Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Outdoor serving table II
Once the mortises were done, it didn't take long to finish the table. Here it is with the salvaged Corian resting on it.
I didn't want a front stretcher on it because I want to be able to sit at it comfortably on a stool. I doubt that the corner braces on the front legs are really necessary because the table has 14 stout, pegged mortise and tenon joints. I added them anyway, for additional strength and because I like they way they look. I did something different from what I usually see.
The grain runs diagonally, which I think looks nice and takes advantage of the characteristics of wood to be very strong. I created the shadow line to emphasize the difference. They are held in place with pegs.
I have never understood why the grain on the ones I usually see on arts and crafts tables runs parallel to the leg. It seems like it would make the brace prone to splitting on the very short inside section. I also don't think this curve looks right on an arts and crafts piece, but that's just me. This is a nice library table but the brace just looks crude to my eye.
The final decision is how to finish my serving table. I wanted to leave it unfinished and let it weather, with the idea that it would end up looking like an old white oak whiskey barrel after a few years. However, my wife didn't like that idea, so I found some semi-transparent exterior stain that is almost indistinguishable from the raw white oak.
Posted by Andy at 5:04 PM