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post #1 of 5 Old 11-30-2019, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Teak porch table

Not a complicated or fancy build, but it turned out nice, and it's the first piece I've built in nearly two years. So, it feels good to get back out there and do something again. I needed a little table for my new front porch, somewhere to set drinks while I relax. I wandered across a pretty nice teak board for a good price, so I picked it up. I already had laminated hard maple legs from another project I never completed a few years ago, so I ripped them down a bit, and put it all together with pocket screws. I made a little frame for the top, that just sets down inside the rails so it's easily removed for whatever reasons. I know maple isn't an ideal outdoor furniture wood, but it'll be mostly under the eaves of the house and will only get a little splash off the porch. The whole thing got three coats of Waterlox sealer, so it still has a natural wood look and feel, which I like. Should be a pretty good little table, considering it only took a few hours to throw together, and didn't cost much at all. The Waterlox was as much as the wood. Sorry for the terrible image quality. One day I'll either get me another decent DSLR setup, or a phone with at least a workable camera...

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-30-2019, 06:29 PM
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While "simple", that looks absolutely quality. The maple and teak blend nicely with each other. Teaks actually a wood I havent experienced yet but really want to (the price scares me slightly!). How did you enjoy working with it?
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Nice! It will be nice to enjoy the table while kicking back on the front porch and a good conversation piece.

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Thanks. I enjoyed working with it. It was my first time too. Found it at $6.99 per board foot, $3 less than normal price. It's a very oily wood, open grain a bit like oak, but it cut very well and didn't blow out at all when routing the edges and crosscutting the pieces to length. Sanding it was nice too. I'll for sure use it again for other outdoor projects. I'll have a new back patio area in the next few months, and I'll probably build some pieces for out there.

Side note, this reminded me of how much I hate working with maple, especially when there is some figure and weird grain. My jointer ripped it all to bits and I spent way too much effort sanding.
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Slightly better pictures. Brought it inside to let the last coat of oil soak in and dry, since it's a little cool and damp out right now.



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