My parents built a new deck and my mother is a quilter, so of course I made them new deck tables inspired by her quilting. Quilt tables!
The shapes are created by cutting out plywood into the geometric patterns I wanted. In between, the pieces were filled with wood putty. I stained each piece with a very saturate colored wood stain, taping off where I didn’t want the stain to get. The terracotta color is just straight redwood deck stain. I sealed the entire table multiple times with a clean deck stain.
I also turned the legs for the tables. I hadn’t really turned wood on a lathe before so each leg is completely different. That process really gave me a nice opportunity to explore how the lathe worked and what each of the chisels could do for me. I used 4 by 4 fir and chamfered the corners so the profile look was an octagon.
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Sadly, in the end the tables did not last. The temperature and moisture changes caused the plywood to de-laminate over time. Next time, I would build this out of solid wood and do all of my sealing and staining in a shed or garage instead of outside. I think some moisture got in during that process.
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