Archive for May, 2012

May 27th, 2012

Outdoor dining table

This is my outdoor table made from dimensional cedar lumber. I got the inspiration from a project featured on house calls. The dimensions are 40”x72” which provides comfortable seating for 6 people. Each of the 8 2×4s of the table top have two biscuits into the 2×6 at each end. The base is made with 4×4 legs connected by 2×4 rails and lots of 2 1/2” pocket screws. Pocket screws evenly spaced around the 2×4 perimeter of the base secure the top in place. The finish is Thompson’s water seal.

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9 month update (second picture): The water seal was apparently not the best finish because the table quickly turned gray and ugly looking after only a few months. So this spring, I sanded the top down and applied a UV protecting deck stain that is clear with a cedar tint. The package said it lasts 6 years on fences and 4 years on decks, so hopefully it will look good for quite a while.

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May 18th, 2012

Pocket hole jig organizer and base

I built this from plans (101 Best Ever Workshop Projects 2011). It provides storage, workpiece support, and a solid base to clamp the jig to the bench. It is made from a single 2’x4’ sheet of 1/2” birch plywood from the home center. The dividers are dadoed into each other but not into the base, just glued down. There is a minor problem in that I have a newer version of the jig that is a bit larger so it hangs off the back. The catches came from Lowe’s. I was lucky to find them there because the ones called for in the plans were from a mail order catalog. And that can get spendy on shipping when ordering just one item.

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