A High Quality Garden Table

2009-09-06

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Our garden table was becoming really ugly, so it was time to do something. I made a new wooden surface with ipé wood. I am quite satisfied with the result...

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Intro

  • Our garden table has been exposed to the weather for four years. It was low cost and very disappointing quality.
  • It was time to do something!
  • The base was made of painted steel and is still OK, so I decided to build a new wooden surface, out of boards of quality hard wood (ipé), and protect it with a special oil for wooden decks (Aquadeck).
  • See the old table, and the new result:
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  • Bill of materials (CHF):

     Wood, approx 2 m2:          220.-
     Aquadeck oil, 2.5 l:        120.-      approx 1/4 was used
     Various screws and plates:   50.-
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     Total (approx)              390.-      not counting the working hours ;-)
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    Buying such a table could cost CHF 800.- or more...
  • Working time: 2 week-ends.

Step 0: Making a Sketch, and Buying the Wood

  1. Make a sketch, e.g. with OpenOffice.org Draw

  2. Buy the wood. The wood was cut to size by Menetrey. Approx CHF 14.- per linear meter.
  3. Make a sketch, and buy the wood:
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Step 1: Gathering Tools and Materials

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Step 2: Sanding It

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Step 3: Checking the Sizes

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Step 4: Boring the Boards (and Making a Special Marking Tool for it)

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Step 5: Assembling the Surface

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Step 6: Binding the Surface, Rounding the Angles

I am not a joinery expert, so I did it the easy way, with metal plates and screws. It won't be visible, because on the bottom side.

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Step 7: Fixing the Surface to the Base

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Step 8: Oiling the Surface

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Step 9: Adding Spacers to the Base

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Finished product

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Verdict

  • Awesome, I must say B) ! was fun to make, and the final product is nice to use.

  • This oil gives a perfectly waterproof protection,
  • and an extraordinary looking, slightly silky, finish.
  • It was worth the work!


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