Corine Owens Table November 07th, 2018 - 03:03:35
Outdoor table made from decay-resistant Western red cedar, this beefy table features breadboard ends unique design, details and two sturdy benches. This piece would look good in anyone's backyard or a kitchen. This table will take a couple of weekends to build, but it's well worth your time. Investment a table like this will last you a very long time and will serve you and your family.
Well, let's build it, the entire project is made from eight quarter stock, but you can substitute construction grade lumber. If you want to save a few bucks, I'm going to start by laying out and prepping the stock for the legs I use. The chop saw to break the board's down table leg stock is on the Left bench leg stock is on the right. The pieces are then roughly ripped in half at the handsaw. Each piece is then joined on one face and then plane to thickness.
Each leg is comprised of two pieces, so we'll need to glue them together. Since this is an outdoor table, I'm using waterproof glue type on three. You see that little glue roller, that's actually called a bracer and it's usually used for spreading ink. You can buy one at amazon.com, I'm clamping two legs at a time here. The boards are still oversized. So I'm not too worried about alignment or the rough edges after the glue ups. You should have four long table legs and eight small bench legs.
I scrape away the dried glue and then clean up one of the rough edges at the joined back at the planer I'll, bring each leg to final dimension, three and a half inches square for the table legs and three inches square for the bench legs. Each leg is then cut to length at the miter saw now we're going to start cutting our apron and stretcher stock. Cutting these parts is the same process as before rough cutting at the handsaw and making the pieces flat and square with the joiner and planer. Each piece is then ripped to the appropriate width at the table saw with a stop in place.
Cutting similar parts to the same length is a piece of cake. Now, let's talk a little bit about the joinery for this project. When Nicole asked me to make this table, she made it pretty clear that she wanted it done yesterday. So speed was definitely an issue in most cases when it comes to joinery. Speed also brings with it a decrease in quality, and there are a couple exceptions and woodworking.