all pieces are cut and the round-over of edges has begun. Four items with shape were duplicated using a small (or should I say "micro") router table. Hope to complete pre-sanding parts and start pre-assemblies this weekend (built a fixture for pre-assembling the seat bottoms and backs).
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That table is beautiful!
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That table is beautiful!
Thank you. I'm hoping my plan for the chairs will complement the table and not distract.

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Awesome table; unique and something I wouldn’t have thought of, but it works!

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I dig it. I especially appreciate mortise and tenon joints.

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Great design. Very Original.

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Great design. Very Original.
Thank you. I was shooting for the "bread board look" without the labor intensive joinery, especially because it will sit out in the weather. Since it's been sitting out in the rain and sun... expanding and contracting ... I find I may need to pull and trim one of the 3 floating boards ... make it about 1/16" more narrow. When it swells, it almost closes the gaps between it and the adjacent fixed boards.

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Made a fixture I used to pre-assemble the seat backs, and will also use it for the seats. Pre-assembled all the seat back frames today and installed slats on one of them. A Japanese flush-cut hand saw works great for trimming dowels. I designed the back and seat slats to be the same size, but hole locations are different. I used a fixture for drilling and countersinking the 216 holes today.
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Completed pre-assembling six chair backs and six seats, and then moved on to prepping for final assembly. When I designed the prototype chair using MS-PowerPoint, I drew a full size elevation view on a 2' x 4' piece of 1/2" plywood. After maturing the design and updating the plywood drawing, I glued some stop-blocks to that plywood so I can use it as an assembly fixture. Due to the limited space in my work area, I can final assemble only one chair before starting another. This one is ready for oil stain and screwing together all the piece parts ... parts which are stained different colors. At that point, it will be moved to the deck so I can begin chair #2 of six.
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Nice table
I just built a Cedar table that i hope went together good without a lot of movement.
Building a 2nd one already
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Iím hoping the general consensus is the table and chairs arenít too gawdy.
Iíll post a few more pix after all six chairs are assembled and positioned around the table.
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