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Offline lunchman

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Bistro Table
« on: October 03, 2016, 10:19 PM »
On our pool deck we've had a metal and glass pub height table for the past 10+ years, has served us well. With the addition of the Adirondack chairs and side table I built earlier this Summer, it was time for a matching Bistro table. The overall design came from a project plan in an old edition of Wood Magazine which I found online. The plan was priced higher than the entire back issue, and I remembered that a friend had given me a stack of woodworking magazines a few years ago. Yep, there it was - in my stash of magazines.

I changed the plans to make use of the Domino and changed the size of the table as well as the height. Wood, like the Adirondacks is Meranti. I was thinking that I should have resized the 4x4 legs to 2.5 x 2.5 as in the plans, but the overall size looks pretty good. It is darn heavy though with the 4x4 posts for legs. 

Lots of measurements, made good use of all the Woodpecker tools. And it's amazing how well things go together when using the Domino. It's not quite finished but I figured I'd post this.

Some pics -

Parts cut and edges routed for the top -

Assembling the top -

Took advantage of the contrasting Meranti between 1x6s (light) and 1x4s -

Marking out the mortises on the legs -

Legs are Domino'd and assembled with a pocket screw -

Top resting on base -

And what it will look like with chairs -

What's left to do? Cleats need to be cut and attached to the base for mounting the table top. Then a final sanding with the RO90 and Teak oil finish needs to be applied. All in time to put it inside for the winter!


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Offline CarolinaNomad

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Re: Bistro Table
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 10:37 PM »
 Very nice table.  I always find that style table to be easily knocked around or wobbly due to the height and narrow legs.  Having it heavier is a plus in my mind.  And I prefer the 4x4 legs
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Offline lunchman

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Re: Bistro Table
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2017, 10:25 AM »
After sitting in the basement all Winter, I continued this Spring with more sanding with the Pro5 (fortunately, mine was one without issues) and started in on finishing with Watco Teak Oil. It took a number of weekends to sand, apply finish, wait for it to dry, and repeat the process a number of times. It's now got about 4 or 5 coats of Teak Oil on it. (Time to add more layers to the Adirondack chairs). The surface isn't as glass-like as I would have liked, but it's an outdoor table and will get its fair share of use, and pollen and whatever else lands on it.

As mentioned, all assembled with Dominoes. Pocket screws used as well on the leg assembly.

Finally in use -

If I can find time, I'd love to try my hand at some swivel chairs but there are too many other projects on the agenda first.

Thanks for looking.