Jul96 Project: Deck Table
A simple cedar table for our back deck.
(Sorry, the photo turned out rather dark
- Commence/Completion Date:
- Commenced and Completed July 1, 1996. (Canada Day)
The tables intended use is dual-purpose. Most of the time it will sit
by the back door as a place to set down packages while unlocking
the door. At other times it will serve a holder of books, drinks,
and whatnot while we sit on the deck.
In part this was also a "Ok, we've got the stuff (left-over wood),
we've got the idea, we've had the need for a while and I feel like
making some sawdust tonite so let's DO IT!!" evening.
Big, Long, Involved, projects do have their place. It is also
very satisfying to think of, plan, design, and build a project in
- 2x4 Cedar end-cuts, left over after building some fence
sections. (whatever was laying around in the garage.)
- Cutting Guide / Plans:
- Custom "plans".
(1) Visualized it in my head.
(2) Measured the spot by the door.
(3) layed out the left-over cedar end-cuts on the bench.
(4) finalized size based on the available material.
(5) When the top was complete, picked an arbitrary angle for
the legs (10 degrees on my table-saw) and cut the end of one
soon-to-be-leg board. positioned it on the table, looked
good, proceeded with the rest of the legs.
Here is a faked-up drawing of the project. No accurate
measurements, certainly not a true 3d representation. Just
enough to capture the idea. (Actually, the real table has six
boards across the top, not seven as shown here)
- None yet. We may just let it naturally weather. I did
rough-sand the finished product with 80-grit paper.