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Catalpia Outdoor Table

comments (3) July 16th, 2010 in Reader's Gallery

MarkFoster MarkFoster, member
thumbs up 5 users recommend

My girlfriend wanted one of those $3000 fancy outdoor tables for the backyard, so I built this one for $200. I used some catalpia that my buddy Dan Hudock ( had buried in the lumbar pile for the top. Only took 26 mortise/tenon joints to get that style I wanted. It has seemed to handle the crazy hot/wet summer here in Phila so far. Finished it with Spar varnish, that goes on like cold maple syrup! The trestle style legs are white oak, finished with same spar crap. We eat outside all the time now and enjoy it.

Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, table, tenons, white oak, varnish, trestle

Comments (3)

ButchGMacDonald ButchGMacDonald writes: I have used thick spar varnish to fill cracks and crevices. It levels nicely and doesn't have the fumes like epoxy.
Posted: 8:36 am on November 4th

Jurgen01 Jurgen01 writes: This is a well-designed and well-constructed table. The finish is entirely appropriate for this application, though I would agree that spar varnish does work more easily when it is thinned (slightly) with mineral spirits. Well done!
Posted: 5:46 pm on August 5th

ButchGMacDonald ButchGMacDonald writes: For outdoor varnish you can't go wrong with that spar crap.
Posted: 11:30 pm on July 17th

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