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Offline rmhinden

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Alaskan Cedar Side Tables
« on: August 14, 2020, 07:56 PM »
I completed three outdoor side tables.  They are made from Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  Decided to not put finish on them and will let them weather naturally.  Cedar is supposed to do well outside.

Used lots of 6mm Sipo dominos and waterproof glue.   The legs have a taper and I put bevels the top.    I think they came out well, and importantly wife likes them :-)

Some pictures below.  I made brackets with slots to allow for movement in the top.  Used the domino (6mm) to make the mortices.

Bob







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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Alaskan Cedar Side Tables
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2020, 08:45 PM »
Dominoed glue blocks look good. Since the panel moves side to side (that's, towards the long aprons), any risk that the slots in the blocks glued on the long aprons are not wide enough (especially if you used large screws)?
« Last Edit: August 14, 2020, 08:52 PM by ChuckM »

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Alaskan Cedar Side Tables
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2020, 12:20 AM »
Alaska Yellow Cedar is nice stuff.  They should weather well.

Offline ear3

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Re: Alaskan Cedar Side Tables
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2020, 08:18 AM »
Those came out really well.  Are the edges of the top planks chamfered to mimic spacing, or is that an actual space between them.?

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Offline Cheese

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Re: Alaskan Cedar Side Tables
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2020, 09:48 AM »
Really nice job Bob, they came out great.   [thumbs up]

My only suggestion is to place something like this on the bottom of each leg so that they don't suck up water. They are available without the black washer on the top and they raise the leg maybe 1/8" above any moisture.

I put them on the legs of our cedar table and cedar chairs and they're fantastic. Before I added them the legs were always wet and pieces of cedar were always chipping off.


Offline threesixright

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Re: Alaskan Cedar Side Tables
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2020, 10:28 AM »
[mention]rmhinden [/mention] looks great!

Is there any “golden” ratio / angle for the tapered legs? Look very nice!


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Offline rmhinden

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Re: Alaskan Cedar Side Tables
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2020, 11:29 AM »
Thanks for the nice comments.  To answer your questions:

[mention]rmhinden [/mention] looks great!

Is there any “golden” ratio / angle for the tapered legs? Look very nice!

Thanks!  Nothing formal, I did it by eye.   I made a test leg, took about 1/4" off, looked at it and took a little more off, then decided I liked how it looked.   

Really nice job Bob, they came out great.   [thumbs up]

My only suggestion is to place something like this on the bottom of each leg so that they don't suck up water. They are available without the black washer on the top and they raise the leg maybe 1/8" above any moisture.

I put them on the legs of our cedar table and cedar chairs and they're fantastic. Before I added them the legs were always wet and pieces of cedar were always chipping off.


Thanks!   That's a great idea, I will do that.

Those came out really well.  Are the edges of the top planks chamfered to mimic spacing, or is that an actual space between them.?


Thanks!  There are spaces between the top boards.  Here is a better picture.



Dominoed glue blocks look good. Since the panel moves side to side (that's, towards the long aprons), any risk that the slots in the blocks glued on the long aprons are not wide enough (especially if you used large screws)?

Thanks!  I think I left enough space, the screws are about half the width of the slots, I guess I will find out.   As you can see from the picture, there will be some wood movement in both directions.   

Thanks again for the comments.

Bob

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Alaskan Cedar Side Tables
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2020, 11:48 AM »
Now I see that the top isn't one single panel, the dominoed blocks will, of course, be issues-free. Since they're for outdoors, I think your choice of spaced boards instead of one panel (grooved) which collects water is spot-on.
« Last Edit: August 15, 2020, 05:06 PM by ChuckM »

Offline Jasonj888

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Re: Alaskan Cedar Side Tables
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2020, 03:56 PM »
They look great, very classic proportions. Nice job!