Patio Table & Benches
Here’s an outdoor project that’s built with the same care and craftsmanship as fine, indoor furniture.
Compared to other types of furniture, outdoor projects are really put to the test. Exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun and to extremes in heat and humidity mean that the project has to be designed to withstand a lot of abuse. This outdoor table is up to the challenge — yet its design is as attractive as it is sturdy. To make the base of the table as strong as possible, it’s built as a thick frame that’s joined with half laps and through mortise and tenons. No surprises here. What is surprising is how quickly this base can go together with a few simple tips and shortcuts. But the real attraction of this table (and the part that has to withstand most of the abuse) is the top. This is an eight-sided frame that “captures” a series of narrow slats. To make the miters of the top frame as strong as the base that supports it, I added a thick spline to each end. (The slats are supported by simple cleats added to the inside edges of the frame.) If building a big circular frame seems a bit intimidating, don’t worry. You’ll get plenty of help — from setting your miter gauge accurately to assembling the frame (with a single band clamp and a handful of screws) to routing the circle with an easy-to-build trammel jig. Lastly – You will learn how to protect your outdoor project with UV resistant finishes.
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- Metric (unavailable)
What You Get:
- 20 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions.
- More than 120 full color photos and illustrations.
- Materials List
- Tips and tricks for building outdoor furniture
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.