David Bedrosian made this outdoor table from ipé to match the deck outside his home and because he likes the Brazilian hardwood's rich color, dimensional stability, and natural resistance to decay. This 5-ft.-dia. table seats six. The top is made of boards surrounded by an round outer frame constructed from 12 thicker segments. Gaps between the boards allow water to drain and lighten the look of the top. Gently curved legs attach to the base with mortise-and-tenon joints. An oil finish highlights the wood.

From Fine Woodworking #183

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