Transform rugged Australian jarrah into a graceful outdoor table.
by Tom Caspar
Picture yourself at a small, round café table with a cup of
coffee and a newspaper. The world goes by along a busy boulevard. People
are hurrying about their business, but you’re an island of calm in a
crazy world. Although your backyard may not be quite that busy, you can
enjoy the same tranquillity with this outdoor table.
This table is just the right size for one person to spread out the
Sunday paper, or for two people to have lunch. It has three feet instead
of four, so it sits firmly on an uneven deck or terrace. It has a
turned central column instead of legs, so you can comfortably stretch
out your legs.
The table is made from jarrah, a weatherproof wood from Australia
that’s strong and durable. White oak would be a good alternative. Total
material costs are about $500.
The table consists of four major
parts: the top and cleats, made from 6/4 lumber, and the column and
base, made from 8/4. Tackle the bottom half first, beginning with the
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