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It's not just the shape of this Patio Table that's unique. The joinery that goes into building the table is similar to what you d find in an indoor table. Yet all the joints are made with just a table saw and a router.
This Patio Table isn't shaped like a standard picnic table, and it's not built like one either. Making it involves cutting three joints: lap joints, mortise and tenons, and splined miters. Not the joinery you'd expect to find in an outdoor project.
joinery. But the biggest challenge is not in making the joints for the base. The main challenge comes in accurately cutting the miters for the frame around the top. With sixteen miters to cut, any error gets multiplied when the frame is assembled.
So the secret is to take your time and make a test frame from scrap wood first. Then, when you're done, youll have a table for outdoors that's built with the craftsmanship of indoor furniture.
SUPPLIES. I used clear heart redwood for the table base and top frame. White oak and cedar are good alternatives. In fact, I made the top slats of western red cedar — they add contrast and hold down the cost.
The main joints in the table have no hardware, they're assembled with moisture-resistant glue. Keeper strips and screws hold the top slats in place. The top itself is secured to the base with threaded inserts and machine bolts. (This makes it easy to break the table down for storage in the winter.)
To reduce the effects of the elements in the summer, the table is finished with a mixture of spar varnish and tung oil, see Sources, page 31.
OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 48 WW x 29"H
frame (ay spline slats keeper strips
SLATS ARE CUT OVERSIZE, THEN TRIMMED TO FIT
#8 x T/4" Fh WOODSCREW
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